"Iluvya" as written by and Thomas Edward Yorke....
You luv me (repeated multiple times)
I luv ya (repeated multiple times)
Un souvenir de la rue? (repeated)
I luv ya (repeated multiple times in two layers)
I love you (repeated several times)
I luv ya (layered over the previous vocals)



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"Iluvya" as written by Thomas Edward Yorke

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  • +1
    General CommentThe song starts with 'you love me'. There's also some French stuff in there but they're not lyrics. And there's a chant in the middle where Thom sings 'I love you'. So yeah... it's political. About Blair and Bush.
    eatenbythewormson November 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhile this song probably doesn't mean anything, it means something to me.

    The phrase "I love you" loses its meaning if it's repeated too often. These days, you find "I love you" printed on greeting cards, premade e-mails, boxes of chocolate, teddy bears...

    To me, the mechanical voice programmed to repeat "I love ya" states that "I love you" no longer holds any meaning. It's been turned into little more then a tagline to move product.
    YanYan108on November 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song actually has 'you love me' at the beginning. Then there's the 'i luv ya'. I think--taken within the context of the entire album--this is a genuine love song. Thom did say there are a lot of love songs in "The Eraser", and that people who want to interpret everything he writes as socio-political are just being lazy. It's a common misconception to see everything Radiohead-related as impersonal. It's not. I think this is just a love song. It is for me.
    eatenbythewormson November 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTrearean, I guess anything is possible. At first I associated this song with Dizzee Rascal's I Luv U and Modeselektor's I Love You. But I don't think the meaning Thom intended (if any) is necessarily the same. Why not take it at face value? Sure, sometimes we can say I love you too much and it loses its meaning, but sometimes those are the three words we need to utter in order to say something to someone. It can lose it's meaning but it does mean something sometimes.
    eatenbythewormson May 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYanYan I think has it. I love you should mean something very beautiful and special but the way it's just been colloquially shortened demeans its value.
    Karma policemanon September 27, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentHyphnip, I think you're hearing, "Turn the music down."
    I listened for it and I thought I heard it, too, but I think it's a guy saying, "Turn the music down."
    ComparedPallidon March 22, 2007   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis theory is a real longshot but consider it:

    I know Thom Yorke is way into alot of "IDM"- stuff like Aphex Twin and Autechre- so when I first heard this I thought maybe this was his tribute to the genre and its artists, and the line "I luv ya" is like him saying how much he loves those musicians.

    Again, very unlikely but an interesting thought that came to mind.
    Treareanon December 11, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General Commentis it just me or does it kind of sound like someone in there says "throw the nigger down" my friend says he can hear it too!
    Hyphnipon January 24, 2007   Link

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