Iko Iko

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"Iko Iko" () is a much-covered New Orleans song that tells of a parade collision between two tribes of Mardi Gras Indians and the traditional confrontation. The song, under the original title "Jock-A-Mo", was written and released in 1953 as a single by Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters but it failed to make the charts. The song first became popular in 1965 by girl group The Dixie Cups, who scored an international hit with "Iko Iko". In 1967, as part of a lawsuit settlement between "Sugar Boy" James Crawford and the Dixie Cups, the trio were given part songwriting credit for the song. In 1972, Dr. John had a minor hit with his version of "Iko Iko". The most successful charting version in the UK was recorded by Scottish singer Natasha England who took her 1982 version into the top 10. "Iko Iko" became an international hit again twice more, the first being the Belle Stars in June 1982 and again with Captain Jack in 2001.  


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1983
80 Views

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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

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

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