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"I and Love and You" (often abbreviated I&L&Y) was the first single from The Avett Brothers' 2009 album I and Love and You and is the first song on the album. It also appears on 2009's Live, Volume 3 and 2015's Live, Vol. Four.

It was first performed at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on May 16, 2009. The song, aided by Rick Rubin's label, helped The Avett Brothers reach widespread fame and may be considered their signature song.

The song features Scott Avett on lead vocals with Seth Avett on piano, Joe Kwon on cello, Bob Crawford on upright bass. The album version of the song features Simone Felice on drums, Lenny Castro on percussion and Benmont Tench on harmonium organ and a Hammond B-3.

VideoEdit

"I and Love and You" Official Music Video

"I and Love and You" Official Music Video

LyricsEdit

Load the car and write the note
Grab your bag and grab your coat
Tell the ones that need to know
We are headed north

One foot in and one foot back
But it don't pay to live like that
So I cut the ties and I jumped the tracks
For never to return

Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I'm in
My hands they shake, my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in

When at first I learned to speak
I used all my words to fight
With him and her and you and me
Oh, but it's just a waste of time
Yeah, it's such a waste of time

That woman, she's got eyes that shine
Like a pair of stolen polished dimes
She asked to dance, I said it's fine
I'll see you in the morning time

Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I'm in
My hands they shake, my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in

Three words that became hard to say
I and love and you
What you were then, I am today
Look at the things I do

Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I'm in
My hands they shake, my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in

Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in
Are you aware the shape I'm in
My hands they shake, my head it spins
Ah Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in

Dumbed down and numbed by time and age
Your dreams to catch the world, the cage
The highway sets the traveler's stage
All exits look the same

Three words that became hard to say
I and love and you
I and love and you
I and love and you

I and Love and You tracksEdit

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Live, Volume 3 tracksEdit

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Live, Vol. Four tracksEdit

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8. "Ten Thousand Words"
9. "Talk on Indolence"
10. "Auld Lang Syne"
11. "The Boys are Back in Town"
12. "I and Love and You"
13. "Slight Figure of Speech"
14. "Happy Trails"