Monday, August 30, 2010

Musical Monday

Yesterday Tina sent me a happy little memory and I thought I'd share it for my Musical Monday today.

We were stopping at her house after school one afternoon and we flipped on the television -- I think to watch a tape of Mission Impossible or Saturday Night Live, since those were two of our favorites -- and Duck Tales (Tina informed me that it was Count Duckula -- sorry!) was playing. However, the audio was still set up for something else and the song Iko Iko as covered by the Belle Stars was on. Normally this isn't anything special, but it was one of those rare happy moments when the phrasing in the song just happened to coincide with the cuts in the show, and it really looked like the show was covering the song. Honestly, I can't hear that song without thinking of that little moment in time.

The story behind this song is actually pretty interesting (and a bit murky, it seems). It's about a Mardi Gras parade collision, where one tribe's "flag boy" threatens to set fire to the flag of the other tribe. It's been covered by a whole mess of artists (including some I didn't know about, like the Neville Brothers & Cyndi Lauper).

Anyway, it's a super catchy little song. Have a happy Monday!

My grandma and your grandma
Sitting by the fire
My grandma says to your grandma
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

Talkin' 'bout
Hey now
Hey now
Iko iko an nay
Jockomo feena ah na nay
Jockomo feena nay

Look at my king all dressed in red
Iko iko an nay
I bet you five dollars he'll kill you dead
Jockomo feena nay

CHORUS:
Talkin' 'bout
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko iko an nay (whoah-oh)
Jockomo feena ah na nay
Jockomo feena nay

My flag boy and your flag boy
Sitting by the fire
My flag boy says to your flag boy
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

(CHORUS)

(bridge)

(hey now)
(hey now)
(hey now)
(hey now)
Jockomo feena nay
Iko!

See that guy all dressed in green
Iko iko an nay
He's not a man, he's a loving machine
Jockomo feena nay

(4x)
Talkin' 'bout
Hey now (hey now)
Hey now (hey now)
Iko iko an nay (whoah-oh)
Jockomo feena ah na nay
Jockomo feena nay

(repeat till fading end)
Jockomo feena nay

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