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Radio XIV, side A, track 4: “Handle With Care” by The Traveling Wilburys

Traveling Wilburys Handle With CareOh, The Traveling Wilburys, I had no idea of the magic that was happening when you guys released your albums.  Bob Dylan?  George Harrison?  Tom Petty?  And my absolute favorite, Roy Orbison?!!?  All together, singing songs, making music, having fun.  To this day, I’m ashamed of myself that it didn’t dawn on me just how big of a musical moment this was to have so many amazing musicians in one place making some great music.  To be fair, The Traveling Wilburys, my knowledge of music was based on what I knew from the radio and from my parents’ record collection, and unfortunately, none of you had shown up on my radar yet.  In fact, this was the first time I probably actually heard any of you sing, except for maybe Roy.  But still.  I should have just sensed something great was happening, you know?  Well, now I know, and every time I hear this song I’m in so much awe that it even happened in the first place.  Good times, The Traveling Wilburys.

“Handle With Care”

Been beat up and battered around

Been sent up and I’ve been shot down

You’re the best thing that I’ve ever found

Handle me with care

Reputation’s changeable

Situation’s tolerable

But, baby, you’re adorable

Handle me with caaare

I’m so tired of being lonely
I still have some love to give
Won’t you show me that you really care

Everybody’s

Got somebody

Ta leeeean on

Put your body

Next ta mine

And dreeeeeeam on

I’ve been fobbed off and I’ve been fooled

I’ve been robbed and ridiculed

In day care centers and night schools

Handle me with care

<awesome The Traveling Wilburys jam>

Been stuck in airports, terrorized

Sent to meetings, hypnotized

Overexposed, commercialized

Handle me with caaaare

I’m so tired of being lonely
I still have some love to give
Won’t you show me that you really care

Everybody

Got somebody

Ta leeeean on

Put your body

Next ta mine

And dreeeeeeam on

I’ve been uptight and made a mess

But I’ll clean it up myself, I guess

Oh, the sweet smell of success

Handle me with care

<awesome The Traveling Wilburys jam>

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