We Were This Close to Having the Best State Song EVER

:::For Song Lyric Sunday: For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams’ has given us the options of selecting songs about towns, cities, counties, states, or countries. I’ve chosen to share Washington States ” Unofficial ” state song:::

Louie, Louie was written in 1955, by Doo Wop musician, Richard Berry.

Louie Louie is a song about a man at a bar telling the bartender how he was going to sail to Jamaica to find his true love.

It’s a fun song and it has quite a history.

It was investigated J Edgar Hoover’s FBI because the lyrics were supposed to be obscene. The truth is it’s sort of hard to understand the lyrics so people were bound to hear things that they wanted to hear or liked to hear.

Personally, I thought that the right was to sing it was to slur the words like you had been drinking and to add a bit of zip you  attempt at a Jamaican accent.

Then in 1984 a local comedy Tv  show led the effort  to make ” Louie Louie” our Official State Song. I’m sorry to say that effort was not successful.

But I did my part to promote it till the end  because  back when I was in elementary school our music class was supposed to sing our state song ” Washington My Home” at the school assembly.

We spent weeks, upon  weeks learning it.

I really came to hate that song during that time and when I came down with the flu and had missed the assembly and I was in the bathroom with my head above the toilet  throwing UP  everything in me except for possible a kidney and a couple of fillings from my back teeth up I remember thinking, ” At least I don’t have to sing that stupid song. ”

So here it is, Washington States Unofficial State song:

The Kingsmen – Louie Louie Lyrics

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!

 

A great article: When ‘Louie, Louie’ almost became Washington’s state song.

4 thoughts on “We Were This Close to Having the Best State Song EVER

    • Ha! My parents taught it to me and by the 1960’s early 70’s standards they were ‘squares’.
      They did each have great taste is popular music. Different styles though. It made for an interesting record collection and they were always very open to new styles as we were growin up.

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