Can't Stop The Spring

Wayne and Michael's quotes from The Bob:

Wayne: It's got a great story. Okay. Even the other day, I heard this thing on the radio about the people in Nicaragua, political bullshit. This guy gets killed - this guy from America came over to work with the people, trying to get the system done up right or whatever, and he gets killed in this horrible way. A true story. One thing that was written after he died was the whole thing of how you can crush the flower but you can't stop the spring. You can kill the sky, but you can't stop our attitudes, whatever they are.

Michael: That whole Grinch thing. You can take the Christmas story: Christmas is gonna be there, that whole spirit.

Wayne: It was really moving at the time. It's true; you can put someone in jail, but they still think what they're gonna do. You can't take their thoughts away. We just got through seeing Firehose, and you see Mike Watt. We played with the Minutemen a couple of times, they stayed at my house. D. Boone is dead but he carries on in spirit. I thought it was such a massive statement, you know? And not to make it this sad thing, but to make it a real uplifting rock thing, to get you out of some shit, real heavy rocking.


You can walk among us, but you can’t walk on by
You just keep on bleedin’ on your clothes as they dry
All your teflon pancakes always make me too high
You’re thinkin’ that you’re here but you’re really up in the sky

There she was just walkin’ down the street
Smoking with her hands and walking with her feet
Keeping her paint cans underneath the seat
Keepin’ her hair dryer on her favorite piece of meat

You can crush the flowers
But you can’t stop the spring
No matter what you say

You can put the clouds up in your own little way
But the sun is gonna come up the very next day
It’s gonna be so bright it’s gonna blow you away
And once it’s over your head will never be the same

You can crush the flowers
But you can’t stop the spring
No matter what you say

You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring
You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring
You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring
You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring
You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring
You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring
You can't stop the springtime from comin'
You can't stop the spring



Alternate Versions

Can't Stop The Spring (Live)

Appears On: Black Easter

A live version featured on the Black Easter concert film.


Can't Stop The Spring (Live)

A live version from 1988, paired with Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." Wayne's note: "Recorded in Norman (Oklahoma). We did this show as part of a series of "Theme" performances. For this one we dressed up as characters from "The Exorcist"..."


Can't Stop The Spring (Remix)

A Lips remix of the song that is 15 seconds longer, slightly lighter in tone, and has fewer backing vocals than the original.


 

Live Performances

01/03/1988 Cincinnati OH USA
The Brain has documented 4 Performances
The Brain has documented 2 Live Downloads available
03/11/1988 New Brunswick NJ USA Cook Student Center At Rutgers University Download Available
02/27/1988 Bozeman MT USA The Molly Brown  
02/08/1988 Norman OK USA University Of Oklahoma Student Union Download Available
01/03/1988 Cincinnati OH USA  

 


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