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Can't Stand Me Now

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Can't Stand Me Now is a Libertines track, recorded for their self-titled album, and also released as a single in August 2004. The song is credited to Doherty, Barat and Hammerton (also known as Mark Keds or Mark Myers) and was The Libertines' biggest hit, peaking at #2 on the UK singles chart. In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Can't Stand Me Now" at number 13 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.

The Band had all but fallen apart when The Libertines had released this, their second-to-last single. Pete and Carl's Love/Hate relationship was layed bare on the record, in the powerful lyrics of the song.

Can't Stand Me Now also received some exposure in the US; WFNX in Boston debuted the song by playing it twice back-to-back even before its official radio airplay release.

The promotional video for the song was filmed at one of the band's gigs at the Kentish Town Forum, at the end of 2003, and was directed by ex-The Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart.

Barat has said in an interview that he used to buy his bandmates harmonicas for Christmas, and towards the end of the song, Doherty is heard playing a harmonica. This could be coincidental, but it could be a reminder of their broken friendship.

In November 2009 it was named the #11 Track of the Decade by NME.


Festival SOS 4.8 The LibertinesMurcia2016-05-07
AB brussels 2016 The LibertinesAncienne Belgique, Brussels2016-05-03
Live @ Olympia The LibertinesMusic Hall, Paris2016-03-09
O2 London (1) The Libertines2016-01-30
Reading Festival 2015 The LibertinesReading2015-08-30
Rock en Seine 2015 The Libertines Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud2015-08-29
3Arena Dublin The Libertines3Arena Dublin2015-07-09
Ahmad Tea Music Festival The Libertines2015-06-27
Glastonbury 2015 The LibertinesGlastonbury2015-06-26
Benicàssim Festival The LibertinesBenicàssim, Spain2014-07-19
BST, Hyde Park, London The LibertinesHyde Park, London2014-07-05
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An ending, fitting for the start.
You twisted'n'tore our love apart.
Your life, fingers through the dark.
Shattered the lamp, into darkness it cast us.

You know 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 F**king harder now

If you wanna try
If you wanna try
theres no worse you could do
Uh uh oh
I know you lied (I know you lied)
I'm still in love with you
Uh oh

You can't take me anywhere
(I can't take you anywhere) x2
I'll take you anywhere you wanna go
You can't stand me
(No, you can't stand me now) x4

Have we enough to keep it together
Or do we just keep on pretending
And hope our luck is never ending

You tried to pull the wool, I wasn't feeling too clever
And you take all that they're lending
Until you need amending

If you wanna try (If you wanna try)
There's no worse you could do
oh oh oh
I know you lied (all you do is make me cry)
All those words they ain't true

oh oh oh

can't take me anywhere
can't take you anywhere
can't take me anywhere
oh I'll take you anywhere you wanna go

You can't stand me now
(No you can't stand me now)...