Louie Louie Banned Again??

  1. Urban legends die hard . . . . one of my favorite songs, banned for raunchy lyrics . . . which don't exist . ..


    http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/2230625404

    Song "Louie Louie" Banned From School Event

    May 5, 2005 1:05 p.m. EST


    By Benton Harbor, MI (AHN) - It's one of the most recorded songs in history, but some education officials says it's the wrong song for their school.

    Citing what she calls raunchy lyrics, Benton Harbor Superintendent Paula Dawning is prohibiting the McCord Middle School band from performing "Louie Louie" at Saturday's Grand Floral Parade.

    Dawning wrote a letter to students saying the song was inapporpriate even though the band will only play the music and not sing the words to the tune.

    Critics of the decision say its too late for the band to learn another song and are asking for Dawning to reconder her decision. Dawning says if enough parents say they are comfortable with it, she may change her mind.

    She says, "It was not that I knew at the beginning and said nothing. I normally count on the staff to make reliable decisions. I found out because a parent called, concerned about the song being played."

    Eighth-grade student Laurice Martin says, "It's very stressful for us to try to come up with new songs for the band. We're trying to learn the songs from last year, but some of us weren't in the band last year."

    After spending two year investigating the lyrics to the song, the FBI declared the words were not only not obscene, but "unintelligible at any speed."

    Written in 1956 by Richard Berry, the most notorious and popular version of "Louie Louie" was in 1963 by the Kingsmen***********************



    Louie, Louie,
    me gotta go.
    Louie, Louie,
    me gotta go.
    A fine little girl, she wait for me;
    me catch a ship across the sea.
    I sailed the ship all alone;
    I never think I'll make it home

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

    Me see Jamaica moon above;
    It won't be long me see me love.
    Me take her in my arms and then
    I tell her I never leave again.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   SharonH, RN
    Well gosh why not? If the current trend in society today is to force other people to bend to our own individual moral beliefs, then isn't it only natural that we would ban a song that isn't even raunchy? Legislators have introduced laws prohibiting "suggestive" cheerleading routines, laws regulating how kids wear their pants, laws prohibiting divorce for a set amount time, and the only natural progression is to start banning books and songs again. Get with the times, Steph!
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    Well gosh why not? If the current trend in society today is to force other people to bend to our own individual moral beliefs, then isn't it only natural that we would ban a song that isn't even raunchy? Legislators have introduced laws prohibiting "suggestive" cheerleading routines, laws regulating how kids wear their pants, laws prohibiting divorce for a set amount time, and the only natural progression is to start banning books and songs again. Get with the times, Steph!
    Nope, I think I'll NOT get with the times Sharon

    This knee-jerk reaction to something just reminds me of how gullible people are and how they won't stop and actually do a bit of research first.

    Reminds me of an incident about 10 years ago where a woman stood up in our church and said we needed to boycott Proctor and Gamble because their president supported satanic causes, which was reported on a Donahue show. sigh . . . . I just cringed and pointed out that the rumor was untrue, the president of P&G was NEVER on Donahue, they don't support satanic causes . . . . and I then got the info to back it up.

    This happens with folks of every political stripe . .. just not taking the time to research. It happens here at times on allnurses. Thank goodness for SNOPES.

    Louie, Louie . . .me gotta go now . . . :Melody:

    steph
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    We had a similar controversy here about 5-6 years ago when our oldest son was in middle-school band: they had learned to play the song "Tequila", which as anyone over a certain age knows, is entirely instrumental except for the shouting of the word "Tequila!" at several points during the song. Well, again, a handful of parents complained that the song "glorified alcohol use", as they put it, and the ensuing argument not only threw the entire school district into disarray, it even made the national news. :stone

    To make a long story short, after a couple of months of debate, the school administration finally allowed the band to play the song.......only instead of shouting "TEQUILA!" they were supposed to yell the name of the school. Needless to say, there was a lot of grumbling....not only among the kids, who felt silly shouting "MEMORIAL!" during a jazz piece, but also among the vast majority of district parents, who know there's a HUGE difference between saying the word "Tequila" and lying in a back alley in Ensenada drowning in it. The song ended up being taken out of the band's repertoire entirely the following year, as no one wanted to go through all that again.

    Personally, I hate it when a vocal minority makes a big deal out of something so innocuous.......I grew up with that song, never thought a thing of it except I liked the beat and could dance to it. It's a long reach from "da-da-da-da-da-da-da.....TEQUILA!" to "OMG, my kid heard the word 'tequila', now he's gonna want to experiment with it and he'll end up becoming an alcoholic and drop out of life and ruin his health and totally destroy our reputation (which is really what they're worried about when it comes down to where the cheese binds)!!"
  6. by   fab4fan
    For the love of Mike! Perhaps they'd prefer the band play "Baby Got Back."

    Can someone explain to me just where the raunchy part of "Louie Louie" occurs?
    Personally, I think those parents need to get their minds out of the gutter, if they can take that song and turn it into something indecent.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from fab4fan
    For the love of Mike! Perhaps they'd prefer the band play "Baby Got Back."

    Can someone explain to me just where the raunchy part of "Louie Louie" occurs?
    Personally, I think those parents need to get their minds out of the gutter, if they can take that song and turn it into something indecent.
    fab - it has been a controversial song since the 60's.

    Check out the link below to see how some folks changed the lyrics to say something else . . . kinda funny actually.

    http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/louie.htm

    The real lyrics are not raunchy.

    steph
  8. by   mercyteapot
    This principal needs to develop two things- first, the sense to check things out before making rash decisions- "oh, a couple parents don't like it so I'm banning it", and second, some backbone, so that her decisions will mean something and she's not bending this way and that depending on how many parents align on each side of a given issue.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mercyteapot
    This principal needs to develop two things- first, the sense to check things out before making rash decisions- "oh, a couple parents don't like it so I'm banning it", and second, some backbone, so that her decisions will mean something and she's not bending this way and that depending on how many parents align on each side of a given issue.
    That is the real crux of this story . . . .

    steph
  10. by   fab4fan
    Quote from stevielynn
    fab - it has been a controversial song since the 60's.

    Check out the link below to see how some folks changed the lyrics to say something else . . . kinda funny actually.

    http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/louie.htm

    The real lyrics are not raunchy.

    steph
    Uhm...I get that. Give me a little credit, please. (I guess I need to preface certain posts with "WARNING: Sarcasm Alert!")
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Perhaps that group needs a dose of The 2 Live Crew if they want a definition of 'raunchy'.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from fab4fan
    Uhm...I get that. Give me a little credit, please. (I guess I need to preface certain posts with "WARNING: Sarcasm Alert!")
    As with anything written without being able to see someone's face, it can be open to interpretation.

    I was answering your question, that's all.

    "Can someone explain to me just where the raunchy part of "Louie Louie" occurs?"

    I had seen on the snopes site that people had actually written raunchy lyrics but the original lyrics were not raunchy. I was merely trying to answer your question. No offense intended at all.

    steph
  13. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from stevielynn
    fab - it has been a controversial song since the 60's.

    Check out the link below to see how some folks changed the lyrics to say something else . . . kinda funny actually.

    http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/louie.htm

    The real lyrics are not raunchy.

    steph
    It is funny. When the song came out my class was dissectinf ascaris nematode intestinal worms parasitic to horses.

    I absent mindedly sang:
    Louie Louie
    Whoa oh oh
    A nematode

    http://www.barc.usda.gov/psi/nem/what-nem.htm
  14. by   Thunderwolf
    They worry about this? Listen to the radio...our kids are exposed to much worse things. Even on the radio, the kids can easily figure out the bleeped words THAT ARE RAUNCHY. Good Lord....let the kids play Louie, Louie.

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