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Artist: The Replacements
Album: Tim

Well a person can work up a mean mean thirst
after a hard day of nothin' much at all
Summer's passed, it's too late to cut the grass
There ain't much to rake anyway in the fall

And sometimes I just ain't in the mood
to take my place in back with the loudmouths
You're like a picture on the fridge that's never stocked with food
I used to live at home, now I stay at the house

And everybody wants to be special here
They call your name out loud and clear
Here comes a regular
Call out your name
Here comes a regular
Am I the only one here today?

Well a drinkin' buddy that's bound to another town
Once the police made you go away
And even if you're in the arms of someone's baby now
I'll take a great big whiskey to ya anyway

Everybody wants to be someone's here
Someone's gonna show up, never fear
'cause here comes a regular
Call out your name
Here comes a regular
Am I the only one who feels ashamed?

Kneeling alongside old Sad Eyes
He says opportunity knocks once then the door slams shut
All I know is I'm sick of everything that my money can buy
The fool who wastes his life, God rest his guts

First the lights, then the collar goes up, and the wind begins to blow
Turn your back on a pay-you-back, last call
First the glass, then the leaves that pass, then comes the snow
Ain't much to rake anyway in the fall


by cucumber on 5/14/2008 1:49pm
lovin' this song
by Psycho on 6/10/2008 5:09pm

Ellie's death T__T
by Vampirella on 6/25/2008 9:24am
ooh so beautiful song.
kinda reminding on knockin on heaven's door.
by rhea on 7/1/2008 10:50am
nice to know where all one tree hill fans :)
by Oth <3 on 7/4/2008 11:52am
Rest in peace Ellie Harp
by Huh? on 7/7/2008 11:15am
What's One Tree Hill? Some TV show?

You kids... get off my lawn! :)

Seriously though, this is a great band. I recommend their greatest hits album "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was?" if you're interested in hearing more from them.
by Dalma on 7/7/2008 12:57pm
another OTH fan, i just love the song, ellie rip!, and vampirella you're right remind knocking on heaven doors
by Emz on 7/8/2008 1:45pm
Rhea - i agree; one tree hill fans all the way lol.
This is my favorite song, i love it.
by ellielove on 7/10/2008 2:17pm
this song kinda reminds me of an alcoholic.
by Masochist on 7/16/2008 5:19pm
this song was great long before OTH, but i must admit that it fit perfectly with that episode. favorite song of all time!
by navi on 7/30/2008 6:37pm
R.I.P Ellie :(
by DELIAH on 7/31/2008 9:10pm
by ALSOTHFAN on 8/1/2008 12:38pm
Love the song, love OTH!!!! Love the way the always seem to fing the PERFECT song to go along with the episodes. Can't wait till the new season
by kamilla-OTH-fan on 8/6/2008 7:14am
love this song, my favorit.
-one tree hill has opend med eyes to a hole new world of music. love the show
by mary on 8/24/2008 9:47am
this is kind of supposed to be apart of the site meant for The Replacements, not for OTH. And ELLIE IS A CHARACTER! SHES NOT REAL!
by Joe on 8/28/2008 6:14pm
I agree with Mary.. RIP Mats.
by Jonathon on 8/29/2008 4:15pm
At least Paul isn't dead. Still banging away in the basement where he belongs.
by vasundhara on 9/6/2008 10:05am
i felt so bad when ellie died. may her character rest in peace !
by sotasaurus on 9/6/2008 5:30pm
" OTH?"
seriously, folks. the album from whence this song came is like a long minnesota winter and should be listened to in that context. brutal and blinding but cozy and fake wood paneling!
by Jason on 9/19/2008 2:47pm
I'm guessing anyone who mentions OTH is 15 years old. Seriously....check out the Replacements not because of a TV show. At least it did introduce you to a great band.
by Nickey on 9/27/2008 4:10am
This song I think is so sad...My sister watches that "One Tree Hill" and when she heard me listening to this song she started crying ! at least that show has good music!
by Your dad on 10/4/2008 11:40am
I love one tree hill man, you guys are just haters.and for the rest you guys are PIMPS for watching OTH. lmao
by nick on 10/12/2008 11:56pm
great song with multiple means!
by Laura :) on 10/13/2008 3:01pm
I do love OTH, but I had been listening to the replacements long before :)
Brilliant song by an even better band :D
by Anna on 10/17/2008 6:15am
I didn't really know the replacements before I heard here comes a regular on that show, one tree hill. It is just as silly tv-show, but they do have some good music on it. the character peyton has a good taste of music, and maybe one tree hill sucks and so on, but don't ya think it's good that it spreads out the music? it keeps it alive, and gives the people who didn't know it, the opportunity to get to know it.
by Sadie on 10/17/2008 2:00pm
yeah seriously, don't you know who i think i was and tim are awesome albums by the replacements are great albums, and sure, one tree hill is the shit but really RIP Ellie? That's not how this somng should be remembered because Ellie is a fictional character, hello!
by hbuhb on 10/19/2008 1:18pm
by gillian on 11/2/2008 12:19am
dude. this song sounds like it's about an alcoholic BECAUSE it's about an alcoholic.

fuck one tree hill.
RIP bob stinson
by anonymous on 11/28/2008 10:31am
try to be nice to each other.
by Lynda Whitaker Land on 11/28/2008 9:03pm
This is/was about me and a time in my past-It's about a lot of "Regulars."
by razieel on 12/4/2008 6:20pm
lol... fellow oth fans. But no seriously this song is awesome. I just found it hillarious that just about every comment was posted by an OTH fan.
by whoknows on 12/6/2008 3:56am
it's just like people being introduced to damien rice because of Lost
by 1reg2another on 12/11/2008 9:19pm
who cares if they heard if from some TV's a great song that has made it's way to the minds of a new generation. That's the true test of great music and for that reason they will live on long after we are gone just like Bob Dylan.
by Evan on 12/15/2008 5:47pm
This is one of the most gorgeous, heartfelt recordings I've ever heard. I hate One Tree Hill with a fiery passion, but the Replacements are one of the greatest bands of all time. Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson and Slim Dunlap all have some pretty killer solo stuff too.
by catiee. on 12/20/2008 11:03am
it's a good song and it was perfectly placed in the show that will give it justice of what a good song it is.
by MacMurtray on 12/23/2008 1:51pm
mats rule, one tree hill is for figure skaters and people who do like, balloon animals just for fun
by elliee on 12/27/2008 2:04pm
Get a life honestly! Its a great song & a great show but seriously, its not worth endlessly commenting this site because of it. Grow up people, everyone has opinions you can't change.
by Serena on 1/3/2009 8:12pm
oh, well. would anyone admit that OTH is awesome? and not for the funny parts nor the sad ones. it learns every kid (even if it's actually a grown up) what we must value in this life and how to live it... just how it is. without regrets and without ... i don't know. to live it our way. even after u've been through alot, u still can find awesome things in this tv-show. it's realistic and educational. even if u think u achieved one age and adolescent shows are... shitty(?), at least give it a try. if this were a crap of a show, where from all that good music? come on, people! :) and yes. this song is awesome!
by <3missing youmt on 1/4/2009 4:53pm
great song. reminds me of someone a lot. Laid back music is just what someone needs sometimes.. and that someone is me. love it.
by rockforever on 1/12/2009 8:31pm
It is what it is. Awesome song.
And admittedly, I too heard it on OTH first. I like the show partly because of all the music it has introduced me too!
I knew the band before but started digging up songs after I'd been reintroduced. Also: it doesn't really matter how you hear about it, a great song is a great song. :)
by rEvI : IN LOVE WITH MUSIC!!! on 1/20/2009 12:33pm
well,i'm a song lover ... it is just a great feeling, falling in love with a new this moment i am actually listening to the song and i just leave myself enjoy the music and the lyrics, leaving my heart feel whatever it,pain,whatever.. do the not not be bothered by the people who disagree with u on a site like this one..enjoy the song befor it ends..
by alyssa on 2/3/2009 6:04pm
i love the replacements. this song is amazing. all of their songs are good, but my other favorites are "alex chilton" and "bastards of young."
by JAD on 2/7/2009 9:23am
I love OTH...because of elli i now know this gr8 song...the mood from the episode is so depressed...everytime i listen to this song...i get this weird/bad feeling! D=
by daniela on 2/7/2009 5:25pm
i love this song so much
by twtrwrhgw on 2/9/2009 8:56pm
i also love one tree hill. and i am thoroughly obsessed with it.. and it makes me look at music in a whole new way.. my itunes library has certainly expanded thanks to one tree.
by ??? on 2/15/2009 7:26am
i didnt know that all of u saw OTH and heard this song
by Answer on 2/18/2009 6:07am
Wow!! this song is awesome i really like it, it makes my tears come out
by eli on 2/22/2009 9:00pm
really a very good song!
by Danny on 2/23/2009 11:53am
Yea, I saw the one tree hill episode too when ellie died. Peyton's emotion when she found her dead wasn't all that good though, it was more psychopathic then sad...

But o well, enough about OTH but more about the song. I love the song a lot and I listen to it all of the time. But the ritm isn't so good I think. It has to be a little bit more variated...

But o well, the song is great anyways.
by Emily... on 2/26/2009 11:47am
Heard of the Replacements before OTH, like OTH and the Replacements. I'm not 15 years old and know good music when I hear it.

The lyrics of this song and pauls voice send a shiver down my spine.
by on 3/3/2009 12:02am
this song is so strong without having to shout out the lyrics and it's it my favorite sing.
I liked the replacments before oth but I still love oth! Yipppeeee
by Jerry Conrad on 3/4/2009 1:12pm
Awesome song, and for those of you who do not like one tree hill, just think of it this way, we probably dont like that shit you watch either but does those shows spread the great music of past and present around like the CWs One Tree Hill? NO. so go back to your trailor park and shut the hell up.
by AmyC on 3/5/2009 10:45am
Gorgeous. Makes me miss my friend Keith @ JR Mac's in St. P, who died last week.
by Ben on 3/23/2009 8:50am
been listening to this song for 20 years now and each time it take me in a little deeper, much like the subject in the song. the imagery becomes more and more vivid. pretty amazing observation given that westerberg was only 25 when he wrote it. there's a lifetime of observations in there. don;t need a tv show to tell you that.

but, hey, however you get there...
by Richie Isaacs on 4/1/2009 10:56pm
Wonderful song, helped me learn a lot about someone special...
by KMH on 4/18/2009 9:43pm
Every time I walk out of a bar at last call and the bite of a fall, or winter wind hits me, I think of this song. Thank you Paul, Bob, Tommy and Chris. I, too, have been listening to this classic for 24 years.
by Hannah on 6/12/2009 6:24pm
amazing song, im another oth fan! :)
by DTG on 8/1/2009 12:47pm
Loved this song in my high school/college years, y'know, when it was new. Now as a middle age guy who is a regular (albeit only twice a week), I've met my fair share of "Sad Eyes", and it seems a much sadder song.
by Robert on 8/14/2009 10:17pm
What the hell is One Tree Hill?

Man, the 'Mats "Let it Be" album pretty much caused me to drop out of college and start a band all those years ago (gee thanks, guys ; ) ). Use to do this one in yet another band years ago. Looked it up to get all the lyrics again to include it in an acoustic set. Paul Westerberg may be the most underrated songwriter of his era.
by povertyrich on 9/28/2009 10:16pm
About the C.C., maybe?
by Mark on 10/27/2009 4:51pm
What the hell? This was on a TV show?

Anyway, Amazing song. Westerberg is a genius.
by truman on 11/9/2009 12:11am
JESUS CHRIST YOU GUYS, love this song cause of the band not some tv show...(westerberg IS a fucking genius)
by jason on 11/16/2009 11:33pm
Westerburg and the Replacements had such a huge influence on so many bands. Sad, they were in their prime when you could only hear them on college radio. There WAS no alternative radio. Never saw OTH, but if it gave the Mats SOME of their due, I can't complain.
by jake on 11/22/2009 8:10am
great a beautiful song about an alcoholic by one of the greatest songwriters ever is now forever going to be associated with a tv show
by Pinky on 11/28/2009 4:27pm
Okay, feel like abit of a goon commenting (was just browsing the lyrics and got sucked into the feud!) but all in the defense of a good show that's helped me through a fair bit! And improved my apreciation of music - (made me give Led Zepplin and The Cure another chance). The song wont be associated with a television show, it'll be associated with a character that lived her life loving music, and taught her daughter that just because a song ends is no reason not to enjoy the music. Pretty Poetic. Not only will a perfect song be remembered, but also a story line that truely captures the esscense of good music, and a quote that if understood can help you threw the hardest of times. And I'm not ashamed of just quoted OTH either!! Amazing episode that supports people with cancer. Hats off to two pieces of quality poetry.
by Shallow Water on 3/14/2010 4:30pm
Not to be a total prizz, but I first heard this song on OTH years ago, after that, I started listening to the band's songs, and actually gave the show as much attention as my butt. Because everything in the series follows the same pattern: "Yay, we're all so happy-go-lucky and everything's goin' our way! :D" Then the next thing you know: "Boo, something really bad happened, and now I'm gonna be sulking until something good happens :("
The Replacements, however, are awesome. Not ever, in a million years, will I remeber this song as a dedication of Ellie Harp's, a FICTIONAL CHARACTERs death -.- If that's all people think of when hearing this song, then they really don't know how to fully enjoy music. However, I agree with what Pinky said. That one episode is very poetical, and also shows how people with cancer should be supported.
by Xaquri on 3/26/2010 8:21am
There's a reason this great song reminds so many people of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". It follows the same 1-5-4 chord structure. Many years ago, a band I played in did a medley of the two songs, putting a few verses of "Regular" in between verses of "Knockin" and ending with the lyrics of both choruses layered by two singers. Two beautiful songs that work wonderfully together.
The Replacements were my absolute favorite band back in high school, and I can honestly say that I enjoy every song they ever recorded. Not only that, but the individual members recorded some damn fine material on their own after the demise of the band. Check out the work of Chris Mars, Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson (with the band Bash 'n' Pop), and Slim Dunlap.
I could be wrong, but I don't think their original guitarist Bob Stinson recorded anything solo before he died.
by Yu Terrell on 6/5/2010 10:06pm
hey everyone I'm a chinese OTH fans from it I found this great song
by derelict_joe on 6/17/2010 8:51pm
Been a long time fan. Kept me sane in Iraq, and keeps me drinking now that I'm home. From Punk to War. From Kid to Dad. The Replacements have been wit me all the way. God Bless.
by jack10023 on 7/20/2010 11:04pm
I still go to a local dive in NYC that has regulars and all you need-- good beer on tap, more varieties of whiskey than vodka, a bartender that buys back (getting rare around here), a pool table, the character that comes fromm years of benign neglect, and a good old-school jukebox. Every time I put Here Comes A Regular on (generally only the end of the night for obvious reasons), almost everyone gets that look of recognition and a half-smile / half-sigh, and though no one sings along unless three sheets to the wind, you can feel the resonance. It's the anthem for drinkers, drunks and occasional drunks alike.
by Malick_1998 on 8/18/2010 8:21am
the only thing more pefect than this song is if GBV covered it!
by Eric on 9/27/2010 8:16am
This song is inspired by the C.C. Club so whoever mentioned that earlier is right on. The Replacements were very influential on so many levels. They pretty much started Alt Country. I'd have to say they are IMHO the best american rock group of all time.
by mojo_mama on 10/18/2010 3:59pm
this song is awesome. Mainly because, I mean, who can't relate to being a regular at his/her favorite bar, having a life that means something, wanting to be remembered? Yes I did first hear this song on OTH, which in my opinion is for the most part very intelligently written. But for anyone who just can't stomach that, the song is also featured on How I Met Your Mother, which-mark my words-will go down as one of the greatest shows in history.
Although...this kind of opens a larger debate as to whether spots on tv shows or ads are a good thing for bands. Sure nothing beats exposure but what about the sometimes negative associations that come with it? IMO any exposure is good for any band. I'd like to think I have a little street cred in this area,being a non-teenaged professional singer/writer/musician. Perhaps a musician who watches too much tv. :)
by emelie on 11/20/2010 8:33am
never heard this song before.
just listened to it because of one tree hill.
i'm glad about this & and i really like it.
by Guh3 on 12/16/2010 11:51pm
I don't know or care where this song was recently featured. It's been one of my favorite songs for over 20 years. No other song has ever spoken so perfectly for the alcoholic realizing the comradery of a bar is merely an excuse to get drunk, and they're all in the same boat.
They've been there. I've been there. I'm glad I've realized it. Hits it better than any song The Pogues wrote & that's about all they wrote about.
by jaja on 1/10/2011 7:19am
i saw them in palm springs in 1984 and have loved "the mats" ever since
by idk on 1/14/2011 4:22pm
elli died!!
by Ramesh on 3/5/2011 8:21am
I love this one...great..
by pinkfloyd on 4/16/2011 3:28am
Ohhhhh the Mats.....
by Skratz on 5/1/2011 8:23am
The mats will go down in history as one of the most influential bands of all time...just listen to Nirvana, Foo Fighters etc and all the bands THEY influenced. I saw the mats in NYC in the early 80's. They were drunk as shit and played sloppy cover songs all night. Westerberg knew of what he wrote.
by eric on 5/4/2011 10:25pm
one tree hill? sorry kids, but that show is rot. i believe bob stinson left the band just prior to "tim", but have no doubt that he would roll over in his grave if he knew that a mats song was played on one tree hill.
by M on 7/19/2011 8:34pm
i love this song! and you people need to stop fighting and just enjoy it! who cares where you heard it!
by Old sad eyes on 9/17/2011 9:32pm
To OTH fans who are new to this song, welcome to The Replacements and the brilliance of Paul Westerberg. He turned his soul inside out on tnis one and I am sure a producer at OTH felt the vibe, and made a fine match to the story of Ellie.
20 years ago this song brought a drunken tear to my eye as I used to sing it with my drinking buddies (especially when one of us was going to go away for awhile). Now I just thought it would be nice to know what the actual lyrics were! And of course I find some new gems all these years later when I see what the actual lyrics are.
But.. I always understood this lyric:
Kneeling alongside old Sad Eyes
He says opportunity knocks once then the door slams shut
All I know is I'm sick of everything that my money can buy
The fool who wastes his life, God rest his guts
by KingPT on 10/19/2011 5:02pm
Big fan of ONE TREE HILL, I love this song. R.I.P Ellie... :-D
by Skindog on 2/21/2012 5:36pm
The Mats are undeniably the best band most people have never heard of. "Regular" is the most sadly beautiful song ever recorded.
by Mandy OTH fan on 5/2/2012 11:17pm
Loved it the first time i heard it.RIP ellie harp.
by Vani on 9/4/2012 8:21am
This Song is sooooo wonderfull *___*
by MadalynGH on 2/23/2013 7:43am
i love this song so much, i got it from one tree hill and no words can explain how thrilled i am just to know this song. it never gets old and it's always there to help me through everything
by abhi on 2/28/2013 11:42am
song is awsome
by Darnell on 5/22/2013 1:37pm
I've been to several Replacement concerts in the day, and NEVER saw a single person who resembled anyone in the cast of One Tree Hill. Those folks were too busy listening to Mike and the Mechanics or Bon Jovi for chrissakes!
by old timer on 10/7/2013 4:55pm
Song is about a "regular" at a bar where the group played.
by Andrew on 10/25/2013 4:17am
It's generally understood to be about the CC Club, a bar where members of the band were at one time regulars. It's a neighborhood bar, not a live music venue.

Obviously, the lyrics are more broadly applicable, however.
by Fish on 1/5/2014 7:44pm
Love this song. Discovered it on One Tree Hill.
by uptown ace on 2/22/2014 8:47pm
The Replacements were regulars at the C.C. club. The bar still stands today and this song was removed from the jukebox to keep it from being played. The Stinsons lived nearby and usually bar close just led to a parade back to their home so the drinking could continue. I once watched another regular, Tom Arnold, yeah that Tom Arnold, do coke in the bathroom with the band.

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