no substitute lyrics – john lee hooker

i wanna tell you a true story
the facts of life
’cause i know all about it,
’cause i been through it a many times
ain’t no subst*tute, there’s no subst*tute,
subst*tute for love
when your woman gone,
there’s nothin’ else can,
can take her place
but there’s no subst*tute, subst*tute for love
no, no
love will make you gamble
love will make you drink
make you stay out all night long,
lookin’ for love
but there’s no, no subst*tute,
subst*tute, subst*tute for love
i wanna tell you a story,
true, true, true story about love
many times, many times, over ‘n over, over in life,
so many people have tried, tried, to get a subst*tute
an’ it just don’t work, work on love
you may not be good looking,
you may not be so fine
but love, love, love love, love, love,
is a burning thing
it’s a burning thing
i know, i know, i know, i know,
i been down, down, in a ring of fire
lookin’ for a love,
i couldn’t find, i couldn’t find a subst*tute,
uh, for love, for love, i cried, cried
i cried, cried but it just wasn’t there,
just wasn’t there

/ john lee hooker lyrics