The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait

I posted Skyway  a couple of weeks ago and  I had a request to post more by The Replacements which suits me fine.

This song was first recorded for the 1985 album Tim, but didn’t make the cut. It appeared on the 1987 album Pleased to Meet Me.  It was also featured in the movie Can’t Hardly Wait and on the soundtrack in 1998.

The original, found on the Tim demo sessions is about committing suicide. The record company felt that Pleased To Meet Me, with suicide song “The Ledge,” didn’t need any controversy over having two songs about suicide, so the lyrics to this song were altered.

This new video was released this year for the new Pleased to Meet Me (2020 Remaster) version. It was originally shot in 1987 for “The Ledge;” however, that video was pulled from MTV for “objectionable song content,” so the band re-used it for the follow-up, “Alex Chilton.” This version comes with an HD resolution upgrade and remastered audio.

Can’t Hardly Wait

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
I can’t wait
Hardly wait
I can’t wait
Hardly wait
I can’t wait
Hardly wait
I can’t wait
Hardly wait


Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

18 thoughts on “The Replacements – Can’t Hardly Wait”

      1. Like Big Star they just never broke through to a mass audience…some of their music is radio accessible…I don’t know much about the history of them….but I loved what I heard.


    1. Please to Meet Me is probably their most accessible album that came out in 87… they have some good songs both hard and rough and like this… they are worth checking out I believe.

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  1. There’s a great live version of this from SNL(93 or 94) during his first solo tour. His band included guitarist David Minehan from the legendary Boston pop-punk band, the Neighborhoods, who would replace Slim Dunlap in all the Mats reunions since then. But the really great thing about this SNL performance was the horn section from the SNL band played that classic horn chart with the band. Great!

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    1. What a band. I listened to them in the eighties and then stopped for some dumb reason… then a blogger brought them up and I feel in love again.

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