Can't See Me



Down by the riverside
I waited there for you
Take you back in time
You're in suspension, hey I caught you
You cannot hide, it's all inside, easy
She knows you can't see me

Yes Mr Miser, Mr, Mr Mystery she's saying to me
Saying he can't see ya, he can't free ya
He can't be ya
He just wanna be ya
He needs a dealer
As a healer

I I I've seen that expression on your face
I I I I could have sent you to that place
Expression can't see me

Yes, I'm reminded of those days
Take you back in time, it's all inside
Here comes the reason to my rhyme
The man used to fly, he used to fly easy
But now you can't see me

I know mine, mine know me
I can sail upon your sea
I can sail upon your sea so easy
She knows you can't see me

I I I've seen that expression on your face
I I I I could have sent you to that place
I know you can't see me
I know you can't see me

I I I've seen that expression on your face
I I I I could have sent you to that place
Expression can't see me


Lyrics by:
Brown / Mounfield

Format:
Released 1998:
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Mix) / Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) / Can't See Me (Harvey Mix) (Polydor, Promo cassette)
Can't See Me (Polydor, Promo video)

Released June 1998:
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix) / Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) / Can't See Me (Harvey's Invisible Mix) (Polydor, CAN'T SEE 1, Promo CD)
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix) / Can't See Me (Harvey's Invisible Mix) / Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) / Can't See Me (Album Version) (Polydor, CAN'T SEE 2, Promo 12")
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix) / Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) / Can't See Me (Harvey's Invisible Mix) / Can't See Me (Harvey's Instrumental Mix) / Under The Paving Stones: The Beach (Gabriel's 13th Dream Remix) (Polydor, 567 093-1, 12")

Released 8th June 1998:
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix) / Can't See Me (Harvey's Invisible Mix) / Come Again (Part 2) / My Star (CD-ROM Video) (Polydor, 044 045-2, CD1)
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix) / Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) / Under The Paving Stones: The Beach (Gabriel's 13th Dream Mix) / Corpses (CD-ROM Video) (Polydor, 044 047-2, CD2)
Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Remix) / Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) (Polydor, 567 092-7, 7")

UK chart position:
#21

Also available on:
Unfinished Monkey Business (4.55)
Remixes / B-Side Tracks: 1. Can't See Me (Harvey's Invisible Mix) / 2. Can't See Me (Bacon & Quarmby Vocal Dub) / 3. Lions (With Denise) / 4. Under The Paving Stones: The Beach (Gabriel's 13th Dream Remix) / 5. Jesus On The Move (Polydor, POCP 7357, Japanese CD, released 12th January 1998)

Details:

King Monkey's acclimatisation in the Can't See Me video. "It's down to him (Squire) to phone me, isn't it ? When the Roses split up it was sink or swim. I ended up doing the butterfly backwards." (Ian Brown speaking to the Mail On Sunday, 21st May 2006)

The standout track on Unfinished Monkey Business, on which Ian finally picks up the gauntlet thrown down by the Roses on Fool's Gold. The guitar solo which kicks in after three minutes is played by Brown on the same pink Stratocaster that Squire had used in The Stone Roses. Brown's guitar piece is very creditable, but one can only imagine the heights the song could have reached with some guitar licks from Squire thrown over the top la Fool's Gold. Brown also plays bass guitar, with Mani providing melody lead bass. The bass and drums here have roots in a Breaking Into Heaven demo (sans guitar) from 1993. The bassline is very close to Gang Starr's 'Just To Get A Rep', from their 1991 LP, 'Step In the Arena' (which DJ Premier sampled from E.V.A. by Jean-Jacques Perrey). While Reni is credited as playing drums, it is instead actually a breakbeat sampled by Mani:

A visitor to this site informs me that this track relates to one occasion when Brown saw Squire in a village in Hale, not long after the split of the band. According to this story, Brown motioned towards Squire, but the latter continued to read his newspaper:

Brown also caught a glimpse of Squire on Good Friday, 1997, as he revealed to Uncut magazine in February 1998: "He was in his Range Rover and I saw him. To me, he looked like someone was on the floor with a gun at his head."

The lyric, 'I know mine, mine know me' is formed from (John 10: 14), 'The Good Shepherd and His Sheep':

The intimation here, is that Squire is the 'black sheep' of the (Stone Roses) family.

Can't See Me cover artwork.


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