Handy dandy, controversy surrounds him
He been around the world and back again
Something in the moonlight still hounds him
Handy dandy, just like sugar and candy

Handy dandy, if every bone in his body was broken he would never admit it
He got an all girl orchestra and when he says
"Strike up the band", they hit it
Handy dandy, handy dandy

You say, "What are ya made of?"
He says, "Can you repeat what you said?"
You'll say, "What are you afraid of?"
He'll say, "Nothin' neither 'live nor dead"

Handy dandy, he got a stick in his hand and a pocket full of money
He says, "Darling, tell me the truth, how much time I got?"
She says, "You got all the time in the world, honey"
Handy dandy, Handy dandy

He's got that clear crystal fountain
He's got that soft silky skin
He's got that fortress on the mountain
With no doors, no windows, no thieves can break in

Handy dandy, sitting with a girl named Nancy in a garden feelin' kind of lazy
He says, "Ya want a gun? I'll give you one." She says, "Boy, you talking crazy"
Handy dandy, just like sugar and candy
Handy dandy, pour him another brandy

Handy dandy, he got a basket of flowers and a bag full or sorrow
He finishes his drink, he gets up from the table he says,
"Okay, boys, I'll see you tomorrow"
Handy dandy, handy dandy, just like sugar and candy
Handy dandy, just like sugar and candy


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Handy Dandy Lyrics as written by Bob Dylan

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    In Dylan: Mixing up the medicine (2023), Larry Sloman convincingly argues the song is a cinematic autobiographical view of Dylan’s life (p. 451-455). Handy is a guy who has travelled around the world, had all of the trappings of success but is still searching for something, not sure what. Sloman reviews 8 pages of lyric drafts.

    jaffem76on December 14, 2023   Link

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