Thursday, April 10, 2008

4/11: A Momentous Occasion

"I could never do that," murmured Flounder, wide-eyed.
"Sure you could," Bluto said encouragingly. "Why not?"
"I've never been able to throw up, even when I was sick." Flounder looked very worried.
Bluto threw a comradely arm around his shoulders."Mark my words, Flounder: before you leave the Delta House you'll be booting like a pro."

Well, George W. was supposedly a Delta, although not a member of Delta Tau Chi, the fraternity immortalized in "Animal House". But, since George was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon - and thus a Delta - I'd like to think that the roving band of criminals in the White House and the rest of the Administration would act like the Delta house, who have "booted" all over our country, and would like to belt out a chorus for International "Louie, Louie" Day.

This song, the lyrics of which are quoted below, has an immense history, including a 31-month investigation by the Effa-Bee-Eye, and anyone who has been to college (or who has been even the most slightly hip over the past 20 years, has tried their hand at singing the lyrics - sober or drunk - has heard it). I'm not sure what some folks think about the lyrics, but after all this time, I'm willing to believe it's a song about a lonely sailor trying to get home to see his lady. And the fact that approximately 1500 versions of the song have been recorded kind of skews my mind to the idea that it's not a subversive song out to "destroy the fabric of America."

So, in honor of the day, here's the lyrics, as best they can be compiled (but get a beer or some Purple Jesus punch first):

The Kingsmen (1955)

Louie Louie Lyrics


Louie Louie, oh no
Me gotta go
Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said
Louie Louie, oh baby
Me gotta go

Fine little girl waits for me
Catch a ship across the sea
Sail that ship about, all alone
Never know if I make it home


Three nights and days I sail the sea
Think of girl, constantly
On that ship, I dream she's there
I smell the rose in her hair.


Okay, let's give it to 'em, right now!


See Jamaica, the moon above
It won't be long, me see me love
Take her in my arms again
Tell her I'll never leave again


Let's take it on outa here now
Let's go!!


Demeur said...

Thank you for presenting my official state song :)
Have you seen Dean Wormer around?

SweaterMan said...

We shouldn't have any trouble finding the Dean; after all, he's under "double-secret" probation.