The Kingsmen: Louie Louie Meaning
Song Released: 1955
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Louie Louie Lyrics
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
anonymous Mar 15th, 2012 3:45pm report
This is one of the most comically misinterpreted songs of all time. A lot of people have always thought the lyrics were dirty, largely because so few people could ever figure out what the Kingsmen were singing.
Richard Berry wrote a harmless little song about a Jamaican sailor, who's far away from the girl he loves. Right now, he's at a tavern, talking to a bartender named Louie about how much he misses his girl. He's saying, "Bye, Louie, I have to hurry across to ocean, back home to my love."
Berry wrote the lyrics in a sort of pidgin English, and the Kingsmen were a sloppy amateurish band using cheap recording equipment. So, it's small wonder that few people could figure out what they were saying.
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