"Can't Stand It" as written by and Jeffrey Scott/bennett Tweedy....
The way things go
You get so low
Struggle to find your skin
Hey ho
Look out below
Your prayers will never be answered again

Phones still ring
And singers sing
Speakers are speaking in code
What now
Well anyhow
Our prayers will never be answered again

You know it's all beginning
(It's all beginning)
To feel like It's ending
(Feels like It's ending)
No loves as random
As God's love
I can't stand it
I can't stand it

The way things get
You get so high
Funny how we make new friends
Oh hey ho
I gotta go
My prayers will never be answered again

You know It's all beginning
(it's all beginning)
To feel like It's ending
(Feels like It's ending)
No loves as random
As God's love
I can't stand it
I can't stand it

Speakers speaking
Speakers speaking
Speaking in code

Speakers speaking
Speakers speaking
Speaking in code

You know It's all beginning
(it's all beginning)
To feel like pretending
(To feel like pretending)
No loves as random
As my love
I can't stand it
I can't stand it

Your prayers will never be answered again [Repeats]


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"Can't Stand It" as written by Jay Bennett Jeff Tweedy

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    General Comment"Speakers are speaking in code" I think is an early reference to spoken coded short-wave messages he heard that would later grace Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Words being spoken clearly, but the words having no meaning themselves. Just stand-ins for a totally different coded message. I think it's his way of expressing the hopelessness of ever figuring out what "really" is going on, no matter how much you "listen".
    shannon_r_whiteon October 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's very anti-religion
    NewLibertineon April 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol at this song.
    wannabeslutson September 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, until reading these lyrics, I thought it went "Y'know loves random, it's God's love," so I thought he was talking about the lack of free will in the world. But now that I read them, it's pretty straight forward. Seems like he's angry at God because someone (maybe him) always prayers and does everything God asks, but something bad has happened to them.
    SamMooCowon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"No loves as random as God's love." is a true statement, through the eyes of the bitter. It could be that he feels like a lot of good things happen for him and God is looking out for him, then he'll fall on hard times and wonder where God is to help him -- feeling like God's love is inconsistent and random. It could also mean that it seems like God blesses certain people endlessly, while leaving others to poverty, starvation, death etc.
    Mansons49thBeardon March 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentactually the song refers to the ridiculousness of the assertion of God (and his loving nature) rockin' cynical awesomeness
    stengalion March 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow. I heard this lyrics all wrong.
    I thought he was saying "It's our beginning" not "It's all beginning" and I didn't even catch the God's love bit.
    I always assumed most of this album referred to relationships and we deal with them as they go on, and with this song, I thought he was talking about how we struggle to find someone who will accept us, but as we find them, grow to love them and eventually grow apart, it feels horrible but with the line "it's funny how we make new friends" made me think of how we move on with new people.

    But it seems I was way off with that. XD

    Still a great song ^_^
    AkariKingon July 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song (to me) has a lot of references that could refer to a post-rapture world.

    The main one of course is "prayers will never be answered again."

    But the whole first verse makes a lot of sense.

    "Phones still ring and singers sing; speakers are speaking in code."

    That to me sounds like it seems as though life is still going on normally, but something is amiss (speaking in code).

    And the chorus sounds exactly like post-rapture.

    I dunno ... just an idea.
    famousbeagleon December 01, 2011   Link

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