Catch a ship across the sea

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 8

Creedence_Clearwater_Revival_19681970: CCR releases Lookin Out My Back Door.

Louie Louie Sleeve1963: The Kingsmen, out of Oregon, release Louie Louie. Many radio stations refuse to play the song because the lyrics are indecipherable and so of course must be obscene. What crap. The song is an innocent narrative about a sailor who misses his girl and wants to get back to her. “Louie” of the title is the name of a bartender, to whom the lament is addressed. Here’s the recording, and for those of you still frightened you might be hearing something nasty, the lyrics are reproduced below the video.

 

Louie, Louie

The Kingsmen

Louie Louie, oh no
Sayin’ we gotta go, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Said Louie Louie, oh baby
Said we gotta go

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

Louie Louie, oh no no no
Sayin’ we gotta go, oh no
Said Louie Louie, oh baby
Said we gotta go

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

Louie Louie, oh no
Sayin’ we gotta go, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Said Louie Louie, oh baby
Said we gotta go
Okay, let’s give it to ’em, right now!

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

Louie Louie, oh no
Sayin’ we gotta go, yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Said Louie Louie, oh baby
Said we gotta go

I said we gotta go now
Let’s take this on outta here
Let’s go!

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