Song of the Day #3,874: ‘Honey’ – Robyn

Over the last several years, I’ve featured songs from the top of Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop poll, which compiles the picks of hundreds of music critics into a master Top 100 Albums and Top 50 Singles.

Well, Village Voice closed up shop last year, first moving online only and then ceasing new content creation entirely. It looked like a sad end to a poll dating back to 1974 that gave a fascinating glimpse into the changing popular music landscape.

But wait! A group of editors given responsibility for the Village Voice archives decided to keep the Pazz & Jop poll going. And so, a little late but much appreciated, they debuted the 2018 edition in the middle of last week.

And I can continue my far less established tradition of writing about the songs appearing on it.

This year, the top four tracks have already had their day on Meet Me in Montauk. At #1 is Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America,’ which took the top spot by almost 20 votes. Tied for #2 are Cardi B with ‘I Like It‘ and Janelle Monae with ‘Make Me Feel.’ And at #4 is Ariana Grande with ‘thank u, next.’

That brings us to #5, the title track from Robyn’s album Honey. Robyn also showed up at #5 on the Best Albums list, rounding out a top five of all women artists.

This is a nice, mellow electropop track. I’ve enjoyed Robyn’s work over the years, but I didn’t immediately take to this album. I owe it another listen.

[Intro]
No, you’re not gonna get what you need
But baby, I have what you want
Come get your honey
No, you’re not gonna get what you need
But baby, I have what you want
Come get your honey
I got your honey, baby[Verse 1]
Every colour and every taste
Every breath that whispers your name
It’s like emeralds on the pavement
Every colour and every taste
Every breath that whispers your name
It’s like emeralds on the pavement
I got your honey, baby
At the heart of some kind of flower
Stuck in glitter, strands of saliva
Won’t you get me right where the hurt is?
At the heart of some kind of flower
Stuck in glitter, strands of saliva
Won’t you get me right where the hurt is?

[Pre-Chorus]
And the waves come in and they’re golden
But down in the deep the honey is sweeter
(Ooh, it is sweeter, baby)
And the sun sets on the water
But down in the deep the current is stronger
Oh, yeah

[Chorus]
No, you’re not gonna get what you need
But baby, I have what you want
Come get your honey
No, you’re not gonna get what you need (you need)
Baby, I have what you want (what you want)
Come get your honey
I got your honey, baby

[Verse 2]
Can you open up to the pleasure?
Suck it up inside like a treasure
Let the brightest place be your passion
Can you open up to the pleasure?
Suck it up inside like a treasure
Let the brightest place be your passion
I got your honey, baby
Let go of your doubt, say yes
Let it soak up into the flesh
Never had this kind of nutrition
Let go of your doubts, say yes
Let it soak up into the flesh
Never had this kind of nutrition

[Pre-Chorus]
And the waves come in and they’re golden
But down in the deep the honey is sweeter (sweeter, yeah, yeah)
And the sun sets on the water
But down in the deep the current is stronger (deep, baby)
Ooh, it’s stronger

[Chorus]
No, you’re not gonna get what you need
Baby, I have what you want
Come get your honey (I have what you want)
No, you’re not gonna get what you need (get what you need)
Baby, I have what you want (what you want)
Come get your honey, baby (I have what you want)
No, you’re not gonna get what you need (get what you need)
But I have what you want
And you know that I got it for you, baby
Baby, I have what you want
Ooh, come get your honey, baby
Baby, I have what you want
Come get it, baby

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,874: ‘Honey’ – Robyn

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    With Childish Gambino’s “This is America” just having won Song and Record of the Year at last night’s Grammy’s, it seems like the Village critics have their pulse on the music scene, even if they lost their “Voice.”

    I don’t really know Robyn or this song, but it is rather seductive.

    • Clay says:

      I think it’s more accurate to say that the Grammys finally has its finger on the pulse, because that outfit has been famously out of touch for years.

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