"Can't Hardly Wait (Tim demo version)" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
I'll write you a letter tomorrow
Tonight I can't hold a pen
Someone's got a stamp that I can borrow
I promise not to blow the address again

Lights that flash in the evening,
Through a crack in the drapes

Jesus rides beside me
He never buys any smokes
Hurry up, hurry up, ain't you had enough of this stuff
Ashtray floors, dirty clothes, and filthy jokes

See you're high and lonesome
Try and try and try

Lights that flash in the evening,
Through a hole in the drapes
I'll be home when I'm sleeping
I can't hardly wait

I can't wait. Hardly wait.


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"Can't Hardly Wait" as written by Paul Westerberg

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    My InterpretationThe first versions of the song are definitely better than the final product, in my opinion. Not only for the great lyrics, but how they performed it.
    There's something raw and desperate in both Paul's voice and Stinson's guitar strumming (both in the electric and the acoustic versions) that make it seem so genuine.

    As a sixteen-year-old I could lie on my bedroom floor listening to this song on repeat for hours. It gave me some sort of comfort. Which is strange, though I've always known it had to be about a suicide.

    Although I believe that the lyrics has some errors, due to the several different versions. This is like a mix from both the alternate version and the outtakes from the expanded Tim album.

    The acoustic outtake version of Can't Hardly Wait goes something like this:

    "I'll be there in an hour
    Take these two weeks there on foot
    Watering hole, scummy* water tower
    I'd climb to the top scream out loud if I could

    I'll be sad in heaven
    You won't visit** me there

    Jesus rides beside me
    He never buys any smokes
    Hurry up, hurry up I've had enough of the stuff
    Ashtray floors, dirty clothes, filthy jokes

    Light flash in the evening
    guess we'll follow him there

    I'll be there in an hour
    If there's a whole in the gate
    Climb to the top of this scummy* water tower screaming
    I can't hardly wait


    I can't wait, I can't wait...."

    *Should be correct if you compare it to the more common version of the song, but in the acoustic outtake it sounds like he's singing "cummy" och maybe "crummy"

    ** In other versions he uses "find" and "follow".


    The electric outtake is a bit different goes something like this, I think:

    "I'll be there in an hour
    Take half a month there on foot
    Watering hole, scummy* water tower
    Find it to the top I'll avoid if I could

    I'll be sad in heaven
    You won't find me there

    Jesus rides beside me
    He never buys any smokes
    Hurry up, hurry up I've had enough of the stuff
    Dirty floors, sleazy clothes, filthy jokes

    I'll be there in the evening
    I guess I'll follow him there


    I'll be there in an hour
    I'll find a whole in the gate
    Climb to the top of this scummy* water tower and
    I can't hardly wait


    I can't wait, I can't wait...."

    The alternate version from Please to meet me, sounds to me like something like this:

    "I can't wait for hours
    Take half a month home on foot
    Watering hole, fucking water tower
    Scream on top I'll avoid if I could

    Lights gonna flash in the evening
    You won't find me there

    Jesus rides beside me
    He never buys any smokes
    Hurry up, hurry up I've had enough of the stuff
    Ashtray floors, dirty clothes, filthy jokes

    We'll get there in the evening
    I can't hardly wait

    Lights gonna flash tomorrow
    There's a whole in the gate
    I'll be riding* on this little tower
    I can't hardly awake**

    I can't wait, I can't wait...."

    *Or "rioting" or something? Hmm... could make sense. In some strange "I protest by taking my own life"-way

    ** Might be "I can't hardly wait", but it sounds a bit like a K!

    metaforon November 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis version is a bit more clear about being the lead-up to a suicide. I can only guess that Paul changed the lyrics for the PTMM version to avoid redundancy with "The Ledge", though the PTMM version is still a suicide song, no doubt about it.

    This version was produced by Alex Chilton and kicks major ass. Love the charging beat and Bob Stinson's great, restrained lead. The other version is nice too, but this one is definitive to me.
    Quonseton March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the line is 'i'll be safe in heaven'.
    raspberryrushon February 15, 2010   Link

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