No More I Love You's

Album: Medusa (1995)
Charted: 2 23
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was written and first released in 1986 by a UK synth-pop duo called The Lover Speaks, which was comprised of instrumentalist Joseph Hughes and singer David Freeman. The got a record deal with A&M thanks in part to Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, who brought them to the attention of producer Jimmy Iovine. Their debut, self-titled album was produced by Iovine, with "No More I Love You's" the first single. It went to #58 in the UK and the group supported the Eurythmics on tour, which is when Annie Lennox came across this song. She released her version as the first single from her second solo album, Medusa, which was comprised entirely of cover songs. Her version was a big hit, rising to #2 in the UK and giving the song its first exposure in America.

    As for The Lover Speaks, they never released another album and broke up in 1988.
  • It's not clear exactly what's going on in this song, and the members of The Lover Speaks (ironically) aren't speaking about it. What is apparent is the intensity of the emotion, as the singer had lost language function, meaning he will no longer utter the words "I love you." It seems he is finally abandoning the relationship, which drove him to madness.


    The original version of this song is sung by a man, David Freeman, with backing vocals by June Miles-Kingston, a singer who was dating the other member of The Lover Speaks, Joseph Hughes. There is no indication of gender in the lyric, so Lennox didn't need to make any changes.
  • After splitting from Eurythmics in 1990, Lennox poured her heart out on her first solo album, Diva, in 1992. Releasing a covers album gave her an emotional respite and more time to spend with her two young children. She blogged in publicity materials for her 2009 greatest hits set: "I absolutely love interpreting other people's songs. This one was written by The Lover Speaks, and is a small piece of genius."
  • Lennox sports another distinctive look in the video, appearing in period garb as some kind of fashion-forward aristocrat from the 1800s. As she luxuriates, men dressed like ballerinas entertain her. It was one of four videos from Medusa that she directed with Joe Dyer.

    "I actually think the video is one of the best I've ever made," she wrote in a blog post. "The scene is set in a late 19th Century French bordello, where strange individuals are playing out some kinds of bizarre fantasies. I'm constantly fascinated by human behavior. We all seem to be wearing certain kinds of masks which cover up a whole bunch of other hidden agendas and existences, especially with regard to sexuality versus romantic love."
  • Lennox won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this song.

Comments: 8

  • Mr. West from GermanyThis is a great song and a very excellent video. Iam from the 80s and grow up with song. Many times i come back to the video and look upon my interpretations. You could interpret this song in so many ways, so i believe it depends on the viewer which mean do he gives to the song. This song comes from the 90s but is a timeless relict which celebrates the facets of humanity, a peak of human art.
  • Preston Alexander from Fall RiverI've watched this mesmerizing music video at least several dozen times...thus far. There's such rich and raw human emotion going on that it has taken me this long to even being to process what this song does for me.

    I will begin by stating the obvious: as a videographer, I find this video enchanting and disturbing at the same time. As a gay man, I also relate to the gender-bending of ballerinas with hairy armpits. Yet the focal point always comes back to Annie Lennox's performance, first as the woman driven to madness as well as the earlier woman shown desperately trying to make sense of the world around her, as seen and heard through the walls.

    I'm convinced that the older, blond male who makes the final appearance, at the end of this video - the one who removes his face mask with a tinge of disdain...he was the lover who drove Lennox to madness. Her demons were like my own, desperately seeking love but finding sex instead - always feeling as though you were the crazy one while your object of adoration gavottes with everyone else, leaving you in pain.

    After enough - and this point of 'enough' is different for everyone...after enough of this, Lennox undergoes a metamorphosis much like a butterfly, but in a sadly neurotic form. No more will she allow herself to give voice to another "I love You" - no more bleeding her heart in order to gain someone's affection. The tragedy is seeing this result and knowing how it happened - a tortured soul that can no longer feel love, no less seek it.

    Meanwhile, all around her is the ongoing parade of life; some laughing, some miserable, some beyond understanding: she has taken her place amongst them all, just another twisted soul. And the older blond man - the one who broke her, moves off stage, exiting her life knowing the game's up. He was the first victim - who knows how he came to be how he is, but Lennox is his victim now, and he realizes that she is no longer available for him to further abuse.

    Years earlier, I'd fallen in love with a schizophrenic. When in his "normal" persona, we had the most incredible times - but he was unstable - at any given moment he could switch into this other person who just so happened to dislike me. I was trapped in a love where I not only cared for him, I feared him, too. And there was nothing I could do to help him - my love was not going to cure him. How does one simply walk away from someone you love? No More I Love You's was what he did to drive me insane...
  • Maria from Newburyport I always loved this song. The song for me is about giving up the ghost. For me the ghost is a dying friendship. It is the point when you just give up the fight hoping someone will change. The monsters are the forces in your mind telling you it’s time to let go. No more I love yous for that friend is gone. I love this song because of my friend Rich. Not because he was a friend I cut ties with but because no matter what that friendship endured. The deeper meaning for me is that we all deserve better (a Rich). This song signifies, for me, letting go. The song is bittersweet and freeing.
  • James from Stratford-upon-avonThis is such a beautiful song. As Mike said it can be interpreted in many ways, and covers a range of emotions. To my mind, it's almost hopeful (or maybe neutral?), describing the ending of being in love. The craziness that you feel when you're in love, the wistfulness you feel when that passes, but also the lack of intensity of feeling, for both better and worse.
  • Mike from Los AngelesThis is one of the most beautiful emotional songs/productions I have ever heard. The video is absolutely stunning. Annie's vocal performance is impeccable. Her range, tone, pitch, and emotion are second to none on this song. Stunning work by all the musicians involved - particularly by producer Stephen Lipson. Incredible detailed work. The fact that it can be interpreted by different listeners differently, and have a direct emotional impact on them is what music and art are all about. Thank you for this song and video to all involved in its making.
  • Lisa from KansasThis song has always been special for me. I lost my dad in 95 to suicide. I used it as a therapist to help me through my loss. It was 3 days before my 21st birthday. I didn't understand what had happened or why. I would take my CD player And listen to the song at his grave everyday. The monsters in the song represented the monsters in my head "angry" at what had happened. Very lost feeling. The no more I love you's meant I would never hear my dad say those words again. He always told me how much he loved me. Eventually every year got better for me. Amazing song that helped me through my one of my darkest moments. Thank you Annie for putting it out there for us :)
  • James from Glendive, MtI will comment. When this song first came out in '86 I never really listened to too much of that kind of music. But I have a friend who did and that's how I knew about it and the band The Lover Speaks. But then when Miss Lennox remade it in '95 I had just gotten out of the Army and it was around that time also that my marriage was dissolving. I do not know what the original band's interpretation of the song is. But for me, it was about each other falling out of love with one another. The Demons/Monsters, for me, represent the PTSD/Depression that I was unknowingly dealing with. So this song was one of the ones that really helped me grieve the loss of that relationship. It wasn't until almost a decade later that I finally got help and diagnosed. I was a Medic in a Combat Support Hospital during the Desert Storm period.
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaI can't believe nobody has commented on this song. The sighing background singers are what really make it beautiful, but the lyrics are great, too. I still hear it on the radio fairly often.
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