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"The birds and the bees" -  Inara George of the Bird and the Bee

"The birds and the bees" - Inara George of the Bird and the Bee

Date: Oct 05 2009

Themes: Family, Health

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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“Well, you see, son, when a man and woman get along really well and spend a lot of time together, sometimes they decide to…uh…form an electronic jazz duo together.”

No, wait. That’s not how that common parent to child speech goes. Parents have to tell their kids about the birds and the bees, not the Bird and the Bee, even though that would be an easier conversation to have.

At some point, all kids ask their parents, “Where do babies come from?” The idiom “the birds and the bees” refers to the answer to that question. Since the facts of life are a pretty private subject, it helps to have a euphemism for sex and reproduction.

So, since your parents weren’t available for an Ebaby! lesson, we asked Inara George, one half of Los Angeles jazz/pop duo the Bird and the Bee, to have this important conversation with you. Jason recently talked to her on the phone about her hit song “Love Letter to Japan” and where babies…or, uh, her band’s name comes from.


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Inara:  Hi Jason, it’s Inara.

Jason:  Cool. You guys just played with Katy Perry in Hollywood. How was that?

Inara:  It was fun. We haven’t been playing a ton lately, so it’s always fun to play a show.

Jason:  How did you find her fans?

Inara:  They were very sweet. We haven’t opened up for anyone in a long time, but it seemed like the audience was into it, so that was cool.

Jason:  Well, tell me about “Love Letter to Japan.” What inspired that song?

Inara:  Our first record did really well in Japan and we went there I think three times in a year, so we thought it would be nice to do sort of a love song to Japan. But the label chose that song as the single and we didn’t even think that song was going to make it on the record.

Jason:  But then it seems like a really fantastical song. Like, it has a dream in it…

Inara:  It’s a pretty straightforward song. You know like when someone learns a new language and when they start to dream in that language, that’s what people say, is when they’ve actually learned it, you know?

Jason:  Right, right. So your name is the Bird and the Bee and you have this sort of futuristic electronic sound, but it’s also kind of comfortable and classic. And “the birds and the bees” is such a classic, wholesome idiom, I was hoping you could just explain what that means.

Inara:  Well, for us it came from a song. I wrote the lyrics to this song called “Birds and the Bees” and I sort take the idiom out of context so it doesn’t really mean what it means. I think in terms of what it actually means, I think it came from a poem, and I think in reference to sex. And it turned into maybe more of an antiseptic way of discussing sex with young people.

Jason:  So it wasn’t that song, “Birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it…”

Inara:  No, that wasn’t the first time.


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The Bird and the Bee’s first album was very popular in Japan so they went there to perform three times. They liked it so much they decided to write a love letter to the whole country. In the song, Inara sings about a dream she had in Japanese. When you dream in a new language, you know you’re making progress at learning it.

Another one of Inara’s songs is called “Birds and the Bees” and her group is named after it. But birds and bees first got together in a Samuel Coleridge poem called “Work Without Hope,” which was written in 1825. Jason guessed it was a popular song from the 1920s, but like a helpful parent or friend on the playground, Inara was happy to explain the true meaning of the birds and the bees to him.

When was the first time you dreamed in English? Was it before or after you learned about the birds and the bees?

For more with Inara and to see the music video for “Love Letter To Japan” visit our blog. And for music, tour dates and more, visit the Bird and the Bee online.



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Inara George rocks!!!

08:09 PM Oct 05 2009 |




Telling the truth, I've never dreamt in english, but hope will…

Also I didn't understand the question?! Does this question belong to the lesson? 


05:46 PM Oct 05 2009 |




i havent heard her , but i think she sings nice ,,, talking abt "The birds and the bees" with teenegers  , come on , they know a tom than us , in this time that we are living , with the enhance of the tecnology , internet , tv , so on ,  they would be more informed. but in the other hand there are a bunch of them that are doing stupid things.


01:39 PM Oct 05 2009 |




her voice is so cute!!

11:02 AM Oct 05 2009 |




03:57 AM Oct 05 2009 |

glassy heart

Saudi Arabia

its not cool song for me after knowing its meaning, i like english bc its the lag of the world

03:13 AM Oct 05 2009 |

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