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Iko Iko
The Belle Stars Lyrics


My grand-ma and your grand-ma
Were sit-tin' by the fire.
My grand-ma told your grand-ma
"I'm gon-na set your flag on fire"

Talk-in' 'bout
Hey now ! Hey now ! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né
Jock-a-mo fee na-né

Look at my king all dressed in red
I-ko, I-ko, un-day
I bet-cha five dol-lars he'll kill you dead
Jock-a-mo fee na-né

Talk-in' 'bout
Hey now ! Hey now ! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né
Jock-a-mo fee na-né

My flag boy and your flag boy were
Sit-tin' by the fire
My flag boy told your flag boy
"I'm gon-na set your flag on fire"

Talk-in' 'bout
Hey now ! Hey now ! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né
Jock-a-mo fee na-né

See that guy all dressed in green?
I-ko, I-KO, un-day
He's not a man
He's a lov-in' ma-chine
Jock-a mo fee na-né

Talk-in' 'bout
Hey now ! Hey now ! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né
Jock-a-mo fee na-né

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Written by: Barbara Anne Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson, Rosa Lee Hawkins

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Joshua Swanson

Looking up the Dr. John version and this crap czme up... Dr. John's version from 1972 is closer the the original spirit of the song originally written and performed by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. The song was called Jock-a-mo. In the 60's the Dixie Cups basically screwed him out of the song by changing the words a little bit, modifying the arrangement somewhat, and titling it Iko Iko instead of Jock-a-mo. Listening to the songs back to back, it's clear that they are the same damn song. They fucked him over. They got credits for it and he only got something like 25% from his own song.

Dr. John's version musically is more faithful to the original Jock-a-mo and lyrically it's more faithful (although slightly modified as well). I respect his version more than any other (other than the original) because he kept the feel of the original, and the lyrics that are different are in the spirit of the original. Most every other version you hear is a cover of The Dixie Cups version with few, if any lyrics changed.

Sample of the Jock-a-mo Lyrics:

My spyboy met your spyboy
Sittin' by the bayou
My spyboy told your spyboy:
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now, Hey now

Look at my queen all dressed in red
Iko iko an de
I bet you five dollars she'll kill you dead
Jock-a-mo fee na ne

Sample of the lyrics The Dixie Cups version:

My grand-ma and your grand-ma
were sit-tin' by the fire. 
My grand-ma told your grand-ma:
"I'm gon-na set your flag on fire."

Look at my king all dressed in red
I-ko, I-ko, un-day. 
I bet-cha five dol-lars he'll kill you dead, jock-a-mo fee na-né

My flag boy and your flag boy
were Sit-tin' by the fire
My flag boy told Your flag boy:
"I'm gon-na set your flag on fire."

Total ripoff.

R.I.P. Dr. John



All comments from YouTube:

Abhimanyu Sharma

Whenever i hear this song, I think of Alan coming down the elevator in a suit.

Giulia Bertolino

Me too :-)

fluorosco

@OnThe Oreo Tom Cruise obviously loves this tune. Two movies

OnThe Oreo

funny i think someone climbing a "mountain"

Kevin Briner

or the movie Rainman which is what the hangover was spoofing.

Demonian1985

Me too😂👍

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SuperCableDawg

This song is about a collision between 2 tribes of Mardi Gras Indians. The song was called Jak a Mo and was first released in 1953 by Sugar Boy and the cane cutters. It didn't even make the charts. It was redone by The Dixie Cups ( all girl band ) and became an international hit in 1967. It was done again by The bell Stars that your watching.

Vader 22

@SkyHawk SH You missed the point. That's a shame.

SkyHawk SH

@Vader 22 "You are watching"... avoid all contractions

jane1975

@Duke Craig Mine was Sailing by Rod Stewart [ 6th of September -27th September 1975 ]. There is another version of Iko Iko used in the movie, The Big Easy.

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