LYRIC OF THE WEEK: The Traveling Wilburys, “Not Alone Anymore”

The effortless camaraderie amongst titans of the music world might be the thing that distinguishes the Traveling Wilburys from other supergroups. Yet for all of the vocal-trading on hits like “Handle With Care” and “End Of The Line”, they also took excellent advantage of the individual strengths of the band members on their 1988 smash album Traveling Wilburys Vol.1: The wry storytelling of Tom Petty (“Last Night”), the cosmic yearning of George Harrison (“Heading For The Light”), the rockabilly ease of Jeff Lynne (“Rattled”), and the brilliant inscrutability of Bob Dylan (“Tweeter And The Monkey Man.”) Yet perhaps the ultimate secret weapon the Wilburys possessed was the voice of Roy Orbison. Had they not utilized this weapon properly, it’s doubtful that this collaboration could ever have reached its vast potential. Luckily, Jeff Lynne rose to the occasion and penned “Not Alone Anymore,” a stratospheric weeper on the level of Orbison classics like “Crying” and “It’s Over.” Lynne jumped at the chance to write for one of his idols. “It was just a thrill really to write a song for Roy Orbison,” he recalled in the documentary The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys. “It was an ambition that I always…

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