♫ Louie Louie ♫

Tonight’s song, Louie Louie, has a bit of an interesting history.  It was recorded in 1963 by The Kingsmen, and in the same year by Paul Revere and the Raiders.  After the release of the song by The Kingsmen in May 1963, the governor of Indiana, Matthew Welsh, banned the song.  Yes, you heard me right … he banned it!  Why?  He found the lyrics to be ‘pornographic’.

Matthew Welsh

Matthew Welsh

In response, the FBI did an investigation, culminating in a 118-page report that essentially concluded that …

“The recording was hurriedly produced and the technique was poor but the record definitely was not obscene.”

Since both versions are just over 2 minutes and since I wasn’t sure which one you would like best, I include both here … pick one or listen to both …

The Kingsmen:

Paul Revere and the Raiders:

Louie Louie
The Kingsmen

Louie Louie, oh no, you take me where ya gotta go, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby
Louie Louie, oh baby, take me where ya gotta go

A fine little girl, she waits for me
Me catch the ship across the sea
Me sailed the ship all alone
Me never think I’ll make it home

Louie Louie, oh no no no, me gotta go, oh no
Louie Louie, oh baby, me gotta go

Three nights and days I sailed the sea
Me think of girl constantly
On the ship, I dream she there
I smell the rose in her hair

Louie Louie, oh no, me gotta go, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby
Louie Louie, oh baby, me gotta go
Okay, let’s give it to ’em right now

Me see

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

Louie Louie, oh no, me gotta go, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby
Louie Louie, oh baby, me gotta go
I said me gotta go now
Let’s hustle on out of here
Let’s go

Songwriters: Richard Berry
Louie Louie lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

14 thoughts on “♫ Louie Louie ♫

    • I am so glad I hit on one of your favourites! I used to like it, though it was not a favourite, but when I was listening last night, I decided I used to like it better than I do not. But that said, I am with your, I liked Paul Revere and the Raiders far better than the Kingsmen, but in this particular case, the Kingsmen version was much better. Hugs!!!

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  1. Louie Louie was never in my top 10 favorites list. But, Richard Berry’s original version is by far the best of all. Talk about an interesting story of success found, lost and found again…for Berry, this song was it! While it was not considered pornographic in 1957, it might be considered “dirty” as Berry wrote the lyrics down on toilet paper. However, if a prize was to be awarded for most inane lyrics, this is a great contender. Thank-you!

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    • It was never in my top 10 either, but I do remember liking it. I liked it then a lot better than I liked it last night when I listened to both versions in preparation for this post. Still, the song has energy. Thanks for sharing the tidbit about Berry writing the lyrics on toilet paper! 🤣🤣


  2. Ha, ha, I remember some of that. Hilarious. I was young and innocent enough at the time to not even think of bad language in the piece. I just knew I couldn’t understand some of the words. I liked the rhythm though. Thanks for including both versions. 😀 — Suzanne

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