"Be Careful" as written by and Patricia J. Griffin....
All the girls in the Paris night
All the girls in the pale moonlight
All the girls with a shoppin' bags
All the girls with the washin' rags
All the girls on the telephone
All the girls standin' all alone
All the girls sittin' on the wire
Who one by one fly into the fire

Be careful how you bend me
Be careful where you send me
Careful how you end me
Be careful with me

All the girls standin' by your beds
All the girls standin' on their heads
All the girls with the broken arms
All the girls with the deadly charms
All the girls in the restaurants
Pretending to be nonchalant
Funny girls on the T.V. shows
Close your eyes and they've turned to snow

Be careful how you bend me
Be careful where you send me
Careful how you end me
Be careful with me

All the girls workin' overtime
Tellin' you everything is fine
All the girls in the beauty shops
Girls tongues catchin' the raindrops
All the girls that you'll never see
Forever a mystery
All the girls with their secret ways
All the girls who have gone astray

Be careful how you bend me
Be careful where you send me
Careful how you end me
Be careful with me

Be careful how you end me
Be careful with me


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"Be Careful" as written by Patricia J. Griffin

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    General CommentHmmm I think what Patty might be trying to get at is that everyone is more vulnerable and fragile than they would like you to believe. And knowing how vulnerable/fragile everyone is we should all be nice to each other.

    Whatever the meaning is its a lovely song!
    songbird97on June 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this is from the point of view of an older man, one who's seen and done a lot in his life. He is definitely a lover of women, not just in the sexual sense, but in the sense that he revels in all the womanly things we do, from the kind to silly to absurdly cruel. Because he has seen so much and has loved so much, he is just stating his continued love affair with women, but with a caveat and reminder that men are sensitive too, and that we, as women, must take that into consideration. I love Patty Griffin, and I love her songs so much. This whole album was fantastic
    SporkMasteron March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's hard to know what's in an artists mind. Patty does write songs from a male perspective sometimes, On Top of The World is one. Something about this feels like a woman identifying with women or womanhood. I'm not sure. How about she's writing it from the viewpoint of a female songwriter being inspired by women and womanhood? She does this in Mary. It's possible she's doing it here too: "This what I write, this is our condition and I feel for you all, the ones in restaurant (she was a waitress), ones working overtime, the ones on the telephone (only a woman knows what a woman does on the phone for so long) the ones all alone." I just think the song is taking in too much breadth to be from a male view. I don't think even the finest tuned ladies man considers the girls with their washing rags. In saying careful how you bend me she's saying be careful how you move me in my writing, the way I empathise with you, because if anyone ever felt the human experience in her songs it's Patty G. I agree to hear and see Patty is to be in love: though we "don't even no why and nobody's crying"

    NWNmoonon February 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJust read it again from that perspective, it works for me that way, this is a woman identifying with other women. All the ones that aren't so lucky to have escaped the drudgery of the every day. They all have all their dreams, desires and secrets. She knows she's lucky to have escaped the waitress but feels for all the women who haven't. It's a love song to her kind.
    NWNmoonon February 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationYou see, and all along I just always thought Patty Griffin was singing on behalf of all women, indicated by the various aspects, making a gentle appeal to those who may involve her (women) in their lives, essentially saying, "Treat me properly." Stations and circumstances play no part in how women should be treated. Don't use me, don't abuse me, and if you must leave me, do so honestly and respectfully.
    JSidon March 17, 2015   Link

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