Mad Honey

Chip Withrow's picture

Mad Honey



Liner Notes: 

I read an article in National Geographic about a guy in Nepal who risks his life to climb up a cliff in search of hives of hallucinogenic honey. Now, that's song-worthy.
Recorded live at our local outdoor market. Mostly me and an electric guitar borrowed from @AndyGetch, and there's a fellow playing harmonica in the background.


High up on a mountain reigns a queen bee in her hive
Many men have tried to meet her not all make it back alive
Might be hallucination, might be eternal hope
Proceed without protection on a ladder made of rope

Call her Mad Honey oh the heights that we will climb
Each taste of what she offers gives a vision so sublime
But she's a wicked mistress to desperate men and women too
For just one taste of Mad Honey oh what we wouldn't do

A job passed down for generations takes more good luck than skill
All your life spent in a village of huts upon a hill
Up so high don't dare look down into a crevice sharp and deep
As her angry soldiers swarm you
To protect all they can keep

Call her Mad Honey she makes you take on any dare
And you need a secret signal to find her in the market square
Not just for breakfast but anytime you need the cure
Mad Honey gives you vision of a world oh so pure

Call her Mad Honey oh the heights that we will climb
Each taste of what she offers promises to transcend time
Oh she's a wicked mistress she compels to you admit
For just one taste of Mad Honey you’re in too deep to quit

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


cindyrella's picture

What a great story behind this and such a super job! As good as it gets!

Wow, a short strange trip that may be Smile

I found the illegal kind growing in my back yard in Spring time ... --not sure how they come and go (they like grassy areas I hear?), --and one does need to be "sure", so that it's not a one-way trip.

-- Anyway ... yet, another gud'un!

Frances Smith's picture

Well, I enjoyed "Claudia's drunk bed" so much I thought I'd come back and see what else was going on in this market. This is very entertaining too. I love how Mad Honey is a she, and it's written as if she could be a woman that could drive someone mad! Beautifully done, and sounds really good too.

Jerry Pettit's picture

Very much enjoyed this. You've done a nice job with the story/lyrics, and I really like the vocal!

AndyGetch's picture

Making my guitar and little amp sound good Brother Bird! Some of us are still looking for that secret signal Smile