You Can’t Hurry Love chords by The Supremes


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You Can’t Hurry Love | Chords + Lyrics

Intro (0:06)

| N.C | N.C | N.C | N.C | Bb N.C | N.C |

Verse 1 (0:06)

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
I need love, love, to ease my mind.
| Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |
I need to find, find, someone to call mine, but mama said.

Chorus 1 (0:17)

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
| Dm Gm7 | Gm Gm7 | Eb | F |
she said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take.
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
| Dm Gm | Gm | Eb | F |
you gotta trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes.

Bridge 1 (0:37)

| Dm | Dm | Dm | Dm |
But how many heartaches must I stand,
| Gm | Gm | Gm | Gm |
before I find a love to let me live again.
| Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb |
Right now the only thing, that keeps me hanging on,
| F | F F6 | F7 | F7 F |
when I feel my strength, yeah it’s almost gone, I remember mama said.

Chorus 2 (0:56)

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
| Dm Gm7 | Gm Gm7 | Eb | F |
she said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take.
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
How long must I wait, how much more can I take,
| Dm Gm | Gm | Eb | F |
before loneliness, will ’cause my heart, heart to break?

Bridge 2 (1:16)

| Dm | Dm | Dm | Dm |
No, I can’t bear, to live my life alone,
| Gm7 | Gm7 Gm | Gm7 Gm | Gm |
I grow impatient for a love, to call my own.
| Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb E |
But when I feel that I, I can’t go on,
| F | F F6 | F7 | F7 F |
these precious words keeps me hanging on, I remember mama said.

Chorus 3 (1:36)

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
(You can’t hurry love) no you just have to wait.
| Dm Gm7 | Gm Gm7 | Eb | F |
She said love don’t come easy, it’s a game of give and take.
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
| Dm Gm | Gm | Eb | F |
she said: “Trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes” (Now wait).

Breakdown (1:56)

| N.C | N.C |

Verse 2 (1:58)

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
No love, love don’t come easy,
| Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |
but I keep on waiting, anticipating for that,
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
soft voice, to talk to me at night.
| Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |
For some tender arms to hold me tight,
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
I keep waiting, I keep on waiting,
| Dm Gm | Gm | Eb F | F |
but it ain’t easy, it ain’t easy, when mama said.

Chorus 4 (2:28)

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
| Dm Dsus4 Gm | Gm | Eb F | F |
she said: “Trust, give it time, no matter how long it takes”.
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait,
| Dm Gm | Gm | Eb F | F | to fade
She said love don’t come easy.


You can learn how to play You Can’t Hurry Love!

You Can’t Hurry Love is a single by The Supremes. Released in 1966 it would become one of the band’s biggest hits, perfectly representing the 60s Motown sound.

Written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, it is a true jewel in the crown of Berry Gordy’s musical empire.

The best thing You Can’t Hurry Love teaches you is how to maintain a repetitive rhythm as the chords change.

By playing the same rhythm for every chord, you create a meditative part that is really easy for the listener to absorb. Essential for songs that are going to be played on the radio for decades to come.

As you practice the song, ensure that all transitions between the bridges and choruses are played with authority.

When you can play the song in an improvised way, meaning, you change the chord shapes as you go along, still maintaining the set rhythm, you are on the right track.

To achieve this, you must practice the chord progression for each section in every area of the neck. Below you find the first lesson from the course where we do this for the chorus, enjoy!


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You Can’t Hurry Love | Chorus chords and exercises

Let’s start with working on that chorus progression. I want you to be able to play this anywhere on the neck as this will make it more enjoyable to play the song. You could in this way keep changing it every time you play it.

The fact that you’ll map out the fretboard with Bb, Eb, Dm, Gm, and F chords is a bonus not to be underestimated!

This is the progression of the chorus.

||: Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
Dm Gm | Gm | Eb | F :||

It may seem like a good idea to half the tempo (from 192 to 96) and think at 16th note pace rather than at 8th note pace.

However, if you did this, the notation of these chords would be on the up beat and this is clearly not reggae!

Let’s start by playing all these chords as far down the neck as we can. Each chords shape is:

In TAB, it looks like this.

You Can't Hurry Love chords and TAB, chorus example 1.

When you can play this along to the loop, don’t stop the loop, instead, move up the neck and play it like example 2 shown below.

Now the chords are a G-shape for the Bb, a C-shape for the Eb, Cm-shape for the Dm, Em-shape for the Gm, and a D-shape for the F.

Play it until you don’t make any mistakes. Just like when you played Rescue Me and all other songs that use barre chords, you must do all your muting with the fretting hand.

You Can't Hurry Love chords and TAB, chorus example 2.

Here’s the next and perhaps the best way to play this chorus, the Bb gets an E-shape, the Eb an A-shape, etc.

Keep this going until you can play it without making mistakes.

You Can't Hurry Love chords and TAB, chorus example 3.

Example 4 is more of an exercise than a great part to be perfectly honest with you.

When you can play this really well, you’ll end up picking a few of these shapes for one area of the song.

You Can't Hurry Love chords and TAB, chorus example 4.

Here’s the last example. I like the progression up here, the C-shaped Bb and the E-shaped Eb sound great.

I would consider playing like this towards the end of the song in order to create a climax.

You Can't Hurry Love chords and TAB, chorus example 5.

When you feel confident playing all five examples, go back to the video and play after I play each example. If you can do this you have proved to yourself you can do it.

Spend the remaining time moving around the neck picking chord shapes in an improvised way. Experiment with adding the upstroke rhythm I talk about in the video lesson.

Next time, we do the same to the verse which is the same progression, just played with a different rhythm.

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You Can’t Hurry Love’s chords and progressions

The chords are all from the key of Bb. The verse and chorus use the same chords, although the way you play them should be with different rhythms.

The intro is played on bass with only one little chord stab

| N.C | N.C | N.C | N.C | Bb N.C | N.C |

The first verse is played over 8 bars. the Bb in bar three comes in on beat 4.

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
| Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F |

The chorus is essentially the same although you want to play it with a different rhythm and repeat it.

||: Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
| Dm Gm7 | Gm Gm7 | Eb | F :||

The bridge starts on chord III.

| Dm | Dm | Dm | Dm |
| Gm | Gm | Gm | Gm |
| Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb |
| F | F F6 | F7 | F7 F |

Chorus 2 has the exact same chords, although the shapes change. Bridge 2 has slightly different extensions and also chord shapes.

| Dm | Dm | Dm | Dm |
| Gm7 | Gm7 Gm | Gm7 Gm | Gm |
| Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb E |
| F | F F6 | F7 | F7 F |

Chorus 3 is the same as before. Verse 2 is three times longer than before.

||: Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
| Dm Gm7 | Gm7 | Eb F | F :|| x3

The final chorus has a few small variations.

| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
| Dm Dsus4 Gm | Gm | Eb F | F |
| Bb | Bb | Eb Bb | Bb |
| Dm Gm | Gm | Eb F | F | to fade


You Can’t Hurry Love | Related pages


You Can’t Hurry Love – 8 guitar lessons

You Can't Hurry Love, 8 guitar lessons in the course.

Learn how to play You Can’t Hurry Love, step by step by practicing each section of the song with the band.

As well as this we also practice all our dom7 CAGED shapes.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love – 8 guitar lessons.


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The Supremes

Find out more about The Supremes, the band that sang over You Can't Hurry Love's chords.

The Supremes are the most successful American vocal group of all time, at their peak, they were as big as The Beatles.

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

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