You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins

You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins.

What is the meaning of the song You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins?

You Can’t Hurry Love is a song released by British singer-songwriter Phil Collins in 1982 from his second solo studio album Hello, I Must Be Going! The song, which was originally released by The Supremes in 1966, is basically about a mother advising her young daughter to be patient and not rush into establishing a romantic relationship with anyone because at the right time she would meet the right person.

According to Collins, the idea behind his rendition of You Can’t Hurry Love was to try to see if he and his longtime collaborator Hugh Padgham could accomplish the herculean task of duplicating the song’s Sixties sound in the studio. And indeed the task proved quite difficult for Collins and Padgham since the majority of the recording equipment in the Eighties were totally different from what were used back in the Sixties. According to Collins, he and Padgham found it very difficult trying to achieve the rough drum sounds of the original song since their main goal was to make a “remake” of the song and not an “interpretation”.

Facts about Phil Collins’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”

  • You Can’t Hurry Love was written by the renowned songwriting and production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, which consisted of Lamont Dozier and Eddie and Brian Holland.
  • Collins altered some of the lyrics of the original song in his version. For example, in his version he used the line How much more must I take? instead of the original song’s How much more can I take?
  • Collins’ version of You Can’t Hurry Love went on to become the most famous and successful cover of the song peaking at the number 1 position in a number of countries including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
  • Having peaked at number 1in the United Kingdom, You Can’t Hurry Love became Collins’ first solo song to reach the number-one spot on the UK Singles Chart.
  • The song was Collins’ first cover to be released as a single as well as one of his most successful cover songs.


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