"No More 'I Love Yous'" as written by David Edward Daniel Freeman and Joseph Hughes....
I used to be lunatic from the gracious days
I used to be woebegone and so restless nights
My aching heart would bleed for you to see
Oh but now
(I don't find myself bouncing round whistling
and fortunes to make me cry)
No more "I love yous"
The language is leaving me
No more "I love you's"
Changes are shifting outside the word
(The lover speaks about the monsters)
I used to have demons in my room at night
Desire,despair,desire,so many monsters
Oh but now
(I don't find myself bouncing round whistling
and fortunes to make me cry)

No more "I love you's"
The language is leaving me
No more "I love you's"
The language is leaving me in silence
No more "I love you's"
Changes are shifting outside the word

They were being really crazy
They were on the come.
And you know what mammy?
Everybody was being really crazy
Uh huh
The monsters are crazy
There are monsters outsides

No more "I love you's"
The language is leaving me
No more "I love you's"
The language is leaving me in silence
No more "I love you's"
Changes are shifting outside the word

Outside the word


Lyrics submitted by weezerific:cutlery, edited by Tomcatmass

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  • +6
    General CommentI think this song deals with a person who has previously been needy in relationships waking up and realizing they can't depend on other people to continually make them happy, or constantly afraid of being left by the other person. No more restless nights, demons, feeling so much desire and dispair over a person.
    gpowerson January 22, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Commentcome on now!

    its clear what the song is about....

    I used to be lunatic from the gracious days.
    ''i was irrationally romantic about the early days of young love''
    I used to be woebegone and so restless nights.
    ''i was in despair and couldnt sleep for loosing you''
    My aching heart would bleed for you to see.
    ''i wore my heart on my sleeve for you to see''
    Oh but now I don't find myself bouncing home,
    Whistling button hole tunes to make me cry,
    '' now i dont whistle tunes that i know will make me react and will make me cry''

    ** to buttonhole is to accost or detain a person in order to force them to engage with you** to play a buttonhole tune is to play a song that you know will evoke an emotion in you that you want.(playing a song you know will make you cry when your tearful).**

    No more " I love you's "
    ''i will not say i love you anymore''
    The language is leaving me
    ''the language of love is leaving me''
    No more " I love you's "
    ''i will not say i love you anymore''
    Changes are shifting outside the words.
    ''i am not just saying this. i am feeling this.

    I used to have demons in my room at night
    Desire, despair, desire, so many monsters.
    '' i couldnt sleep for the confusion. wanting you, loosing you, wanting you. so much conflict in my mind''
    tmprojectson May 17, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Commentouch yea i know that...
    gl0ws in the darkon June 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentamazing song, annie lennox was definitely the better half of eurythmics- although i have nothing against dave :). i have no idea what this song's about but i think it's about someone haunted by the failed relationships in their past, and not wanting any more empty, meaningless relationships. hence the "no more i-love-yous". beautiful song anyway :D
    rainbow8711on June 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me...this song is about letting go of a relationship where one has struggled with callousness,disregard and unkindness of the emotional sort.....a kind of relationship where one loves and the other doesn't. So the one who loves has struggled to keep it together.....dealt with 'demons' - 'desire', 'despair', 'desire'......stayed as long as he/she could.....and is finally letting go. I hope to God she does! I've been there......
    redautumnon April 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing
    b_edwards1015on August 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnnie said in an interview on her Central Park DVD that this song to her is about the falseness and monotony of certain loves and that she's "over" the whole love scene, the way she interprets it. I love the original-- they're always great if AL wants to cover it! But I just really prefer her vocals and arrangement.

    The video, all that Tolouse LaTrec business in the video is representative of people's facades, and maybe eventaully finding a place that they can be real. You'll notice Annie FACILITATES this, but never gets to let her guise down. She's almost bitter, and she doesn't even want to try any more.

    What an incredible song!!!!
    LondonSkylineon August 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThose who think this song is about child abuse are simply incorrect. It is, as others have suggested, about falling out of love with someone who once completely infatuated the person in the song, but didn't return that love.

    The opening line in the original song is, "I used to be lunatic from your gracious face.", meaning just the sight of his lover's face drove him crazy with desire, etc. That would hardly be the perspective of a child to his/her abuser.

    Also, the line sung by the chorus introducing the second verse, "The lover speaks about the monsters." identifies the singer as "the lover", again hardly a description of a child.

    Finally, the lines "I used to have demons in my room at night
    Desire, despair, desire, so many monsters." are not typical emotions a child would be dealing with alone in their room at night - here the singer is clearly going through the turmoil of desiring the person, and despairing that they will never see them again, etc.
    MaxTaffeyon August 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWell people sorry to burst your bubble but she didn't write the song and it was written by a man. So its not about her being molested.

    The video is a mask for the song.

    Maybe if you think long and hard you will get what I mean.

    Its all an act... An act to seem normal when in fact that Love has reached a plateau in the persons life... To the point that you are young and love easily... But now older you love and lost so much... Maybe its a string of broken hearts or just one loss... But there comes a point to where NOTHING or ANYONE will ever make you feel the same again... and any attempt to fill in the gaps only cheapens the precious memories. So why bother? Is it possible you have loved so much you no longer find a need to really BE with anyone?
    The person has forsaken love because you realize that the love you lost can and never will be replaced.. So why bother?
    In my case I have already lost nearly everyone I love and the pain is so tremendous that I can not bare to love anyone else because of the inability to lose anymore... Even when this song came out I wanted to forsake love... but my young heart wouldn't let me... its hard when everyone is constantly trying to be with you... till you realize its not you who they love, but the idea of you... They don't actually know you at all... Maybe before I would have gone to the end of the earth for true love... But not now... Cause its not you who needs to prove your love but them...
    No more I love you's here..... The language is leaving me in silence...
    There is more to life than how much someone can love you...
    More so how much love can you give and not expect any in return?
    No one tells me they love me anymore... But I love many...
    Xena802on December 03, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes i must agree that it is a good song. odd for a person like me not my style of music at ALL. anyways i think that the song may mean that she was in a relationship where her partner wasn't there physically or emotionally so she would find things to make a fuss over so that he would pay attention to her. so finally she became so emoyionally exhausted that she gave up on the relationship...... but i am probably wrong
    skaloverxiuxiuon July 18, 2005   Link

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