You Can’t Hurry Love chords by The Supremes


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You Can’t Hurry Love | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

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

Verse 1

| 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

| 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

| 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

| 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

| 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

| 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

| N.C | N.C |

Verse 2

| 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

| 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.


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You Can’t Hurry Love chords and progressions (course preview)

You Can't Hurry Love 8 step by step guitar lessons

You Can’t Hurry Love’s verse chords are diatonic to the key of Bb, they don’t break any harmonic rules. Here they are with Roman numerals:

| Bb (I) | Bb | Eb (IV) Bb (I) | Bb |
| Dm (III) Gm7 (VI) | Gm7 | Eb (IV) F (V) | F |

When it comes to actually playing these chords on the guitar, the best thing You Can’t Hurry Love teaches us 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 easy for the listener to absorb. By changing the chord shapes, you provide subtle variation.

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.

In the preview video lesson above, we do this for the chorus. Here are the chords and TAB for example 1.

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

Notice how the Bb and Gm chords are early. Here’s example 2, we are now playing on strings 2-4, not 1-3.

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

Here’s example 3. We are now playing an E shape for the Bb chord.

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

Let’s look at example 4. We start the Bb chord on a D shape here. Try playing along with the TAB loop in the playlist above.

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

Lastly, here’s example 5. The Bb starts with a C shape and all chords are played on strings 2-4.

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

Using live band loops and TAB like this, in the course, we methodically go through all areas of the neck for the remaining sections until you can play You Can’t Hurry Love’s chords all over the neck.

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You Can’t Hurry Love is The Supremes’ signature song!

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.

Looking back, you may think The Supremes (the most successful American vocal group of all time) was an instant hit at Motown but this was not the case.

With their first release in 1960, it would take three years and nine singles before success came. The other acts on the label even referred to them as the no-hit Supremes!

But The Supremes and especially Diana Ross was Berry Gordy‘s favourite so he was not going to give up on her.

Berry was right as once they got going it was no stopping with a string of hits for three hectic years including Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, and Come See About Me, all in 1964.

In 1965 they had success with Stop! In the Name of Love, Back in My Arms Again, and I Hear A Symphony.

1966 was another great year as they released You Can’t Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hanging On, Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone, and The Happening, all reaching #1.

In total, The Supremes had 12 #1 tunes, and as all working bands since the ’70s know, You Can’t Hurry Love is the best one, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a female-fronted Motown band leave it out.


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