"Can't Stand Me Now" as written by and Peter/barat Doherty....
"an ending fitting for the start you twist
And tore our love apart your light fingers threw the dark
That shattered the lamp and into darkness cast us"

"No, you've got it the wrong way round
You shut me up, and blamed it on the brown"
Cornered the boy, kicked out at the world
The world kicked back a lot fucking harder now

If you wanna try
If you wanna try
There's no worse you could do
Uh oh oh

I know you lie
I know you lie
I'm still in love with you
Uh oh oh

Can't take me anywhere, I'll take you anywhere
You can't take me anywhere, I can take you anywhere
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go

If you wanna try
If you wanna try
There's no worse you could do
Uh oh oh

I know you lie
All you do is make me cry
All those words that ain't true

Can't take me anywhere, I'll take you anywhere
You can't take me anywhere, I can take you anywhere
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go

No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now
No, you can't stand me now, no you can't stand me now


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"Can't Stand Me Now" as written by Peter Doherty Carl Barat

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  • +3
    General CommentIts about Carl and Petes' friendship. Which has been going through some bad times.

    "You shut me out and try to blame it on the brown".

    Is a reference to Pete already having been kicked out the band once before his current absence due to his drug abuse. Brown is slang for heroin.
    Perfect Wh()reon October 04, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentshadowwiththeeyes:

    You ARE aware that both the Libertines' albums have been produced by Mick Jones, aren't you? If he thinks they're alright, I don't think that gives you much room to complain.
    Specialiston November 16, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMusically, this is no more advanced than anything else the band has produced (although that's not to say that it's not bloody brilliant, and the harmonica at the end is a touch of genius) but the call and response vocal performances from Pete and Carl on this one took the band to a new level. "Have we enough to keep it together, or do we just keep on pretending, and hope our luck is never-ending?" I think we all knew the answer to that one. It was never going to last. Through the vocals you can almost feel the genuine love that existed between these two, but coming through equally clearly is the inevitability that things couldn't continue for much longer. By this point, we had already been on the rollercoaster with the boys for what seemed like a lifetime and we all knew it had to crash and burn. This writer is just thankful that the band produced such unbelievable demonstrations of their collective abilities (which have subsequently been shown to have been much more than the sum of their parts) on brilliant records such as this before it all went down
    Bazalinhioon March 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAn ending fitting for the start
    You twist and tore our love apart
    Your light fingers threw the dark
    That shattered the lamp and into darkness cast us...

    about the time pete broke into carls flat and basically carl saying pete is testing their friendship. the next verse is pete's reply. great song!!!
    libertines_loveron October 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReally? Okay, maybe I was a little harsh then, but I still think they're a bit of a 2nd rate Clash. Better than most stuff you see on MTV anyway. So I apologize for the statement, but I stand by the feelings behind it.
    shadowwiththeeyeson November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is like when my mate was on drugs, and it was so sad, because we tried to help, but the repetitive chorus here makes me realise that no matter what we said to her, she wasnt listening, it was all just "if you were a real mate, u'd let me get on with it".....she thought that by trying to help, we were actually bullying her, being bad people.
    she thought we hated her, when we loved her so much. she died last year, so to hear a british band have such an amzing song out really affected me.
    evenangelsfallon April 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttoo bad libertines disbanded =(
    Morviton April 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song's about Carl being a woman.
    LyraMemeon April 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe 'If you wanna try' verse seems so pleading to me. Who hasn't been addiction's bitch or had a friend in that situation?
    lilybarton October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe that's still a bit too harsh. Basically, you can see their Clash influences, I just don't think they pull off the Clash-inspired stuff especially well.
    shadowwiththeeyeson November 18, 2004   Link

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