Earlier this Summer our 12 year old daughter, Tansy, introduced the family to the song ‘Handlebars’ by Flobots. From her introduction what I knew about this song was limited to the chorus: “I can ride my bike with no handlebars….”
I thot the song was pretty much one of those no-brainer catchy songs which I did not pay much attention to. Although I did find it amusing to watch our 4 year old son sing in his little voice, “I can ride my bike with no handlebars….” as he rode his bike with training wheels on the dead-end street next to our house.
Recently I was re-introduced to Flobots and their music. Because of this I learned that their song ‘Handlebars’ had more to it than a catchy little chorus.
“The song is about the idea that we have so much incredible potential as human beings to be destructive or to be creative. And it’s tragic to me that the appetite for military innovation is endless, but when it comes to taking on a project like ending world hunger, it’s seen as outlandish. It’s not treated with the same seriousness,” Flobots MC Jonny 5 (a.k.a. Jamie Laurie) said.
“The lyrics came to me as I was riding a bike home from work with my hands in the air — I had just learned how to do it — and I felt triumphant, but at the same time, I knew there were people at that moment who were being bombed by our own country. And I thought that was incredibly powerful. We have these little moments of creativity, these bursts of innovation, and every time that happens, that innovation is used to oppress and destroy people. So it struck me as beautiful and tragic at the same time.” source