"Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys cover)" as written by and George Harrison Bob Dylan....
Been beat up and battered 'round.
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.
Baby you're adorable.
Handle me with care.

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 to lean on.
Put your body next to mine and dream on.

I've been fucked off and I've been fooled.
I've been robbed and ridiculed.
In day care centers and night schools.
Handle me with care.

Been stuck in airports, terrorized.
Sent to meetings hypnotized.
Overexposed, commercialized.
Handle me with care.

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 to lean on.
Put your body next to mine and dream on.

I've been uptight and made a mess.
I'd clean it up myself I guess.
Oh the sweet smell of success.
Handle me with care.


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"Handle with Care" as written by George Harrison Bob Dylan

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    General CommentAs best I can guess (for each paragraph):

    Lewis
    Lewis/Gibbard
    Gibbard
    Ward
    Lewis
    Lewis/Gibbard
    Gibbard
    Oberst/Gibbard
    Oberst

    Obviously, a lot of them are in the background, so I'm only really counting the main singers in each verse unless they're sharing the majority of it.

    Ben Gibbard just steals all of it! His voice is so distinctive and Matt Ward couldn't go as high as he does in the background behind the other people.
    thecomaboyon October 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbadasssssss cover of song from the traveling wilburys with collabs from ben gibbard, conor obesrt (!!) and m.ward.
    missteenwordpoweron December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGosh, methinks Mr. Gibbard needs another verse!
    musicforlife!on December 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentO.M.G. this song= love. jenny, ben and conor are probably three of my absolute favorite musicians, and to hear them all on one track is just amazing. this is probably on of my favorites on this record.
    loveANDpretendon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably the only time you'll get a chance to hear Jenny Lewis, Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst, and M.Ward all on a single track together. This once in a lifetime oppotunity is NOT to be missed! It's such a sweet cover!
    mel-con January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously about someone who went through bad relationships and now has a new boyfriend/girlfriend and just wants this to be a succesful relationship.

    And holy crap, Jenny Lewis, Ben Gibbard and Conor Oberst? Heaven.
    just badnewson January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didn't notice conor :(
    tjwellson January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentConor sings the

    "Everybody, needs somebody to lean on,
    Put your body next to mine and dream on."

    part :)
    lemonjellyon January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an absolutely awesome cover! It reminds me of being a kid, riding around in my dad's car listening to the Traveling Wilburys. He played that cassette all the time, what a great album.

    I was trying to explain the Traveling Wilbury's to my boyfriend, who's a few years younger and had never heard of them. Original band members included Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison. Quite the supergroup. My boyfriend then described it as "the Postal Service of your dad's generation." Yeah, kind of. Just as great as Jenny, Conor, Ben and M.Ward teaming up for this cover. The Wilbury's Volume 1, which included Handle with Care is now out of print and hard to come by; bummer. Maybe my dad still has his cassette...

    Anyhow, the lyrics are pretty obvious, I just wanted to comment on how much I love this cover.
    punky81on February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentConor doesn't sing the "Everybody, needs somebody to lean on,
    Put your body next to mine and dream on." part, does he? It doesn't sound like him to me. I thought that was M Ward. The voice is too deep/weird.

    He definitely sings the

    'I've been uptight and made a mess.
    I'd clean it up myself I guess.
    Oh the sweet smell of success.
    Handle me with care.'

    bit. Even then I had to double check that was him. Everyone sounds a lot more country on this record than with their respective bands.
    thecomaboyon February 02, 2006   Link

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