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Dixie Cups - Iko Iko (Chord)
Submitter: aussief (82) on 6/14/13 1 comment
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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 in 1953 by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford 
in New Orleans. The story tells of a "spy boy" (i.e. a lookout for one 
band of Indians) encountering the "flag boy" or guidon carrier for another
 "tribe." He threatens to "set the flag on fire."

Crawford set phrases chanted by Mardi Gras Indians to music for the song.
 Crawford himself states that he has no idea what the words mean, and that
 he originally sang the phrase "Chock-a-mo," but the title was misheard by 
Chess Records and Checker Records president Leonard Chess, who misspelled it
 as "Jock-a-mo" for the record's release.(1)

"Jock-a-mo" was the original version of the song "Iko Iko" recorded by 
The Dixie Cups in 1965. Their version came about by accident. They were 
in a New York City studio for a recording session when they began an 
impromptu version of "Iko Iko," accompanied only by drumsticks on studio ashtrays.

"We were just clowning around with it during a session using drumsticks 
on ashtrays," said Dixie Cup member Barbara Hawkins. "We didn't realize
 that Jerry and Mike had the tapes running." Session producers Leiber and 
Stoller added bass and drums and released it.

D                                                  A
My grand-ma and your grand-ma were sit-tin' by the fire. 
A                                                            D
My grand-ma told your grand-ma: "I'm gon-na set your flag on fire."

D                                                 A
Talk-in' 'bout, Hey now ! Hey now ! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
A                                         D
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né
D
Look at my king all dressed in red I-ko, I-ko, un-day. 
  A                                                         D
I bet-cha five dol-lars he'll kill you dead, jock-a-mo fee na-né
 D                                                A
Talk-in' 'bout, Hey now ! Hey now ! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
A                                          D
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

D                         
My flag boy and your flag boy were
                 A
Sit-tin' by the fire. - My flag boy told
                                             D
Your flag boy: "I'm gon-na set your flag on fire."

D                                                A
Talk-in' 'bout, Hey now ! Hey now ! I-KO, I-KO, un-day
A                                          D
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né
D                                                A
See that guy all dressed in green? I-KO, I-KO, un-day.
A                                                       D
He's not a man, he's a lov-in' ma-chine Jock-a mo fee na-né

D                                               A
Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
A                                          D
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né 

D                                               A
Talk-in` `bout, hey now! Heynow!! I-ko, I-ko  un-day
A                                          D
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-ne, jock-a-mo fee na-nee.

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Nice job. KK.
-kraziekhat | 6/15/2013
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