Does the song “Louie Louie” contain dirty lyrics?

Generations of fans and enemies of rock and roll have thought that it does, but in all probability it does not.

The original song as written and recorded by Richard Berry in 1956 has tame lyrics about longing to see a certain girl while sailing across the Caribbean Sea.

However, in the hit version by the Kingsmen of Portland, Oregon, in 1963, the lyrics are so blurred that listeners can make it mean anything they want.

Rumors of obscene lyrics sparked an official investigation in 1963, but the FCC reported that it “found the record to be unintelligible.”

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