Louie Louie

“Louie Louie” is an American rhythm and blues song written by Richard Berry in 1955 and best known for the 1963 hit version by the Kingsmen. It has become a standard in pop and rock, with hundreds of versions recorded by different artists. The song was originally written and performed in the style of a Jamaican ballad. It tells, in simple verse–chorus form, the first-person story of a Jamaican sailor returning to the island to see his lady love.

A     D      Em D     A          D  Em  D
Louie Louie, oh baby, we gotta go. 
A     D      Em D     A          D  Em  D
Louie Louie, oh baby, we gotta go. 

  A    D         Em         D                       
A fine girl, who waited for me. 
  A       D     Em        D                       
I catch a ship across the sea. 
  A          D    Em   D                       
I sailed the ship all alone. 
  A        D              Em      D                       
I wondered when I'm gonna make it home. 


      A          D      Em         D                           
Three nights and days I sailed the sea. 
  A            D    Em      D                       
I think of the girl constantly. 
A      D       Em        D                       
On the ship, I dream she there. 
  A         D           Em     D                       
I smell the rose that's in her hair. 

  A     D      Em    D                       
I see Jamaican moon above. 
A       D        Em       D                       
See the girl I'm thinking of.
  A        D     Em       D                       
I take her in my arms and then 
A        D     Em     D                       
Say I'll never leave again. 

Louie Louie.mp3

Style: ExperiMental Reggae Music
Recording: digital 1-track stereo / recorded live

Vocals, Guitar

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