Monday, April 9, 2012

Song of the Week: Richard Berry - Louie, Louie

Today is day one of our ode to the most important rock-n-roll song ever written, Louie, Louie. We start with the original version. From 1955, on Flip Records, Richard Berry and the Pharaohs perform Berry's original composition. Inspired by calypso beats he heard in a song about Cuba, Berry muses about a love far off across the sea. A love he intends to fulfill.
Louie Louie, me gotta go
Louie Louie, me gotta go
Fine little girl she waits for me
Me catch the ship for cross the sea
I sail the ship all alone
I never think I'll make it home
Three nights and days me 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 moon above
It won't be long, me see my love
Me take her in my arms and then
I tell her I never leave again
The doo-wop, soul number would fly under the radar screen for quite some time. But that would all change in a few years time. But more on that in the coming days.