The Man Who Can't Be Moved

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"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
Single by The Script
from the album The Script
B-side "Anybody There"
Released 25 July 2008 (Ireland)
28 July 2008 (UK)
5 September 2008 (Europe)
2008 (USA)[1]
Format CD, digital download
Genre Pop[2]
Length 4:01
Label RCA Label Group/Phonogenic
Writer(s) Mark Sheehan, Danny O'Donoghue, Steve Kipner
Certification Gold (RIAA)[3]
The Script singles chronology
"We Cry"
"The Man Who Can't Be Moved"
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"The Man Who Can't Be Moved" is a pop ballad, the second single from Irish band The Script from their album The Script. The song was released on 25 July 2008. The song has been used heavily for the CBS show Ghost Whisperer during its fourth season. This song served as their radio promotional single in the United States, gaining airplay on multiple radio stations. On 8 June 2009, the song was released as the second official single in U.S. The song was chosen as one of the soundtracks for the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. This song has been covered by the a cappella group Straight No Chaser.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld. It was released on the band's YouTube channel and other music channels. The video is quite similar to that of "We Cry" in the sense that Danny is once again walking around an urban city and there are also shots of the full band together, in a parking lot this time rather than the flat in "We Cry". However, it is different because there is a more apparent plot in this video. Danny is sitting on the pavement patiently singing about how he is waiting on a girl to come and meet him. Crowds begin to gather round him and he makes the news, becoming something of a celebrity. Near the end of the video there are time lapsed scenes of days passing and we witness Danny in rain and snow, growing older with a larger beard, but still waiting on the pavement. The video ends with a close-up on Danny who is still waiting as the girl has yet to come to him.


  • CD single[4] / Digital single[5]
  1. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" - 4:02
  2. "Anybody There" - 2:57
  • German CD single[6]
  1. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" - 4:02
  2. "Anybody There" - 2:57
  3. "Rusty Halo" (Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire) - 3:45
  4. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" (Making of the Video) - 3:00
  • Digital EP[7]
  1. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" - 4:02
  2. "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" (Music Video) - 3:59

Chart performance[edit]

On 27 July 2008 the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 30, eventually peaking at number 2, narrowly losing the top spot to Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl". On its third week on the chart, the song moved up from 72 to number 19 in New Zealand. On 3 November 2008, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" debuted at number 93 on the Australia ARIA Singles Chart, but flopped, peaking at number 44. Although a year and a half later the single has been certified Gold in Australia indicating sales of 35, 000. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it debuted on number 96, making it Script's second single to enter the chart after "Breakeven". On 19 September 2010, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 35 following the release of second studio album, Science & Faith, which reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart. It has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipment of 500,000 copies in the US. Although it only reached number 86 in the chart it has received slow burning popularity in the US. On 15 April 2012 The Man Who Can't Be Moved re-entered the UK Singles chart at number 18 following the cover performance by David Julien on The Voice UK.[8]