Can't Buy Me Love
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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Can't buy me love, love
Can't buy me love

I'll buy you a diamond ring, my friend, if it makes you feel all right
I'll get you anything, my friend, if it makes you feel all right
'Cause I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love

I'll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give, but what I got I'll give to you
I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love

Can't buy me love; everybody tells me so
Can't buy me love, no, no, no, no

Say you don't need no diamond ring and I'll be satisfied




Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can't buy
I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love

Overall Meaning

The song "Can't Buy Me Love" by Ella Fitzgerald is a cover of the famous Beatles hit. The lyrics convey the idea that nothing can compare to the value of love in a romantic relationship. They paint money as trivial and incapable of buying happiness, companionship, or affection.


The first verse suggests that the singer is willing to give diamonds and anything else to their friend to feel all right. However, their priority is not wealth, but instead, it is love. It asserts that money can't buy love, but love can. The next verse reinforces this message, promising all they have to give if their partner loves them too. The bridge refrains in repetition, emphasizing that each person knows that love cannot be purchased regardless of the circumstances. In the end, the singer asks their lover to tell them if they share the same sentiments about love being irreplaceable by material possessions.


To highlight, this song's message is to emphasize the importance of genuine love over monetary values in a romantic relationship. It suggests that love is priceless, which means money or any material measure of wealth cannot replace it. It is a reminder that when all is said and done, the relationship's quality equals the measure of emotional intimacy and not how wealthy the individuals involved are.


Line by Line Meaning

Can't buy me love, love
Love cannot be bought with money.


Can't buy me love
Reiterating that love cannot be bought with money.


I'll buy you a diamond ring, my friend, if it makes you feel all right
I am willing to buy you a diamond ring if it brings you happiness.


I'll get you anything, my friend, if it makes you feel all right
I am willing to buy you anything if it brings you happiness.


'Cause I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love
Money isn't as important to me as love.


I'll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
If you love me, I will give you everything I have to offer.


I may not have a lot to give, but what I got I'll give to you
Even though I don't have much, I will still give you what I can.


Can't buy me love; everybody tells me so
People have told me countless times that love can't be bought with money.


Can't buy me love, no, no, no, no
Reiterating that love cannot be bought with money.


Say you don't need no diamond ring and I'll be satisfied
If you tell me that you don't need a diamond ring, I will be content.


Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can't buy
Express that you desire something that can't be bought with money.


I don't care too much for money; money can't buy me love
Money isn't as important to me as love.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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L Dennehy

1st class all the way. She has grace, elegance, poise and beauty all wrapped up into a gorgeous package!

Socratic Methods

She made it into a whole new song.

Lucie Melahn

A good song is always good. She recognized it.

Rob Ratchford

Thank you for including the introduction by Ed! Really appreciate it and Ella’s music is timeless!

John Hourigan

Love this version! — and I’m a Beatles fan. And the crane/dolly in shot toward the end of the song is why I love 1960s TV —

Kevin Rodrigues

Very Good! I usually don't like covers that changes too much the original song, but this version is pure talent!

JOTAT10

Immortal goddess and unforgettable Jazz singer, she will always be remembered in the world in any homage to American music.

Richard Moore

Fabulous arrangement by Johnnie Spence. The studio recording was recorded at Abbey Road with George Martin.

Don Paul WeatherPLUS Paul

It would have been nice if arrangers and the great CBS Orchestra conducted by Ray Bloc would get some credit on these great jazz performances.

John Hourigan

Absolutely! In one show, Ray and the orchestra had to perform jazz, classical, rock and roll throughout the run of the show.

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