Louie Louie – A Brief Analysis

Lyrics by Richard Berry.  Notes by Mike

 

Louie Louie we gotta go(1)

Louie Louie we gotta go

 

A fine little girl waits for me

to catch a ship across the sea

I sail the ship, all alone

I never think, I’ll make it home

 

Louie Louie well, we gotta go

Louie Louie we gotta go

 

Three nights and days I’ll sail the sea

You think a girl, will come for(2) me

Oh on the ship. I dream she’s there

I smell the roses, in her hair.

 

(3)

 

Louie Louie we gotta go

Well, Louie Louie we gotta go

 

The seejamade(4) the moon above

It won’t be long, we’ll be in love

I’ll take her in my arms and then

I’ll tell her I can never leave again

 

Louie Louie well, we gotta go

I say now, Louie Louie, well we gotta go

 

I said, we gotta go.

Well, we gotta go.

 

I said, we gotta go.

Well, we gotta go.

 

1.     Chorus varies widely, but all observed versions seem to include these words.  Transcripted choruses are from Richard Berry version.

2.     “Come for” or “comfort” in Berry version.  Appears to be something completely different in Kingsmen version.

3.     “Let’s give it to ‘em right now” added in many covers here.

4.     Difficult to understand in Berry version.  Sounds like “I see Jamaica” in Kingsmen version

 

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