"Can't Hardly Wait" 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.

Lyrics submitted by krushzed

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

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    General CommentWow, how has no one caught on to this?

    This song is about touring and how much it sucks. It's about sleeping on horrible floors, in terrible motels (when you're lucky) and being DRUNK all the time. "I'll write you a letter tomorrow, tonight I can't hold a pen."

    Have any of you toured? It is exactly this song, especially when someone is waiting.

    "Jesus rides beside me," in the van. Probably a slick reference to a tour manager or just a metaphor for driving straight.
    robwyattfanon November 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always heard "he never buys and he smokes." but that's just me.
    elurkeron May 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the horns. great sound. great song.
    gogojessicaton January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably one of my favorite songs by the Replacements, it has such a mellow mood and leaves you with a good feeling inside. Rock on Replacements!!!
    ChaosFluro24on September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust about anticipation for the better things in life. hes underwent a lot of crap and is now thinking things can only look up
    hpw101on June 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is another version on the 2nd disk oif the All For Nothing compilation. It has Bob Stinson on it and different lyrics. It pretty much blows the original away (Which is saying alot considering how the original was arguebly among the bands best songs)
    Naliamegodon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it's about hoping for the future, and like hpw said, he had a crappy life before but he's left behind his past, and is now going to start afresh. Nice song.
    underlying truthon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like it's about a swingin' party: "ashtray flooers, dirty clothes and filthy jokes"--have you ever, ever been to a party that didn't have at least two of those? I love the line, "I'll be home when I'm sleeping," which I originally took as some inspired nonsense, but now I'm realizing it's more along the lines of "anywhere I hang my head, I will call my home."
    owennnnnnnnnnon January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is listed it the Wikipedia as a song about suidice.

    After that context, you look at it with a different perspective.
    Alienoon January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI originally thought it was about suicide, or the acceptance of death.

    However, it seems like the film named after the song takes a broader interpretation: acceptance of leaving something behind or a readiness to move forward.

    I think I prefer that, because there is a paradoxical sense of optimism shining through.
    deevoon February 04, 2007   Link

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