You Can’t Hurry Love Lyrics

You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes

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You Can’t Hurry Love Lyrics

I need love, love, to ease my mind
I need to find, find, someone to call mine
But mama said

You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
She said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes

But how many heartaches must I stand
Before I find a love to let me live again
Right now the only thing, that keeps me hanging on
When I feel my strength, yeah it’s almost gone, I remember mama said

You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
She said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take
How long must I wait, how much more can I take
Before loneliness, will ’cause my heart, heart to break?

No, I can’t bear, to live my life alone
I grow impatient for a love, to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can’t go on
These precious words keeps me hanging on, I remember mama said

(You can’t hurry love) no you just have to wait
She said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
She said: “Trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes” (Now wait)

No love, love don’t come easy, but I keep on waiting, anticipating for that
Soft voice, to talk to me at night
For some tender arms to hold me tight
I keep waiting, I keep on waiting
But it ain’t easy, it ain’t easy, when mama said

You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
She said: “Trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes”
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait
She said love don’t come easy


Guitar Lessons


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 1

Written in 1966 by Motown’s songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland, You Can’t Hurry Love went straight to #1 in the Billboard charts.

Sixteen years later, Phil Collins recorded it in a different key and again put it back at the #1 spot, this time in the U.K.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 1.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 2 (Free Preview)

I want you to be able to play the chorus progression anywhere on the neck as this will make it more enjoyable playing the song.

You could in this way keep changing it every time you play it.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 2.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 3

In this lesson, we take an in-depth look at the verse.

It is actually the same as the chorus you learned last time, just played with a different rhythm.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 3.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 4

In this lesson, we learn how to turn a major barre chord into a dom7 chord, no matter where we are on the neck.

We do this in preparation for playing the bridge in the next step.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 4.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 5

Today we take a look at the bridge section of You Can’t Hurry Love.

This section ends with that F to F7 movement you practiced last time.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 5.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 6

Today we recap all three sections by playing them one after another.

Following this, you will be well on your way to play the full song.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 6.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 7

To be as methodical as we have been really is a great idea when you learn any song.

It gives you the freedom to play around with the chords and rhythms, rather than having one set part.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 7.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Step 8

This is the last lesson in which we work on You Can’t Hurry Love.

Use what you’ve learned in previous steps to construct a part that you feel works for this song. Or, why not just improvise!

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

You Can’t Hurry Love has a great chord progression using only chords from the key of Bb.

By starting some of the chords earlier than expected, You Can’t Hurry Love gets its famous bouncy feel.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love chords and guitar lessons.


The Funk Brothers

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were the Funk Brothers.

The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles and the band found a note on the hit factory door.

Go to The Funk Brothers biography.


Holland Dozier Holland

Lamont Dozier and brother Eddie and Brian Holland was Motown’s main songwriting team in Motown’s hit factory during the 60s.

Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.

Go to Holland-Dozier-Holland biography.


The Supremes

The Supremes are the most successful American vocal group of all time.

Lead by Diana Ross, they delivered number #1’s like Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Stop! In the Name of Love, You Can’t Hurry Love, and You Keep Me Hangin’ On.

Go to The Supremes biography.


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