The song is about an abused boy named Luka who supposedly lives upstairs from the songwriter. It talks in first person of a conversation between the two. Luka tells Vega not to worry if she...
My name is Luka
I live on the second floor
I live upstairs from you
Yes I think you've seen me before
If you hear something late at night
Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight
Just don't ask me what it was [Repeat x 3]

I think it's because I'm clumsy
I try not to talk too loud
Maybe it's because I'm crazy
I try not to act too proud
They only hit until you cry
And after that you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore [Repeat x 3]

Yes I think I'm okay
I walked into the door again
Well, if you ask that's what I'll say
And it's not your business anyway
I guess I'd like to be alone
With nothing broken, nothing thrown
Just don't ask me how I am [Repeat x 3]


I think it's because I'm clumsy
I try not to talk too loud
Maybe it's because I'm crazy
I try not to act too proud
They only hit until you cry
And after that you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore [Repeat x 3]

Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by adcart98

"Luka" as written by Suzanne Vega

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  • +4
    General CommentLuka is Slavic (Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene...) male name. It's same as Luke!

    Anyway it's a great song...sad but great!
    rankoon January 05, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe best and most catchy song about child abuse of all time. I really enjoy this song, but I don't enjoy what it's about.

    I do believe that this song is about a little boy being abused, not a battered wife. The line "They only hit until you cry" means that more than one person is abusing the narrator. Of course she could be making a generalization about men or abusive people in general, but within the context of the song, I think that it sounds like it's a child talking about their situation.
    Hawkgoldon December 13, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSad, sad song about a kid being physically abused. Maybe I'm fucked up because this is one of my favorite songs and I always go around singing it. But although it's sad, it's really, really catchy.
    aj2828ajon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy mom's favorite song.
    nietzsche_66on June 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is sad... so much EVIL in this world!!makes me want to cry.
    bluestarstruckon August 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI read in an interview that Luka is a man!
    Non March 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I remember watching an interview with her on her website… where she talked about this. It's about a 8 or 9 year old little boy (I can't remember which age she said) being abused.

    She also talked about a boy who lived upstairs from her in one of her old apartments named Luka who WASN'T abused. It obviously didn't bother him because she says he went back to her old apartment to get her former roommate to prove to a girl that Suzanne Vega had really lived there. Nice way to pick up chicks. XD
    Konekonosumuieon April 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhoever said this song isn't about a child is being abused...have you actually seen the video? It shows Luka wandering the streets and is too scared to go home at night. And he's the one who lives upstairs from her, not her husband?!
    xrebzxon February 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI saw her a week ago in concert. The song is about child abuse and the topic wasn't really talked about much when she wrote it, so it was leading edge.

    Anyway, Luka was a real kid, but not abused. He lived in an apartment building she lived in at one time. She knew him and would see him playing with the other kids, but he didn't quite fit in with the kids. He was a little different. She ran with "different" theme...and extrapolated.
    jjooeekkoollon April 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning1.) This song is about child abuse (physical).

    2.) Luka is a MALE name, not female. Luka is also known as: Luke when translated into an "English" version of the name.

    3.) If anyone on here bothered to do their research (which apparently many of you clearly haven't, based upon the grossly incorrect comments on here)... then you would know that Luka is a male. This song is NOT about a female, nor is it about spousal abuse.

    I find it amazing how people so often twist the meanings of things, such as words, and even entire songs! Perhaps in this instance, this occurred because the song is sung by a soft-voiced woman, thus people automatically assume that the song is about a woman?

    It's quite strange and disturbing how some people's minds work, and how presumptuous people can be.

    The singer/songwriter, Suzanne Vega, stated in an interview that the song "Luka" is a fictional (fake, untrue, made up) song, based upon only the name of a real life little boy that she once knew in her younger days, named Luka. Suzanne recalled that Luka seemed a little different and somewhat awkward around the other children that he played with. She did not believe that the real life Luka was a victim of any kind of abuse, that he was just a socially awkward child.

    In simplest form, the song "Luka" is about a little boy that is periodically abused/beaten by his caretakers. Nothing more, nothing less.
    DieselDudeon March 01, 2014   Link

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