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Louie


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Rock

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Over the years I've rarely recorded covers, but every once and a while I seem driven to rewrite a song that has always held some kind of appeal. Once I recorded a version of Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" with a dozen different variations on that mouthful of a line. This alternative reading of a classic rocker is an example of that approach to song-writing. I figure if Verdi can re-write Shakespeare .. I can take on the Kingsmen.

In 1963 I was 13-years-old when the Kingsmen version of "Louie Louie" climbed the charts (the song was penned in 1955). Like most other teenage boys of that period, I listened intently and in vain to discover the supposed raunchy lyrics that were hiding behind the driving guitars. That disappointment didn't destroy an everlasting love of the chord sequence. Earlier this year I was diddling around with it and I was talking to my songwriting collaborator Roy Buckley about "Louie Louie" and suggested that, if we were to re-write it, why not dump the lyrical obfuscation and instead tell a lucid account of Louie the Sailor .. and this is what emerged.
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Lyrics
LOUIE [Buckley/Smith]

He was a sailor 
strolling through a port
She was a bar-fly
on her way to court 
When they collided
she started screaming "Tort!"
He checked his wallet
and found that it was twenty dollars short

Aurora borealis
the Great Australian bight
He felt the urge
to see another sight
She lifted her dress
to show him her tattoo
of target triggered bursts
that spelled out "I love you, too."

Jamaican weed
Puerto Rican rum
He smoked like a chimney
and drank like a bum
Cinderella liberty
left no time for fun
She said “Come back baby
I wasn’t quite done”

The Shore Patrol stood laughing
as he crawled across the floor
She came back to life
as he made it to the door
Don'tcha love me baby?
Don'tcha want to stay?
He shrugged his shoulders
and they hauled him away
 
louie, lou-eye, you’re my kind of guy
louie, lou-eye, here’s mud in your eye
Loius, Loius, give us a kiss
louie, lou-eye, it's your turn to buy
Song Stats
Hits: 1232
Comments: 22
Fans: 9
Plays: 42
Downloads: 3
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Oct 03, 2015 - 09:16:42 AM
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2015 - 09:16:42 AM Last Played: Sep 08, 2017 - 09:30:52 AM
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Comments
Daugrin said 747 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Dam guys...
Yer killin' me...

Daug
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Warren Smith said 746 days ago (October 4th, 2015)
Song weapon
"Killing me softly with his song ..."
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DWL said 747 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
It is a cracking chord sequence
This is great! A lovely off the wall take on those all too familiar chords.

Lots going on. Another fun listen from you Warren ;-)

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 746 days ago (October 4th, 2015)
Familiarity
Sometimes you just have to go where the chord sequence take you : )
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Skean said 747 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Louie
Hilarious, thanks for sharing, cheers.
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Warren Smith said 746 days ago (October 4th, 2015)
Make a joyful noise
I'm glad to hear you found the humor in it.
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TobinMueller said 747 days ago (October 3rd, 2015)
Muppet Sailors
This reminded me of something Kermit the Frog and Fozzy might create together, wearing sailor hats and trying to think up reasons not to go in and get a tattoo like the other guys. Love the sense of humor. Thanks for sharing this. Great fun.
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Warren Smith said 746 days ago (October 4th, 2015)
Insider jokes
In my notes I almost wrote "... if Verdi can re-write Shakespeare .. and Tobin Mueller can reimagine John Sebastian Bach .. I can take on the Kingsmen." At the last minute I cut it out as being too much of an inside (MacJams) joke. Of course, now that you commented on the song, I wish I had left it in : )
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Philip18 said 745 days ago (October 5th, 2015)
Louie
Strong chord sequence, entertaining lyrics, engaging production. I like it, Warren!
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Warren Smith said 745 days ago (October 5th, 2015)
Appropriation Rock
Thanks, Philip. Of course, I didn't invent the chord sequence .. just appropriated it.
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bud said 745 days ago (October 5th, 2015)
Great take on a classic
I love the descending lines at the 2:59 mark. The harmonies are priceless and the lyrics are a hoot.
You really got me goin'.
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Warren Smith said 744 days ago (October 6th, 2015)
Letting go
I prefer writing original material, but sometimes rewriting existing pieces presents a fun creative endeavor. I'm slowly getting the hang of harmony .. but that still is a big challenge. As is so often the case, it helps to let go of preconceived ideas of what it should sound like and, well, just letting it go where it wants to go (if that makes any sense).
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PeterB7858 said 745 days ago (October 6th, 2015)
Louie
A girl in every port. And a port in every girl :-) So Louie made it down under (so to speak...). Great fun. Catchy, like lice :-) Thanks, guys.
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Warren Smith said 744 days ago (October 6th, 2015)
Down under
He not only made it to Australia .. but apparently had a good time poking around down there!
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Dean-Resonator said 745 days ago (October 6th, 2015)
Louie
This is another fun effort Warren. All your song are a joy to listen to. Thanks.
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Warren Smith said 744 days ago (October 6th, 2015)
Joy to the world
I'm glad to hear you found joy in listening!
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Bowman said 744 days ago (October 6th, 2015)
Your joy
in reinventing Louie Louie is clear and a heck of a good listen.
Cheers.
Charlie

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Warren Smith said 743 days ago (October 7th, 2015)
Fun times
I'm glad to hear the fun comes through.
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paul f. page said 738 days ago (October 12th, 2015)
How fun..
You have such a unique way to creating music and your vocal delivery is sui generis. No one presents music like you do...and it's always such fun to listen to. I think you have found (in all of your work) such a wonderfully individual voice and manner of expression. Congratulations on being an original.
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Warren Smith said 713 days ago (November 6th, 2015)
Originality
You're much too kind .. but then that is one of your outstanding attributes : )

How to be original .. is a conundrum. It seems to happen best when you quit trying to be original and just let the music flow out of you. Sometimes it works. Other times .. well ...
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tmcfate said 714 days ago (November 5th, 2015)
great
Guitar sound. and your witty take on the past, present and future....Have you moved yet? Nice mix as well..
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Warren Smith said 713 days ago (November 6th, 2015)
Past. Present, Future
Thanks, Tim, for checking out my latest post.

Not yet. Probably sometime in the next calendar year.
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