"Iko Iko" as written by and Rosa Lee/hawkins Hawkins....
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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"Iko Iko" as written by Sue Werner Kay Werner

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    General CommentDoes anybody know the meaning of this strange but funny song??
    Non June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, check out: offbeat.com/obfebruary2002/… scroll down a bit, among the questions James Crawford (who originally made this song) explains the meaning...
    kevlar_soulon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWasn't another cover of this done by some black lady for the Rain Man soundtrack???
    bkat004on February 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenteveryone has done this song. from the greatful dead to warren zevon to aaron carter. no, seriously.

    it was written as a new orleans mardi gras song about the black indians. "iko" is some crazy cajun shit. means "listen up, fuckers!"

    dead link, by the way. heres the new one. offbeat.com/artman/publish/…
    notthatguysomeoneelseon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe orriginal, I believe, was by "The Dixie Cups", and it was featured in "The Big Easy" for all of two point five seconds or so. It's just a funny song with no specific meaning.
    Red Octoberon December 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about two different Mardi Gras Indian tribes during a parade. It's about a lookout for one tribe running into the flag boy of the other tribe and setting them on fire.

    The original WAS NOT a Dixie Cups original. James Crawford wrote it in the '50's except his was called "Jockamo." There were multiple lawsuits between them and others about the similarity between them.
    MajorAccenton May 01, 2008   Link

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