"The brilliance is that the listener gets to decide what the four-letter poem actually is. Some automatically assume it's an obscenity--others imagine it's love.". it's not really for the listener to decide unless they don't know the story behind the song. but I prefer to think of it being "love" myself nonetheless. PS: the live version is waaaay superior!
I've always assumed the word was "love" and will try my best to continue to. I have no issue with profanity and use it myself all the fucking time, but this song had such an innocence before I found out what it was really about. XD