Iko-Iko
Hans Zimmer Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The song "Iko-Iko" was originally a New Orleans traditional song, but has been adapted and covered by various artists throughout the years, including the version by Hans Zimmer. The opening lines of the song reference two grandmothers sitting by the fire with one grandmother telling the other that she plans to set her flag on fire. This can be interpreted as a form of rivalry or conflict between the two families these grandmothers represent. The phrase "I-ko, I-ko, un-day" and "jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né" are forms of call and response, common in African American music traditions, and add to the infectious and celebratory feel of the song.


The song then goes on to describe the king dressed in red, and another man dressed in green, with the latter being described as a "lovin' machine". The repeated use of "I-ko, I-ko, un-day" and "jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né" throughout the song contributes to its catchy and upbeat rhythm. Overall, the song seems to celebrate African American music and culture, with its use of traditional call and response techniques, and references to colorful characters and rivalries.


Line by Line Meaning

My grand-ma and your grand-ma were sit-tin' by the fire.
Two grandmothers sitting beside the warm fire


My grand-ma told your grand-ma: "I'm gon-na set your flag on fire."
One grandmother jokingly challenging the other to a flag-burning competition


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
Repeating a chant that accompanies the clapping of hands


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
Pointing out a dangerous king and making a bet on his lethality


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."
Two flag bearers teasing each other


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
Commenting on a man who is known for his romantic prowess




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

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Sticks and stones may break your bones

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But man, her looks could kill you, ho, ho

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Azucar mama turnin'

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The sun will rise and blind your eyes

El fuego sigue ardiendo, ho, ho
The fire keeps on burnin', ho, ho

Hey, (hey ahora) ven a mi manera
Hey, (hey now) come my way

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With a azucar azucar mama

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Cómprame una 'sonrisa' que está empacando
Buy me 'smile' that's packin'

Mejor consíguelo mientras puedas
Better get it while you can

Mientras la mamá azucar está temblando, ho, ho
While the azucar mama's shakin', ho, ho

Hey, (hey ahora) ven a mi manera
Hey, (hey now) come my way

Azucar azucar mama
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Ven, ven, no, sa le a le
Come a come a nay sa le a le

Con una mama azucar azucar
With a azucar azucar mam



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CrashFan99

This song actually fits perfectly with the rock climbing somehow!

SpclOps20

You like that? Then you’re gonna love it while snowboarding! 🏂

David R

Agreed

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It's got the south american Andes feels no

Luca Corazza

V. N.

Charlotte Ackerman

This movie is perfection on every level 👏🏻☺️

Jason Schilling

I had never heard this before MI2 but I’ve loved it since. Was the perfect choice for that scene! 😎

Michael Coffey

One of the few remixes done so well I honestly prefer this version. An the cliff scene it was used in was amazing. Even more amazing when you know Tom did it himself. (stunt)

Sankalp Arora

This song shows the movement of a free conscious, like our Ethan Hunt. You feel what like what is stopping you from doing anything you want.

Ryan Robertson

I swear I get this stuck in my head all the time, its kind of annoying, but I can't get enough of it, thanks for uploading.

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