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