Album: Tearing at the Seams (2018)
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  • Come on now, baby
    You speak so soft and low
    Come on now, baby
    You think that I don't know
    I need some honey


    Sweet foods such as honey, sugar and candy are often used to describe by songwriters to describe sexual attraction. During this R&B-influenced song, Nathaniel Rateliff compares the sweet, food substance to his need for some relaxed intimacy with his girl.
  • Former Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats bassist Rett Rogers directed the video. The clip, which Rogers filmed at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, follows a group of older couples sharing moments together and enjoying the Night Sweats' music.

    "'A Little Honey' is a song all about love and desire," Rateliff said. "Everyone needs some honey and sweet loving, and in the video we wanted to embrace that kind of love in couples of all ages. A burning love doesn't have any kind of borders or age restrictions."
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats released a limited-edition chocolate bar named after the song. Crafted from 74% dark heirloom Costa Rican cacao, organic honey, blood orange and marigold petals, proceeds from the chocolate bar go towards Rateliff's foundation The Marigold Project and to Denver Urban Gardens, which works to create "sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens."
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats released "A Little Honey" as the second single from Tearing at the Seams. The song charted at #2 on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs.
  • Tearing at the Seams is the follow-up to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats' debut eponymous studio album. Rateliff's musician friend Richard Swift produced both records. Sadly, he died after a drawn-out battle with alcohol addiction four months after the release of the album. Fleet Foxes paid tribute to Swift on their 2020 track "Sunblind."
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats performed the song live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 6, 2018. Twenty-nine months later, Nathaniel Rateliff sang it on the February 13, 2021 episode of Saturday Night Live when he served as the show's musical guest. His fellow Night Sweats joined him for an uplifting performance after he earlier gave a rendition of his solo single "Redemption."

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