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
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was

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
After that you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore

Yes I think I'm okay
I walked into the door again
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
Just don't ask me how I am
Just don't ask me how I am

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
Just don't ask me what it was
Just don't ask me what it was

And they only hit until you cry
After that, you don't ask why
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore
You just don't argue anymore


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 suzannevega.com/… 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
    General CommentNo wonder I never found this song. I always thought it was "My name is liquor.." -.-
    Halkatlaon June 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    MemoryI remember hearing this song on the radio when I was 10 y/o and really liking the sound of it. I recorded it on tape and listened to it over and over. Being from The Netherlands I could understand only a couple of words of the English lyrics but it didn't really hit home at that age. I was being abused myself at that time, everything swept under the carpet, nobody knew. Now looking back it makes me quite sad at times, me as a 10 y/o connecting to the song then unconciously.

    Sublime songwriting from Suzanne.
    Stickysenon December 26, 2009   Link

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