Suzanne Vega’s “Luka” – The Story Behind the Song

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 1 week ago in Entertainment
Vega describes how the beautiful and haunting 1987 hit came to be.



Below, the official music video.

There are 17 comments:
Male 2,015
I am amazed that this song came out complete.  No rough drafts, music and lyrics out in 2 hours.
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Male 6
This song is making me older
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Male 885
Great, now I'm on a sad song binge. You're to blame for this, rodent boy.

One of my more recent favorites, though... Ode to the Innocent by Diablo Swing Orchestra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RnvQgEs_78
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Male 10,232
profworm  Gotta add this one:  Hurt - Johnnie Cash
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Male 885
megrendel I had back surgery in November. The worst part I think was the MRI. C-spine, L-spine. T-spine... Inject radioactive dye and do it all again. I spent 4 damn hours in a damned tube, completely motionless. The dude running it had a nice folk playlist cued up for part of it, which was fine right up until this song came on.

I popped out between scans and was like, "Dude, you need to give me something upbeat. Now."

Spent the rest of it listening to Black Flag and other punk sundry. It helped.
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Male 10,232
profworm In such cases, I always default to Tangerine Dream.  Reeeaaaal relaxing.
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Male 2,468
megrendel love Tangerine Dream.  Their soundtrack on Risky Business made Rebecca DeMorney even hotter, if that’s possible.
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Male 10,232
woodyville06 Funny story. (remember this is the days before google) My brother loved the music from Risky Business, especially the bit where they have sex on the train.  He'd been trying to find a copy of it for years.

He mentions it to me and I look through my cassette collection to Tangerine Dream and wouldn't you know it the last track on Dream Music 2 is "Love on a Real Train".  I don't know if he was more happy that I had it or pissed that I had had it all the time.

And yes, Rebecca DeMorney was hawt.
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Male 287
profworm
Here is one to add to your list:

Godhead The origin of suffering
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSvNStw8MNg
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Male 5,341
profworm Here is the granddaddy of them all for you Gloomy Sunday - The Hungarian Suicide Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55FP1LfkkVQ

Sunday is gloomy,
My hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows
I live with are numberless
Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of
Sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought
Of ever returning you
Would they be angry
If I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday,
With shadows I spend it all
My heart and I
Have decided to end it all
Soon there'll be candles
And prayers that are said I know
Let them not weep
Let them know that I'm glad to go
Death is no dream
For in death I'm caressing you
With the last breath of my soul
I'll be blessing you

Gloomy Sunday
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Male 10,232
trimble Just a few suggestions:

This Night - Black Lab
   Wish I was too dead to care
   If indeed I cared at all

Sober - Tool
Bother - Stone Sour
Creepy Doll - Jonathan Coulton

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Male 2,015
profworm Try "why worry" by Dire Straits.  It was a song a friend of mine would listen to, as pert of her recovery from each incident.
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Male 10,232
punko Try "why worry" by Dire Straits

Nice choice.  Also enjoyed "Iron Hand".  It's somewhat sad. It even shocked the Queen.
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Male 15
Probably my favorite song of all times. Scary to know that Luka is a real human being.  
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Male 885
I've always had a weakness for songs about abuse.

I'm not going to go into too much detail about my father, but when he passed it was just... A thing to deal with. I figured maybe I'd cry one day, but I honestly don't have any emotions left to spare for him. Good or bad.

He just wanted everyone to know one thing... That he forgave me. Even after everything, he still found one more way to make me the bad guy.

Kids should be afraid of the monster under the bed. Not the one down the hall.
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Male 287
Never heard that song before, such a powerful song. Kinda reminds me of another song by Martina McBride called Concrete Angel. Similar premise about abuse. No child should know what abuse is. Surviving  abuse is one of the harshest reality a child has to deal with as they grew into the world. 

  Damn those ninja's cutting onions. 
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Male 10,070
tinfoilhatsociety I'm so glad you liked it! Here's something you might find interesting: a letter of appreciation for the song Prince wrote to Vega.

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