Careless Love
Hugh Laurie Lyrics


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Love oh love
Oh careless love
Love oh love love love love
Oh careless love

You make me
You make me weep
And you make me
You make me moan
You make me leave
My happy home

Don't you never
Drive a stranger
From your door
Don't you never
Don't you never never never
Drive a stranger from your door

It may be your sister
Or your brother
You'll never know
Don't you never drive a stranger
From your door

Careless love
You drove me
Through the rain and snow
Careless love
You drove me, you drove me
Through the wind and snow

You robbed me
Out of my silver
And you robbed me
Out of my gold
I'll be damned




If I let you
Rob me out of my soul

Overall Meaning

The song "Careless Love" by Hugh Laurie is a blues standard that depicts the sorrow and pain caused by love, specifically, careless love. Throughout the lyrics, the singer expresses his emotions of sadness, despair, agony, and helplessness over a love that has caused him to suffer. The singer describes his love as careless because it causes him and others to feel pain and leaves them in a vulnerable state.


The opening lines, "Love oh love, Oh careless love," set the tone for the entire song, expressing a contradiction between love and carelessness. The singer is weeping and moaning because of this love that he cannot control. The love is driving him away from his happy home, leading him into a path of sorrow and despair. He warns the audience never to drive a stranger from their door, it could be anybody, and you might never know who you have pushed away.


The refrain "Careless Love" is repeated to emphasize the singer's deep pain and the unbearable consequences of this love. The line "You drove me through the rain and snow" indicates the difficulty and pain caused by the love, while "You robbed me out of my silver and gold" shows how the singer has lost significant things that he values. Finally, the statement, "I'll be damned if I let you rob me out of my soul" suggests that even though love has caused him pain and suffering, he refuses to let it consume his inner being.


Line by Line Meaning

Love oh love
Addressing the concept of romantic love.


Oh careless love
Expressing the idea of love being careless, unpredictable and uncontrollable.


Love oh love love love love
Reiterating the idea of love and its unpredictable nature.


You make me
Attributing personal feelings and emotions to love.


You make me weep
Expressing the feeling of sadness and sorrow caused by love.


And you make me
Continuing the attribution of emotions to love.


You make me moan
Expressing the feeling of pain and struggle caused by love.


You make me leave
Expressing the act of leaving one's home or comfort zone because of love.


My happy home
Referring to one's comfortable and stable life.


Don't you never
Giving emphasis to a certain action that should not be taken.


Drive a stranger
Referring to not sending away outsiders.


From your door
Referring to one's house or place of living.


It may be your sister
Warning that a stranger can often turn out to be a family member or someone known.


Or your brother
Reiterating that even a family member can be mistaken as a stranger.


You'll never know
Emphasizing that one can never be too sure about someone's identity.


Careless love
Repeating the phrase that summarizes the song's theme.


You drove me
Expressing that love led to or caused an action.


Through the rain and snow
Describing the challenging journey or struggle caused by love.


You robbed me
Attributing theft or loss to love.


Out of my silver
Referring to losing something of value.


And you robbed me
Reiterating the idea of loss caused by love.


Out of my gold
Refers to further loss of valuables.


I'll be damned
Expressing frustration or anger towards the situation caused by love.


If I let you
Referring to not allowing love to take away something else of value.


Rob me out of my soul
Refers to the idea of losing something invaluable, such as one's own sense of self and identity.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, HANDY BROTHERS MUSIC CO.,INC.
Written by: Martha E. Koenig, Spencer Williams, W.C. Handy

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Nisan. nurdanbede

Love oh love
Aşk oh aşk
oh careless love
Umursamaz aşk

You make me
you make me weep
Ağlatıyorsun beni
And you make me
you make me moan
İnletiyorsun beni
you make me leave
my happy home
Mutlu yuvamı terk ettiriyorsun

Don't you never
drive a stranger
Yabancıyla gitmez misin
from your door
Kapından
don't you never
don't you never never never
drive a stranger from your door
Asla mı

It may be your sister
Ablan ya da
or your brother
Abin olabilir
you'll never know
Asla bilemezsin
don't you never drive a stranger
from your door
Yabancıyla kapıdan gitmez misin

Careless love
Umursamaz aşk
you drove me
through the rain and snow
Yağmurda karda sürdürdün beni
Careless love
Umursamaz aşk
you drove me
through the wind and snow
Rüzgar ve karda süründürdün

You robbed me
out of my silver
Gümüşüme kadarsoydun beni
and you robbed me
out of my gold
Altınıma kadar soydun
I'll be damned
Lanetleneceğim
if I let you
Seni bırakırsam
rob me out of my soul
Ruhumu da soy



Irakli Kupradze

Love oh love
Oh careless love
Love oh love love love love
Oh careless love

You make me
You make me weep
And you make me
You make me moan
You make me leave
My happy home

Don't you never
Drive a stranger
From your door
Don't you never
Don't you never never never
Drive a stranger from your door

It may be your sister
Or your brother
You'll never know
Don't you never drive a stranger
From your door

Careless love
You drove me
Through the rain and snow
Careless love
You drove me, you drove me
Through the wind and snow

You robbed me
Out of my silver
And you robbed me
Out of my gold
I'll be damned
If I let you
Rob me out of my soul



All comments from YouTube:

Lauren Veillette-Miron

Such a beautiful song. The combination of vocals and that darn piano gives me chills ♥

Joanne Reilly

Loved when you played the piano and guitar on House. Could see the passion for your playing. Beautiful to watch musicians create their sounds…. Play on….

Dawny Singer

We love the little piano. I wanted to show my boyfriend how talented you truly are. Love your work!!

Vanessa Coelho

Incredible as always! Lots of love from Brasil♡♡♡

Antonis Manolakos

Keep on your excellent work Mr. Hugh with all your passion! 
Love from Greece ;)

Rj Smith

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Nisan. nurdanbede

Love oh love
Aşk oh aşk
oh careless love
Umursamaz aşk

You make me
you make me weep
Ağlatıyorsun beni
And you make me
you make me moan
İnletiyorsun beni
you make me leave
my happy home
Mutlu yuvamı terk ettiriyorsun

Don't you never
drive a stranger
Yabancıyla gitmez misin
from your door
Kapından
don't you never
don't you never never never
drive a stranger from your door
Asla mı

It may be your sister
Ablan ya da
or your brother
Abin olabilir
you'll never know
Asla bilemezsin
don't you never drive a stranger
from your door
Yabancıyla kapıdan gitmez misin

Careless love
Umursamaz aşk
you drove me
through the rain and snow
Yağmurda karda sürdürdün beni
Careless love
Umursamaz aşk
you drove me
through the wind and snow
Rüzgar ve karda süründürdün

You robbed me
out of my silver
Gümüşüme kadarsoydun beni
and you robbed me
out of my gold
Altınıma kadar soydun
I'll be damned
Lanetleneceğim
if I let you
Seni bırakırsam
rob me out of my soul
Ruhumu da soy

Sudipto Saha

he played the harmonica so sweet

Irakli Kupradze

Love oh love
Oh careless love
Love oh love love love love
Oh careless love

You make me
You make me weep
And you make me
You make me moan
You make me leave
My happy home

Don't you never
Drive a stranger
From your door
Don't you never
Don't you never never never
Drive a stranger from your door

It may be your sister
Or your brother
You'll never know
Don't you never drive a stranger
From your door

Careless love
You drove me
Through the rain and snow
Careless love
You drove me, you drove me
Through the wind and snow

You robbed me
Out of my silver
And you robbed me
Out of my gold
I'll be damned
If I let you
Rob me out of my soul

Fer Serrano

Just beautiful Mr. Laurie... I have no words

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