Help Me Find Another "I Love You" Song
February 15, 2010 5:30 PM   Subscribe

Ridiculously little to go on, I know, but do you know what song this is? The artist is similar sounding to The National and the main refrain is "I Love You".

When I heard it, I also thought the lead singer sounded a lot like Lou Reed. So the main vocals were male, but there was an intermittent female harmony. I didn't catch the lyrics in between the "I love you" part, but the deep husky voice of the main vocalist make it unmistakable.

That's all I've got, I'm afraid. I heard it in a cafe and can't get it out of my mind. I hope it rings a bell for someone out there....
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I Love You by the Velvet Underground? Lou Reed AND a girl, oh my.
posted by oinopaponton at 5:37 PM on February 15, 2010

(sorry, this is a better version, and it's just Lou, but maybe there's a version with Nico on it somewhere out there.)
posted by oinopaponton at 5:38 PM on February 15, 2010

oinopaponton, you're a star. I listened to both, but neither are quite what I heard in the cafe. I'm going to go searching for covers of this though... thanks!
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 5:49 PM on February 15, 2010

Alright - this is definitely not Lou Reed, or The National for that matter, but it does repeat "I Love You" over and over again, has intermittent female harmony, and features a deep voiced male - plus it's a flat out great tune: Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti & Spearhead.
posted by Rewind at 6:02 PM on February 15, 2010

what about that pixie's song? la-la-love-you, cant remember name off hand, or locate disc. its on doolittle...
posted by supermedusa at 6:41 PM on February 15, 2010

Could it be the Dandy Warhols' "I Love You"?
posted by palomar at 6:48 PM on February 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

That is the name of it, and it's the first thing I thought of too.

La La Love You by the Pixies
posted by Juicy Avenger at 6:51 PM on February 15, 2010

So far, it's neither Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Pixies, nor the Dandy Warhols--but thank-you to Rewind, supermedusa, and palomar!
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 7:09 PM on February 15, 2010

Deep husky voice + intermittent female harmony + lots of "I love you" = Magnetic Fields to me. It's likely not this song, but does it sound like the same vocalists?

If so, you might want to take a look at the lyrics for 69 Love Songs--there are three volumes worth.
posted by sallybrown at 7:21 PM on February 15, 2010

sallybrown: thank-you, it does sound very close!

I'm going to start wading through their music.... could take awhile. But even if it isn't them, at least I found 'papa was a rodeo'...! Great stuff.
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 7:30 PM on February 15, 2010

Not I Love You by The Bees?
posted by greenish at 5:07 AM on February 16, 2010

I Love You by Daniel Lanois, w/ Emmylou Harris on backing vocals?
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:39 AM on February 16, 2010

Possibly this?

Bill Callahan - "My Friend"
posted by the foreground at 8:23 AM on February 16, 2010

Could it be Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney? It has female vox interspersed with the "I love you" chorus around 1:35
posted by dm_nyc at 8:24 AM on February 16, 2010

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