You Can't Hurry Love
The Supremes Lyrics


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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
You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes
But how many heartaches must I stand
Before I find a love to let me live again
Right now the only thing that keeps me hanging on
When I feel my strength, yeah, it's almost gone
I remember 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
How long must I wait how much more can I take
Before loneliness will 'cause my heart, heart to break?
No, I can't bear to live my life alone
I grow impatient for a love to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can't go on
These precious words keeps me hanging on
I remember mama said

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

You can't hurry love
No you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

No love, love don't come easy
But I keep on waiting, anticipating for that
Soft voice to talk to me at night
For some tender arms to hold me tight
I keep waiting, I keep on waiting
But it ain't easy, it ain't easy when mama said

You can't hurry love no
You just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

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




You can't hurry love
No, you can't

Overall Meaning

The Supremes's song You Can't Hurry Love is about the frustration of waiting for love. The singer of the song is trying to find someone to love, but she is struggling to find the right person. She is becoming impatient and is asking herself how many heartaches she has to endure before she finds someone to love, but her mama tells her that love cannot be hurried. Mama's advice is that love is a game of give and take, and you cannot rush it. You have to be patient, trust the process, give it time, and eventually, love will find you.


The song has a catchy upbeat tempo, but the lyrics convey a profound message about life and love. The song's theme resonates with people across generations who have experienced the struggle to find love, the disappointments, and the heartaches that come with it. The melody and lyrics of the song have inspired many artists over the years, and it remains a classic in the Motown catalog.


Line by Line Meaning

I need love, love to ease my mind
The singer is feeling lonely and needs the comfort of love to help ease their mind


I need to find, find someone to call mine
The singer is searching for a significant other to have a relationship with


But mama said you can't hurry love
The singer's mother warned them that love takes time and cannot be rushed


No you just have to wait
The singer must be patient and wait for love to come naturally


She said love don't come easy
The singer's mother explained that love is not always easy to find or maintain


It's a game of give and take
Being in love requires both partners to give and take in order to have a successful relationship


You gotta trust, give it time
The singer must trust in the process of finding love and have patience


No matter how long it takes
It doesn't matter how long it takes to find love; it's important to wait for the right person


But how many heartaches must I stand
The singer is tired of experiencing heartache and wonders how much more they can take


Before I find a love to let me live again
The singer is searching for love to help them feel alive and happy again


Right now the only thing that keeps me hanging on
The singer is holding onto hope and the idea of love to keep them going


When I feel my strength, yeah, it's almost gone
The singer feels weak and hopeless, but clings onto the idea of love to keep them strong


Can't hurry love
Love cannot be rushed


How long must I wait how much more can I take
The singer is growing tired of waiting for love and wonders how much more they can handle


Before loneliness will 'cause my heart, heart to break?
The singer fears that if they don't find love soon, they will become so lonely that it will break their heart


No, I can't bear to live my life alone
The singer doesn't want to live their life alone and desires a companion to share their life with


I grow impatient for a love to call my own
The singer is becoming impatient and wants to find their own special love


These precious words keeps me hanging on
The memory of the singer's mother's words about love keep them hopeful and persevering


No love, love don't come easy
Finding love is challenging and requires hard work and patience


But I keep on waiting, anticipating for that
The singer continues to wait and hope for love to come into their life


Soft voice to talk to me at night
The singer desires someone to talk to at night in a soft, gentle voice


For some tender arms to hold me tight
The singer desires the physical embrace of someone to hold them in their arms


But it ain't easy, it ain't easy when mama said
Even though the singer knows they need to be patient, it's still difficult to wait for love


No you can't hurry love
Love cannot be rushed




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Jr. Holland

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@beckster5923

There's an older woman who I was friends with who I love, and she knew I loved her and I did nice things for her and she was also nice to me. But she passed away in the hospital because she didn't want any more treatment for her cancer, and she wanted to peacefully pass away.

I was heartbroken, and the night after I talked to her in the hospital while she was in the process of dying, because they said that hearing is the last sense to go when somebody is dying.

I told her I love her and that I'm desperately trying to escape my painful feelings by hoping that I'll fall in love again with another older woman who can be in person with me on Earth, and be like a housemother, or like a mother figure, like she was, and I told her that I will always still love her also, for as long as I live in this life, because love is eternal and we always love our loved ones, whether they're dead or alive. And everybody can love everybody, we don't have to love only one person. Especially if somebody has passed away, and can't be in person with us anymore.

If there's life after death, I know that everybody will be reunited in Heaven, or in some spiritual world where people go when they die and that we'll all have a peaceful, happier life there, but that's a long time from now. I can predict that my friend will want me to move on and get on with my life on Earth for the time being, but I can't bear to suffer from her death and that's why I want to fall in love again with another older woman. I hope she'll be okay with that, since she knows that she can't be in person with me anymore.

I've been searching when I go out, but I haven't fallen in love with any other older women who I've seen. My roommate, who is another friend I have who is a sister figure, told me about this song.

I already knew this song existed considering that it's old, and been out for years, but she basically brought up this song because she was telling me that there's no use in looking for somebody to fall in love with, because love comes natural.

But yes, I don't know how long it will take and I feel frustrated about the void in my life from losing my friend, and one of the things that will help me move on is getting the void filled by falling in love again with another older woman. Until then, I want to move on but still have my friend in my heart, and get occupation. But I hope that I fall in love again with another older woman here on Earth, who I'll be friends with.



@user-ip9yu7lp1q

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

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

But how many heartaches must I stand
Before I find a love to let me live again
Right now the only thing that keeps me hanging on
When I feel my strength, yeah, it's almost gone
I remember mama said

No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take
How long must I wait? How much more can I take?
Before loneliness will 'cause my heart, heart to break

No, I can't bear to live my life alone
I grow impatient for a love to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can't go on
These precious words keeps me hanging on
I remember mama said

No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take
You can't hurry love

No, you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes (gotta wait)

No love, love don't come easy
But I keep on waiting, anticipating for that
Soft voice to talk to me at night
For some tender arms to hold me tight
I keep waiting, I keep on waiting (give and take)
But it ain't easy, it ain't easy when mama said

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said love don't...



@JOEL-ex8kj

Magnifique, je vous propose une traduction en français, on veut l’amour , on a besoin d’amour, bravo les supremes vous le dites tellement bien ❤:

J'ai besoin d'amour, d'amour pour apaiser mon esprit
J'ai besoin de trouver, trouver quelqu'un pour m'appeler
Mais maman a dit que tu ne peux pas
te dépêcher l'amour
Je ne peux pas me dépêcher mon amour
Quand je sens ma force, ouais, c'est presque parti, je me souviens que maman a dit

Non, tu dois juste attendre
Elle a dit que l'amour ne vient pas facilement
C'est un jeu de concessions mutuelles
Combien de temps dois-je attendre ?
Combien puis-je prendre de plus ?
Avant que la solitude ne fasse que mon cœur, mon cœur se brise
Non, je ne supporte pas de vivre ma vie seul
Je deviens impatient qu'un amour m'appartienne
Mais quand je sens que je, je ne peux pas continuer
Ces précieux mots continuent
Je me suis accroché,
je me souviens que maman a dit
Non, tu dois juste attendre
Elle a dit que l'amour ne vient pas facilement
C'est un jeu de donner et recevoir
Tu ne peux pas te dépêcher mon amour
Non, tu dois juste attendre
Elle a dit confiance, laisse-lui du
temps❤❤❤❤Love U ❤❤❤



@acts15ministry25

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@westmir

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

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
You gotta trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

But how many heartaches must I stand
Before I find a love to let me live again
Right now the only thing that keeps me hanging on
When I feel my strength, yeah, it's almost gone
I remember mama said

No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take
How long must I wait? How much more can I take?
Before loneliness will 'cause my heart, heart to break

No, I can't bear to live my life alone
I grow impatient for a love to call my own
But when I feel that I, I can't go on
These precious words keeps me hanging on
I remember mama said

No, you just have to wait
She said love don't come easy
It's a game of give and take
You can't hurry love

No, you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes (gotta wait)

No love, love don't come easy
But I keep on waiting, anticipating for that
Soft voice to talk to me at night
For some tender arms to hold me tight
I keep waiting, I keep on waiting (give and take)
But it ain't easy, it ain't easy when mama said

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said trust, give it time
No matter how long it takes

You can't hurry love
No, you just have to wait
She said love don't...



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@floralfancy7814

You don't here songs like this anymore! Its sweet, uplifting and honest and has a sisterly type of advice.

@josnow9191

The 60's and 70's music was the best ❤.

@Texaslawhorn

Mary, Diana and Flo rocked this on "The Ed Sullivan Show"!

@josepenuelas1285

Love don't come easy! It's a game of "give & take" 🎸🎹🎶

@brianshin3209

I just shared this song with my friend who’s constantly chasing love as his sole priority in life. Good things come to those who wait.

@josepenuelas1285

You can't hurry love!

@ninobrown3394

Tell her to stop chasing

@beckster5923

There's an older woman who I was friends with who I love, and she knew I loved her and I did nice things for her and she was also nice to me. But she passed away in the hospital because she didn't want any more treatment for her cancer, and she wanted to peacefully pass away.

I was heartbroken, and the night after I talked to her in the hospital while she was in the process of dying, because they said that hearing is the last sense to go when somebody is dying.

I told her I love her and that I'm desperately trying to escape my painful feelings by hoping that I'll fall in love again with another older woman who can be in person with me on Earth, and be like a housemother, or like a mother figure, like she was, and I told her that I will always still love her also, for as long as I live in this life, because love is eternal and we always love our loved ones, whether they're dead or alive. And everybody can love everybody, we don't have to love only one person. Especially if somebody has passed away, and can't be in person with us anymore.

If there's life after death, I know that everybody will be reunited in Heaven, or in some spiritual world where people go when they die and that we'll all have a peaceful, happier life there, but that's a long time from now. I can predict that my friend will want me to move on and get on with my life on Earth for the time being, but I can't bear to suffer from her death and that's why I want to fall in love again with another older woman. I hope she'll be okay with that, since she knows that she can't be in person with me anymore.

I've been searching when I go out, but I haven't fallen in love with any other older women who I've seen. My roommate, who is another friend I have who is a sister figure, told me about this song.

I already knew this song existed considering that it's old, and been out for years, but she basically brought up this song because she was telling me that there's no use in looking for somebody to fall in love with, because love comes natural.

But yes, I don't know how long it will take and I feel frustrated about the void in my life from losing my friend, and one of the things that will help me move on is getting the void filled by falling in love again with another older woman. Until then, I want to move on but still have my friend in my heart, and get occupation. But I hope that I fall in love again with another older woman here on Earth, who I'll be friends with.

@brianshin3209

@@ninobrown3394 the sad thing is he’s a guy. Men should be able to tolerate being alone.

@brianshin3209

@@beckster5923 what ur describing sounds a little more pure and real. My friend on the other hand will take anyone who will have him and the sad thing is he’s got 3 young kids he could make his priority and fill the love in his life through them. But nope, he just wants a female partner. That’s not love. It’s selfish indulgence if you ask me. I tell him straight up all the time and although he acknowledges I’m right he never changes his priorities or behavior.

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