Louie, Louie

Words & Music:

The Kingsmen


Yeah, these are the actual words to the song.  It's hard to believe our tax dollars went to several years of studying this little tune looking for subversive & pornographic lyrics.  But that's what happened when people with overactive imaginations assumed the worst after a teenager with a mouth full of braces sang into an overhead mike in a garage and the result became a one-hit wonder.  Gotta love the '60s.


A   D   Em   D  [riff for whole song]



Louie, Louie.  Oh, no...!

I say, we got to go.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!

I said, Louie, Louie.  Oh, baby...!

Say, we got to go.


A fine little girl, she waits for me.

Me catch a ship across the sea.

Me sail that ship all alone.

Me never know how I'll make it home.




Night and day, we sail the sea.

Me think of girl constantly.

On the ship, I dream she there.

I smell the rose in her hair.






Me see Jamaica & the moon above.

It won't be long, me see my love.

To take her in my arms again.

I'll tell her I'll never leave her then.




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