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Ella-Bella Bee show lyrics

©Janet Rayor, 2018 & 2019 all lyrics except

 "Bat Habitat" ©Victoria Millard & Rayor, 2017

1-Ella Bella Bee & the Pollinators

©2018 Janet Rayor

CH: (2x's for audience to learn sing along)

Ella bella, Ella Bella, I'm a Bee

Makin' food for you as I make it for me

Ella-Bella, Ella-Bella- yes that's me!

If you like food, you gotta like me!

Ella Bella Bee and the pollinators

Flyin' flower to flower is a sweet behavior

Cause without us where'd be your food

So many fruits n' vegies you'd have to exclude 

 

Ella Bella Bee and the pollinator crew

Shakin' each flower, to bring food to you

Cause fruit doesn't grow by its own accord

It needs pollinators' . . . help on board

 

Bridge: 

Apples and berries

Almonds and cherries

Bees make them fruit and thrive 

Squashes and pea plants

Most grains that you see can't

Be grown without the pollinator tribe!

 

CH: (Audience sings along)

Ella bella, Ella Bella, I'm a Bee

Makin' food for you as I make it for me

Ella-Bella, Ella-Bella- yes that's me!

If you like food, you gotta like me!

 

Verse 2:

Ella Bella Bee and the Pollinator crew 

We don't slack off, we've work to do

Cause fruit doesn't grow without our bumps n' licks

It needs pollinators for food to pick!

 

Ella Bella Bee and the pollinators

We're all in this together so do us a favor

You save us so we can save you

Ella Bella Bee and the Pollinator Crew

 

Bridge: 

Apples and berries

Almonds and cherries

Bees make them fruit and thrive

Squashes and pea plants

Most grains that you see can't

Be grown without the pollinator tribe

 

Ch: (audience sings along)

Ella-Bella, Ella-Bella- I'm a Bee!

Makin' food for you as I make it for me!

Ella-Bella, Ella-Bella, we can save you

Ella Bella Bee & the Pollinator Crew

2-Leave Me Bee ©2018 Janet Rayor

Poor little me, Poor little Bee

If I sting your knee

Cause I'm scared, 

You dare to swat at me

 

Just one sting, and I sing

Goodbye to the Queen

Cause I'm-a gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

With one little sting

 

If there's a chance, you dance

In a barefoot stance

You could pound on the ground

Of a Bumble Bee mound

 

I'll deflect, and protect, my clan of insects

And be gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

With one little sting

 

chorus 1:

Oh please let me Bee

Stay out of my way

I'll freely be a friend

I'll live another day

 

Leave me Bee, don'tcha swat

Leave me Bee, don'tcha squash

Or I'll be gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

With one little sting

 

verse 3:

If you're stung, And you've sung

Out your pain and fear

Put on ice, Honey's nice, Even toothpaste's a cure

 

Or a pen, Epipen, Should be always near

So you're not gone, gone, gone, gone, gone with one little sting!

Oh please let me Bee

Stay out of my way

I'll freely be a friend

I'll live another day

 

Leave me Bee, don'tcha swat

Leave me Bee, don'tcha squash

Or I'll be gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

With one little sting (I'm-a goner!) 

3-Sister Bees ©2018 Janet Rayor

When I'm at home with my sisters

Bianca, Beatrice 'n Debbee

I feel so at home with my sisters

All fifty thousand-seventy-three

When I'm at home with my sisters

We share all the chores around

At home in the hive with my sisters

We enjoy nectar we've found.

I'd be in a twister

to know what to do

Without all my sisters

Helping me too.

At home in the hive with my sisters

I never feel alone.

Dinners are made with my sisters

And they're never on their phones!

It's only us girls

For months of our lives

We're nursing, n' cleaning, 

Till the few boys arrive

We help each other us sisters

A peaceful home as can be

We spoil our few little misters

Then kick them out to be free!

We'll coddle our brothers

So they can grow strong

They'll make more sisters

But boys don't live long!

When I come home to my sisters

With more pollen than pockets hold

They'll comb my fuzz of the pollen

Calling me pretty & bold!

Mom gave us life

Now we care for her

There's never strife

Sister love is pure

When I'm at home with my sisters

Bianca, Beatrice 'n Debbee

I feel so at home with my sisters

All fifty thousand-seventy-three

4-Apis Mellifera by Janet Rayor, ©2019

(Audience learns to sing “Apis Mellifera” in chorus)

CHORUS:

Apis Mellifera, the Honey Bee name

Apis Mellifera, Honey is our game

All bees pollinate plants large and small

Yet without honey bees, no honey, none at all!

 

(Rubato)

We're a super hero bees

We make honey with our time

It's not just to eat

No! Honey is sublime!

 

(A tempo)

20,000 species of bees in the wild

Are important for the world, in their sleek or fuzzy style.

Yet the help of Honey Bees cannot be over-stated--

How sad if honeybees were obliterated!

 

CHORUS:

Apis Mellifera the Honey Bee name

Apis Mellifera, Honey is our game

All bees pollinate plants large and small

Yet without honey bees, no honey, none at all!

 

“You may ask, 'What's honey good for?'” “What's honey good for?”

“It's a Hygroscopic!”

“A Hygroscopic?!”

“A hygroscopic dries things out.”

 

A hygroscopic, it dries up a wound

Keeping it clean, my what a boon!

Soon burns heal, sealed with less pain.

Not protecting bees? Truly insane!

 

Apis Mellifera is the Honey Bee name

Apis Mellifera and honey is our game

All bees pollinate, yes thousands large and small

Yet do not make what we make, no they do not, not at all!

Yet do not make what we make, no they do not, not at all!

 

“You may ask, 'What's honey good for?'”

“What's honey good for?”

“It's an antibacterial”

“An anti-bacterial?!”

 

Medi-honey keeps out bacteria and fungus

For burns or ulcers -- a miracle among us!

Gums and throat were helped traditionally

Some say it even helps you not to sneeze

 

“Less allergy?”

“Supposedly!”

 

Apis Mellifera is the Honey Bee name

Apis Mellifera and honey is our game

All bees pollinate, yes thousands large and small

Yet do not make what we make, no they do not, not at all!

Yet do not make what we make, no they do not, not at all!

5-Little Bees by Janet Rayor, © May 2019

We're little bees

Just tiny bees

Helping out our families

 

We love to hum

In petals bright

Dancing, sipping in sunlight

Rub pollen into our fluffy fuzz

And bring back nectar to our hive cuz . . .

 

We're little bees

Just tiny bees

Helping out our families

 

People want plants without insects

They don't want weeds but don't suspect

Bees eat & drink the poisoned dew

Would they want us dead if they had a clue?

 

You're bigger than a little bee

Big enough to help others see

 

Poison hurts bees, it's a blow!

There's other green ways for food to grow.

Are perfect lawns such a big, big deal

If poison dandelions are my last meal?!

 

We're little bees

Just tiny bees

Helping out our families

 

Spring to fall we need lots of flowers

Different kinds – give us our power!

Clover, apple, sunflowers too.

We need more than one food, just like you!

 

We're little bees, Just tiny bees

Helping out our families

 

Could you grow flowers just for us?

Then eat the fruits, what a plus

Plant organic seeds in open lot dirt,

Grass strip, schoolyard, All can work!

 

You're bigger than a little bee

Big enough to help others see

 

We love to drink flowers

We don't want to stop

But without your help

Us bees could just drop. . .plop

 

Cause we're little bees

Just tiny bees

You're bigger than a little bee. . .

6-The Tango Buzz 2018 ©Janet Rayor

(Two volunteers dance with Ella-Bella)

Munching in a corn patch

A beetle scorned me,

“You think you are so cultured

But you're only just a Bee

Yes, you make honey

But your dancing? An art? 

You don't sing arias! ( “like Crickets”)

Or write poetry that's smart! “ 

 

He sniffed and belittled

As I prepped my backside

"I said dance is a language

these steps, have you tried?

Dance is pure pleasure

When you vibrate your wings

A joyful art--that tells many things:

~~~

I hop from side to side—entering the hive

It's a “Brush me!” dance—so stylists will arrive

Pollen collected from my fuzz-- feeds new Bees

Queen Bee gets a buzz

 

To give the directions to nectar I've spied 

I do a figure eight, distance implied

If food is far I figure eight, 

round dance when it's near

Count up the laps, when I waggle my rear!

 

CHORUS:

And when new queens need to fly

We dance to say

Go mate with all the guys

You'll need those eggs!

We need new kin!

We shake our butts 

and then we'll spin!

--

To find a new hive, I spend a good half hour

To measure length and width, Up and down I scour

Buzz back to home, to chat-up this choice,

I bump and shimmy, dancing is my voice.

 

Us scouts dance our findings, Conga lines ensue 

Each describes new digs, our sisters to woo

Who wins the most dancers when they perform

Waggled the best answer, n' leads the whole swarm, 

Dances for a new home--Dances where to roam!

Dances to keep warm---Danger 'n when to swarm

Dances to be groomed--Dances when to mate

Dance a nice tune. . .

So new queens won't be ate!

Chorus:

And when new queens need to fly, We dance to say.

Go mate with all the guys--You'll need those eggs, 

We need new kin!--We shake our butts, 

yes we shake our butts, & spin!

7-Garden Fairy ©2018 

(Costume change into beautiful hummingbird mask.)

I can fly both front & backwards

I can dive both up and down

I'm a darting wing sensation

In red flowers can be found

 

Y'ought'a lure this pollinator

Whose speeds extraordinary

Leave a jar of sugar water

And I'll be your ...”garden fairy”

 

chorus:

But it doesn't take long for weed killer

To take a toll on my liver

Let me be your food fairy

And you be mine

-

I'm a tiny little bird

With a lovely humming sound

Don't buy seeds with herbicide

So us hummers can rebound

 

Plant runner beans 'n sage

I'm a hungry nectar fan

Plant 'em, we'll engage

Can't you see, I'll be your fan?!

But it doesn't take long for weed-killer

To take a toll on my liver

Let me be your food fairy

And you be mine

I zip round when I fly

Like a helicopter hover

My heart beats, oh my,

A flutter like no other

 

If you want this pollinator

With speeds extraordinary

Leave a jar of sugar water

And I'll be your ...“garden fairy”

But it doesn't take long for weed killer

To take a toll On my liver

Let me be your food fairy

And you be mine (2x)

8-Clean Flying Machine ©2018 Janet Rayor

“Hi, I'm Miss Betty Bat, good to be back at the Bee Bar Lounge! Do you like to be bit be mosquitoes? Do I hear a "No?" Do I hear a "No?" A "No, no, no!" Well, I am your friend indeed, a friend in your need cause I love to catch um right in my teeth or pop 'em from wing to mouth like popcorn!”

I'm fast flying lady,  I don't drink blood

Except mosquitoes, wing to mouth I give a shove

I eat 'em fast as they fly around the mud

No time to lay eggs a'fore I hit 'em from above.

I'm a clean, clean flying machine!

Beetle eats crops all the day
But he won't live long if I have my way
You don't need poisons. . . just let me chew:

Moths, flies, wasps. . .I munch 'em too!

I'm a clean, clean. . . flying machine!


Oo, but you don't know us--You think we're bad
Oo, rethink it!
Cause we're eating the bugs you despise!


Southern bats sip sweet from white-petaled flowers
Got a knack, seeing light in the darkest hour
Scented blossoms at night- we're ready to swoon

Pollinating fruit underneath the moon
Yes we're a clean, clean . . . flying machines

(Rubato:)
When I'm singing, I've got a piercing sound 
My squeaks so loud, my ears could pound
But I squeeze my inner ear, repeatedly I plug
Then release to hear echoes, echoes, echoes
Off fast-flying bugs. . .We're clean, clean flying machines!

9-Bat Habitat by Victoria Millard/Rayor ©2017

 

If you come into our caves

You interrupt our sleep

And bring in icky fungus

That you'll track in with yo' feet

 

For homes in Seattle

Keep tall trees, it would please us

Or build us high houses 

N' help save us from diseases

Now I'd say that's only fair, cause we're eatin' all your gnats

Us flyin' mammals in the air 

By name of . . . bats!

10-I Need a Garden by Rayor ©2018

(Audience sings "I need a garden each time.  Dots indicate "I need a garden" repeated.)

I need a garden

. . .Doesn't have to be a lot

I need a garden

. . .Can be just one spot

I need a garden. . .Grass strip or a pot

Just work with what you've got

 

I need a garden

. . .Containers are nice

. . .For herbs to spice

. . .For carrots that entice

Garden Hotline gives advice

 

You gotta keep it simple

Plant things that grow back

Share packets of seeds

Share a pack of plants

And if your grass gets weeds

Save bucks n energy

Cause dan-de-lions

Are good for Bees!

 

I need a garden

. . .Dig out grass from the ground

. . .Put dirt in a mound

. . .Plant seeds all around

Hear a sweet humming sound

 

I need a garden

. . .a little row of peas

. . .a big fruit tree

. . .Lots of food for me

Big red strawberries

 

You gotta keep it simple

Plant things that grow back

Share a packet of seeds

Share a pack of plants

And if your grass gets weeds

Save bucks n energy

Cause dan-de-lions

Are good for Bees!

 

I need a garden

. . .Fruits and veggies to pluck

. . .For health, it's good luck

. . .It'll save you bucks

So bees won't go away!

I need a garden!

Cut from SHOW-
. . . but still has fun information!
Bee All You Can Bee ©2018 Janet Rayor

I'm so proud of those brave bees

Who took it for the team

They died for their families

For people with their sting

 

Their stories should be told

For they did not die in vain

Those heroines in black and gold

Who battled through their pain

Flung down on invaders-

Thousands of us bugs

We fought medieval raiders-

Stung their ugly mugs

Though it cost our lives,

against foes we teemed

The village survived

Enemies were creamed

 

Chorus:

Our stings have been used, for so many things

Defenses, n' fences, medicinal inventions

Yes our stings have been used, for so many things

Stings are an amazing thing!

Farmers in Africa found a

way to save their crops

From hungry elephants

By Bees were stopped:

Tied rope between hives

At edges of plots

Keeps elephants alive

Scared by Bees, they're stopped!

 

Chorus:

Our stings have been used, for so many things

Defenses, n' fences, medicinal inventions

Yes our stings have been used, for so many things

Stings are an amazing thing!

King John used stings--For his worst aching joints

Painful zings-- at his arthritic points

Extreme inflammation rushed in blood

A healing sensation,

A relieving flood!

 

(Chorus repeats)

I'm so proud of those brave bees

Who took it for the team

They died for their families

For people with their sting

(a tempo)

Yes our stings have been used, for so many things

Stings are an amazing thing!