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Can’t

Song by The Caulden Road

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“Can’t” was written in high school. I recorded an early demo version of the song with my teenage band AfterTaste around 1999. The song was released commercially for the first time on my out of print 2009 solo EP Taking Leave, and re-written and recorded again for my band’s 2015 EP Reflexion. The 2015 Reflexion version received a music video.

Lyrics

he can’t see clearly now…
through love-tinted eyes…
she gets him every time…

he can’t articulate and put into words
just how she always made him melt
or how each time she found it easy to hurt
and somehow she knew that he wouldn’t tell

left him molded and folded, pasted and cut
left him blinded by everything she said was love
her favorite game became arranging his edited heart
she knew he’d take it, she’d fake it, he’d fall apart

he can’t see clearly now, clearly now
through love-tinted eyes, tinted eyes
she gets him every time, every time
with her erotic, robotic, hypnotic, bedroom lies

he can’t see clearly now…
through love-tinted eyes…

he can’t depressurize or vividly dream
with these nightmares always running wild
in a wash of hopeful past coulda beens
he’s tuned out, withholding all of his smiles

he’s destroyed, bruised and broken, tattered and torn
she sits alone, breaking hearts in the eye of the storm
tears falling down became the sign of a change in his eyes
her love is trouble, he struggles to say goodbye

he can’t see clearly now, clearly now
through love-tinted eyes, tinted eyes
she gets him every time, every time
with her erotic, robotic, hypnotic, bedroom lies

you gotta wake up, wake up
we gotta wake up, wake up

you wanna feel that fire burn (fire burn)
when the lights go down (when the lights go down)
without some oil for the flame (for this flame)
it’s been drying out (and we’re dying now)

he can see clearly now, clearly now
through love-tinted eyes, tinted eyes
she gets him every time, every time
with her erotic, robotic, hypnotic, bedroom lies

erotic bedroom lies
robotic bedroom lies
hypnotic bedroom lies

Versions

  • Can’t (Taking Leave Version) (2009) [out of print]
  • Can’t (MC Lars’ Running Game Remix) (2010) [out of print]
  • Can’t (Hank Green’s Labyrinth Remix) (2010) [out of print]
  • Can’t (Eddplant’s Not a Boy Remix) (2010) [out of print]
  • Can’t (Dr. Noise’s Group Therapy Remix) (2010) [out of print]
  • Can’t (ALL CAPS’ Attachment Remix) (2010) [out of print]
  • Can’t (Alan and Paige’s String Theory Remix) (2010) [out of print]
  • Can’t (Reflexion Version) (2015)

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