I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE

Live 18 Jan 1971 version


[Spoken intro:] I can't take it no more, ???.

Hmm-hmm-hmm

Uh-uh-uh oh-oh-oh-oh
Uh-uh-uh yeah
Uh-uh-uh oh-oh-oh-oh
Uh-uh-uh uh-uh-uh oh yeah yeah

I can't take it
Everything coming down on me
Gotta make a break for it, oh yeah

I can't take it oh no more
[Spoken:] I forgot the words.
You know I need my respect, woman I demand it

Now listen
You got the nerve to say I won't go
I caught you so many times telling that same old lie
I can't take it, no more

I can't take it, oh oh
Everything coming down on me
Gotta make a break for it
Uh, uh, uh-uh, oh

I can't stand it no more
You know I need my respect, woman I demand it

You've got the nerve to say I won't go
Well honey I love you but I, but I told you so
I can't take it no more, no more

[Instrumental break]

You know it's always the same
Pulling tighter on the rein
You always make it very plain
That to count me as a loser
You count me as a loser
You count me as a loser
Before the end of the game
Ain't it a shame
Guess I am the one to blame

Because that sweet talk's mine, not hers, whoa whoa
That sweet talk, baby, oh yeah yeah

[Instrumental break]

You've got the nerve to ask me why
I caught you so many times telling that same old lie

I can't take it, can't take it no more
Guess I'm gonna fake it, no I just can't take it

Lord I can't, Lord I can't, Lord I can't
Oh Lord I can't, Lord I can't

Hmm, I just can't take it no more
I just, I just can't, I just can't stand it
Oh Lord, I just can't, just can't stand it no more


Info

I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE is an unreleased song written by Bruce Springsteen. He performed it live with Steel Mill in 1970 and 1971.

Live 18 Jan 1971 version

The above lyrics are for a live 18 Jan 1971 performance of I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE at D'Scene in South Amboy, NJ, with Steel Mill. Bruce Springsteen and Robbin Thompson shared vocals on the song.

This was a double-bill show with Steel Mill headlining and Godzilla opening. A very good soundboard recording of the show is in circulation among collectors and is believed to be consist of the entire Steel Mill performance.

Promotional poster for the 18 Jan 1971 show at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
Promotional poster for the 18 Jan 1971 show at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ
(Taken from Lelands)

Live History

I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE is known to have been performed at least 4 times in Bruce Springsteen's early years (pre-October 1972), with Steel Mill. Very little is known about shows from this early period, and therefore, the song must have been played on some more dates during the Robbin Thompson era of Steel Mill (September 1970 to January 1971).

  1. 11 Oct 1970 at The Mosque, Richmond, VA (with Steel Mill)
  2. 17 Oct 1970 at Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  3. 27 Nov 1970 (early show) at Sunshine In, Asbury Park, NJ (with Steel Mill)
  4. 18 Jan 1971 at D'Scene, South Amboy, NJ (with Steel Mill)

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE.

References

Much of the above information about the song's live history is taken from Brucebase.

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Available Versions

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I CAN'T TAKE IT NO MORE [Live 18 Jan 1971 version]

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