Handlebars

Flobots

About Handlebars

"Handlebars" is a song by Flobots. It was released as the first single from their debut album, Fight with Tools, and is the group's largest success, peaking at number three on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.


Year:
2008
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I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars
I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

Look at me, look at me
Hands in the air like it's good to be
Alive!
And I'm a famous rapper
Even when the paths are all crookedy
I can show you how to do-si-do
I can show you how to scratch a record
I can take apart the remote control
And I can almost put it back together
I can tie a knot in a cherry stem
I can tell you about Leif Ericson
I know all the words to "De Colores"
And "I'm proud to be an American"
Me and my friend saw a platypus
Me and my friend made a comic book
And guess how long it took
I can do anything that I want cause, look

I can keep rhythm with no metronome
No metronome
No metronome

And I can see your face on the telephone
On the telephone
On the telephone

Look at me
Look at me
Just called to say that it's good to be
Alive!
In such a small world
I'm all curled up with a book to read
I can make money open up a thrift store
I can make a living off a magazine
I can design an engine sixty four
Miles to a gallon of gasoline
I can make new antibiotics
I can make computers survive aquatic conditions
I know how to run a business
I can make you wanna buy a product
Movers shakers and producers
Me and my friends understand the future
I see the strings that control the systems
I can do anything with no assistance
Cause I can lead a nation with a microphone
With a microphone
With a microphone
And I can split the atoms of a molecule
Of a molecule
Of a molecule

Look at me
Look at me
Driving and I won't stop
And it feels so good to be
Alive and on top
My reach is global
My tower secure
My cause is noble
My power is pure
I can hand out a million vaccinations
Or let 'em all die in exasperation
Have 'em all healed of their lacerations
Have 'em all killed by assassination
I can make anybody go to prison
Just because I don't like 'em and
I can do anything with no permission
I have it all under my command
Because I can guide a missile by satellite
By satellite
By satellite
And I can hit a target through a telescope
Through a telescope
Through a telescope
And I can end the planet in a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars
I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

I can ride my bike without handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

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Flobots

The Flobots are a rock and hip hop musical group from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. Flobots found mainstream success with their major label debut Fight with Tools (2007), featuring the single "Handlebars", which became a popular hit on Modern Rock radio in April 2008. more »

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Written by: Andrew Guerrero, Jamie Laurie, Jesse Walker, Kenneth Ortiz, Mackenzie Roberts, Stephen Brackett

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10 facts about this song

Origin and release
"Handlebars" is a song by American hip-hop group, the Flobots. It was released as the leading single of their debut album 'Fight with Tools' in 2008.
Inspiration and theme
The song was inspired by the idea of the potential of human talent being wasted. The song progressively demonstrates the increasing capacity of human beings from riding a bike with no handlebars to leading a nation into war, pointing out the destructive tendencies of power.
Music and style
The track is unique for its blending of genres. It infuses elements of alternative rock, rap, and hip-hop, while incorporating strong strings instrumentation.
Chart performance
"Handlebars" became Flobots' breakthrough hit, peaking at number 3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States. It also gained international success, landing on top charts in countries like United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.
Music video
The song's music video was directed by Dirty UK and Jamie Laurie. The video, which has a blend of animation and live-action, has a running political theme mirroring the song's lyrics about the misuse of power leading to human-made disasters.
Band's perception
The band has been quite candid about their surprise at the song's success, with Jamie Laurie (who goes by the stage name Jonny 5) once saying in an interview that "Handlebars" was the song they thought was least likely to be a hit.
Social impact
The meaning behind "Handlebars" made it popular among various activist movements. The song's potent social commentary is believed by many to call attention to issues such as corporate and governmental corruption.
Additional uses
It has been used in various TV shows, movies, and video games including 'CSI: NY', 'Weeds', and 'Rock Band'.
Remix version
A remix of "Handlebars" featured on British electronica band Apollo 440's fifth album 'The Future's What It Used to Be'.
Live performances
"Handlebars" has become a staple in the setlist for Flobots' live performances, and is frequently used as their concert closer.

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