You Can’t Hurry Love chords



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

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. 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.

The easiest and best way to achieve this is to play along with the TAB loops in the course, methodically working your way through the fretboard for every section of the song.

Further down this page, you find some exercises that will help you achieve this in TAB, these are discussed in the video above after the song.

Before we get to that, let’s take a look at the chords and lyrics.

Below, you see chord boxes, these show how many different shapes you can use to play this song. By choosing different shapes, you create movement and excitement in your guitar part.

Something that is very important to point out here is that I always only play a maximum of three strings per chord. Some of these boxes show four strings in a chord. In that case, I either play strings 1-3 or strings 2-4.


You Can’t Hurry Love chords and lyrics


Chords for You Can’t Hurry Love

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

| 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.

| 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.

| 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.

| 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?

| 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.

| 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).

| N.C | N.C |

| 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.

| 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’t Hurry Love chord progression

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 start 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


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the video above, starting at 2:44, you find a preview of You Can’t Hurry Love’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

In this step, we work on playing the chorus all over the neck. Use the video to play along with all five examples. You can also see the TAB for this below.

In the course, you get a loop to play along with the band, first practice each example, then start moving freely around the fretboard.


You Can’t Hurry Love – 8 Guitar Lessons

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.


You Can’t Hurry Love – Lyrics + Live performance

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.

Go to You Can’t Hurry Love lyrics.


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