The Honeybus – I Can’t Let Maggie Go

My 19-year-old son came in tonight and said a quick Hi Dad…he then muttered: “I Can’t Let Maggie Go… Honeybus.” I, of course, asked him what the hell he was talking about. He told me it was a song by a band named Honeybus (I thought it was a new band) and to listen to it because he couldn’t get it out of his head. I didn’t ask him where he heard this song but it stuck with me …late 60s light pop.

The band formed in London in 1967. After hitting with this song they were on the front page of music magazines  Disc and Music Echo. The song peaked at #8 in the UK in 1968…but this would be their only hit.

I Can’t Let Maggie Go

She makes me laugh, she makes me cry, with a twinkle of her eye
She flies like a bird in the sky
She flies like a bird and I wish that she was mine
She flies like a bird, oh me, oh my
I see her sigh
Now I know, I can’t let Maggie go

We walk here and we walk there
People stop and people stare
‘Cause she flies like a bird in the sky
She flies like a bird and I wish that she was mine
She flies like a bird, oh me, oh my
I see her sigh
Now I know, I can’t let Maggie go

She flies like a bird in the sky
She flies like a bird and I wish that she was mine
She flies like a bird, oh me, oh my
I see her sigh
Now I know, I can’t let Maggie go

Oh yes, she flies like a bird in the sky
She flies like a bird and I wish that she
was mine (Oh yes, I wish that she was mine)
She flies like a bird, oh me, oh my
I see her sigh
Now I know, I can’t let Maggie go

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

5 thoughts on “The Honeybus – I Can’t Let Maggie Go”

  1. Never heard it before, not bad. Like Jeremy suggests, the sound quality is only so-so but maybe the original was better. Good for your son finding it though. My step-daughter is 19 too (an ‘interesting’ age) and makes fun of most of what I listen to but once in awhile surprises me with something she found on Spotify that she thinks is great …and I’ve raved about for decades, like “Killing Moon” by Echo & the Bunnymen.

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  2. Nice to see young people getting earworms from songs I loved as a kid – all together now, “now I know I can’t let Maggie go…”. This was used on an advert for lightweight bread in the UK, hence the “she flies like a bird in the sky” in a hot air balloon, presumably she would have dropped like a brick if she’d gone for other brands……

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    1. I know quite a few songs from that era by lesser known bands but this one was new to me. It’s funny sometimes he plays me something that is well known to most people but is new to him…this time he got me which is great.

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