"Louie Louie" has become a standard in pop and rock, performed by high school marching bands, rock bands, punk bands, you name it.
"Louie Louie" was originally written by Richard Berry in 1955 as a calypso-style ballad, that told in simple verse-chorus form, the story of a Jamaican sailor returning to the island to see his lady. The singer brags of his "fine little girl" to Louie, presumably a bartender.
A jubilant rock and roll version, with little trace of the song's calypso origins, was recorded in 1963 by The Kingsmen and became a national and international hit.
The Kingsmen's lyrics were widely misheard and misinterpreted and became the subject of an FBI investigation about the supposed (but non-existent obscenity) of the lyrics, an investigation that ended without prosecution.
Without further ado ... here is the well-known Kingsmen version:
One by Iggy Pop with some inventive lyrics
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