Louise
The Black Keys Lyrics


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I said Louise, the sweetest girl
I said Louise, the sweetest
She called me to warm Chicago
Down the gulf of Mexico

Now look here, Louise
You know you got to, to be all kind
Can't mind my muddy water, keep it hid
Oh Louise, the sweet
She called me to warm Chicago
Down the gulf

Now look here, Louise
You know I don't be your king
Know you can't mind it, keep it hid
Oh Louise, the sweet




She called me to warm Chicago
Now I'm goin'

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Black Keys' song Louise paint a picture of a woman named Louise who is described as sweet. The singer is speaking directly to her and mentioning that she called him to warm Chicago, implying that the two have some sort of connection or relationship. However, there are also hints of conflict and tension in the lyrics. The singer tells Louise that she needs to be kind and not mind his muddy water, which could be interpreted as a reference to his flaws or past mistakes. He also tells her that he cannot be her king, suggesting that she may have had certain expectations or demands.


Overall, the lyrics to Louise convey a sense of complexity and nuance in a relationship. While there is love and affection, there is also a recognition of flaws and limitations. The use of the line "the sweetest girl" throughout the lyrics also adds a layer of irony, as it contrasts with the underlying tensions and conflicts.


Line by Line Meaning

I said Louise, the sweetest girl
I referred to Louise as the kindest girl


I said Louise, the sweetest
Again, I reiterated how sweet Louise is


She called me to warm Chicago
Louise invited me to come to Chicago and brought me warmth


Down the gulf of Mexico
We then travelled to the Gulf of Mexico together


Now look here, Louise
I then addressed Louise directly


You know you got to, to be all kind
I implored Louise to always remain kind


Can't mind my muddy water, keep it hid
I asked Louise not to judge me for my past and to keep it hidden


Oh Louise, the sweet
Here, I once again express how sweet Louise is


You know I don't be your king
I then informed Louise that I will not be her king, or the person who is always in charge


Know you can't mind it, keep it hid
I then reminded Louise not to judge me for my past and to keep it hidden


Oh Louise, the sweet
Again, I express how sweet Louise is


She called me to warm Chicago
I remind listeners that Louise brought warmth into my life


Now I'm goin'
The song then ends with me leaving or moving on from Louise and Chicago.




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Written by: Fred McDowell

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Kubilay Önel

[Verse 1]
I said, Louise
The sweetest girl
I said, Louise
The sweetest girl
She called me to warm Chicago
Down the Gulf of Mexico

[Verse 2]
Now look here Louise, you know you got to
To be your kin
Came right over and you wanna
Keep it hid, oh Louise
The sweetest
She called me to warm Chicago
Down the gulf

[Verse 3]
Now look here Louise, you know I don't
Be your kin
No, you came right over
Keep it hid
Oh Louise, the sweet
She called me to warm Chicago
Now I’m goin'



Aleksandar Kostic

(originally by Mississippi Fred McDowell)

I said Louise, the sweetest girl I know
I said Louise, the sweetest girl
She called me to warm Chicago
Down the gulf of Mexico

Now look here Louise
You know you got to be all kind
Can't mind my muddy water, keep it hid
Oh Louise, the sweet
She called me to warm Chicago
Down the gulf

Now look here Louise
You know I don't be your king
Know you can't mind it, keep it hid
Oh Louise, the sweet
She called me to warm Chicago
Now I'm goin'



All comments from YouTube:

Nick Randall

I love how The Black Keys always come back to this old school blues. This new material could just as easily be some of their stuff from 15 years ago and I think that's fucking great

Nick Randall

@Mike Russell I do now!

Mike Russell

You do realize it’s a cover album

Richie Gross

11 months ago today, my 8-yr old dog named Louise passed away far too soon. We live in the Chicago burbs. I miss her every day. Thank you, Black Keys, from the bottom of my heart, for this beautiful song!

Naomi

I didn’t read the word dog, still just as heart breaking, but i thought you were talking about a child 😭

Patrick

@Richie Gross its actually a Mississippi Fred McDowell song

Jérôme Bachand

Sorry for you're loss man what a coincidence a friend of mine lost his 11yo cat and this album help him too! music for the soul, drink to the dead 🍻

Damián Rojas

@Richie Gross never better said, I hope this song helps ease your pain and brings back the best memories. and I'm sorry for my english, it's very bad...

Richie Gross

@Damián Rojas thanks, it’s never easy but that little baby had a special way of worming her way into your heart. All the pain of losing them is just a reflection of the love they gave us.

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Zayb

this band has aged like fine wine

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