|Single by Suzanne Vega|
|from the album Solitude Standing|
|Suzanne Vega singles chronology|
"Luka" is a song recorded by Suzanne Vega and released as a single in 1987. It remains her highest-charting hit in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vega also recorded a Spanish-language version of the song, featured on the single.
This song was one of the earliest to deal with child abuse. One critic said, "the 'happy' music is a metaphorical denial, making this seem beautiful and serene while discussing something terrible and devastating. It is a wonderful use of tune as a metaphor for how many abuse victims also deny their abuse, and is a profound classic."
The song was originally written about the notorious British peer and missing person John Bingham, the Earl of Lucan, describing his alleged murder of his children's nanny in 1974.
|My name is Lucan|
|There's blood on the basement floor|
|I'm hiding downstairs from you|
|Yes I think you've seen me before|
|If you hear something late at night|
|Some kind of trouble, some kind of fight|
|Just don't ask me what it was|
However, the lyrics were changed to be about an anonymous "Luka" out of fear of a libel suit from Lord Lucan, whose whereabouts were unknown at the time of the song's release. Lucan has since been presumed dead.
This video was directed by Michael Patterson and Candice Reckinge. It was shot over three days, in New York City. The part of Luka was played by actor Jason Cerbone, who was chosen after the directors auditioned more than 90 children for the part.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||9|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||33|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||5|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||26|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||23|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs||48|
During a 2012 episode of BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, Vega revealed that she had written a follow-up to 'Luka', from the point of view of the character as he looked back on his life. The song, titled 'Song of the Stoic', would later feature on her 2014 album Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles'.
- The song was covered by The Lemonheads on their 1989 album, Lick.
- British indie group Easyworld covered the song on the B-side to their 2004 single "'til the day".
- The song was covered in a bossa nova style by Japanese band The Indigo on their 2004 album My Fair Melodies 2.
- Laith Al-Deen covered the song on his 2009 album Session.
- Olivia Ong also covered the song on her eponymous 2010 album.
- Kasey Chambers covered the song on her 2011 album, Storybook.
- Slug interpolated the song in the song "Suzanne Vega" by Felt.
- Writers Write Review
- "Suzanne Vega: Interview". Absolute Radio. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- Family close a chapter in Lord Lucan saga, The Birmingham Post, hosted at highbeam.com, 28 October 1999, retrieved 14 June 2012, (subscription required ())
- "Australian-charts.com – Suzanne Vega – Luka". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Austriancharts.at – Suzanne Vega – Luka" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Suzanne Vega – Luka" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Lescharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Luka" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: V". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Suzanne Vega search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Suzanne Vega – Luka". Top 40 Singles.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Suzanne Vega – Luka". Singles Top 60.
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- Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
- Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
- Hot Latin Songs
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