You Can’t Hurry Love

The Marvelettes の “Please Mr. Postman” を聞いていると、そいういえば、デトロイトモータウン歴史博物館の前で夕方、記念写真を撮ったことがあることを思い出したが、なぜ、そこに行ったのか、どうも詳細が蘇ってこない。ただ、車の運転手が荒廃してしまったデトロイトを嘆いていたことだけは覚えている。“Please Mr. Postman” のもともとのレコーディングはギターの伴奏さえないし、ジャケットにしたところで歌っているアーティストの写真やイラストさえないシンプルなものだ。それって、黒人の歌が白人に受け入れられやすくするための配慮でもあったのだろうか?

 

というわけで、もう一曲、Motown の代表曲である The Supremes のこの 1966 年の曲『恋はあせらず』(You Can’t Hurry Love) を取り上げた。和洋を問わず、これを下敷きにしている曲ってかなりあると思う。なお、YouTube で一番アクセスが多いクリップは歌詞を途中で間違えて挽回しているところがあり、使用しなかった。

 

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.

※ 注: it = the only thing

 

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,

This precious word 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.”

 

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 onwaiting, I keep on waiting.

But it ain't easy, It ain't easy.

 

But 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 ……”