Saturday, May 07, 2005

Crisis averted: Band Allowed To Play "Louie Louie"

A Benton Harbor middle school marching band has gotten permission to perform "Louie Louie" in a parade this weekend. Superintendent Paula Dawning had sent a letter to parents saying the song's allegedly raunchy lyrics makes it inappropriate. Dawning changed her decision after hearing from parents who supported their children playing the song. Richard Berry wrote "Louie Louie" in 1956. It's one of the most recorded songs in history. The best-known, most version was a hit in 1963 for the Kingsmen. The FBI spent two years investigating the lyrics before saying it couldn't understand them.
The REAL Lyrics to "Louie Louie"

Louie Louie, oh no
Me gotta go
Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said
Louie Louie, oh baby
Me gotta go

Fine little girl waits for me
Catch a ship across the sea
Sail that ship about, all alone
Never know if I make it home


Three nights and days I sail the sea
Think of girl, constantly
On that ship, I dream she's there
I smell the rose in her hair.


Okay, let's give it to 'em, right now!


See Jamaica, the moon above
It won't be long, me see me love
Take her in my arms again
Tell her I'll never leave again


Let's take it on outa here now
Let's go!!