"I Love You" as written by and Elmer Bernstein....
I love you, you love me
We're a happy family
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me
We're best friends like friends should be
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you
Won't you say you love me too?


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"I Love You" as written by Stephen Bates Lee Bernstein

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    My InterpretationWhen the singer says "I love you", he is trying to convey his feelings of care and friendliness to the person that is listening to the song. The next line, "You love me" shows that he wants the listener to return that friendliness and care. Without waiting for the listener to respond, the singer moves on to the next line, assuming that the listner is returning the affection. This line states, "We're a great big happy family!" which pulls the listener into a feeling of happiness and companionship as if they were family with the singer.

    "With a smile and a kiss" may sound like it's talking about relationships and how the people in them make each other smile and share kisses, but instead, this is a family that is comfortable with each other and cares about each other deeply, therefore smiling and kissing each other in greeting. This is furthered by, "a hug from me to you", which is where they also greet each other with a hug, or at least, the singer greets the listener with a hug. I theorize that the listener may not return the hug, smile, or kiss because the singer finishes with the line, "Won't you say you love me too?"

    This last line gives a negative twist on the entire song because it doesn't continue, letting us know how the singer feels about the lack of love returned from the listener. It is highly possible that the singer may have become suicidal since they are clearly, deeply in love with the listener and the listener is barely, if at all, returning any of the love, breaking up the 'great big family'.
    dt4l6969on April 26, 2014   Link

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