those three words - more from "Chasing Cars"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Oct 10 10:41:12 UTC 2011

I appreciate all the follow-ups on "lay" and "lie" the other day. I thought I had spent enough time as an adult getting those right, but obviously I still have a ways to go :)

Anyway, listening again to "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, I noticed the phrase "those three words," clearing referring to "I love you" though the word "love" does not appear in the song. (

The use of "those three words" is culturally widespread with the alternative "those three little words." Three other citations where "I love you" is explicitly stated are:

1. "Those Three Words" by Brad (

I Could Have Written a Story
Out of Those Three Words
But As It Stands
My Organ's Pumping Notes
To the Skill of Your Smile
All the While I Ask For Flowers
To Be Placed By Your Cheek
So the Mornin' Is Sweet
The Pleasure Is Close
Tick Tick Tick Tick My Dear
Can't You See?
I Could Have Written a Story
Out of I Love You

2. "Those Three Words" by Pooja (

“Those three words, are said too much, they’re not enough…” [citing "Chasing Cars"]

 Saying I Love You is considered the most difficult thing. 

3. "1-2-3-4" by Plain White T's (

There’s only one thing
To Do
Three words
For you
(I love you) I love you
There’s only one way to say
Those three words 
That’s what I’ll do
(I love you) I love you

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society -

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