(alexallan) Thu 11 Sep 03 00:20
Iko Iko w&m: traditional LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/IKOIKO.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 11 Sep 03 00:22
Iko Iko Lyrics: Traditional Music: Traditional Chorus: Hey now (hey now) Hey now (hey now) Iko iko un day Jockomo feeno ah na nay Jockomo feena nay My grandma see your grandpa Sitting by the Bayou My grandma see your granpa Gonna fix your chicken wire [chorus] My spy dog see your spy dog Sitting by the Bayou My spy dog see your spy dog Gonna set your tail on fire [chorus] My little boy see your little boy Sitting by the Bayou My little boy see your little boy Gonna fix your chicken wire [chorus] My grandma see your grandma Sitting by the Bayou My grandma see your grandma Gonna fix your chicken wire [chorus]
Alex Allan (alexallan) Thu 29 Apr 04 19:53
I have a couple of variants to the lyrics noted that I got from other grateful dead lyrics collections. Grateful if anyone can can confirm whether they were sung by Jerry--it's always possible they've been lifted from other versions. Dates would be great. One that is widely quoted is: Well look at that girl all dressed in green She hides a pistol where it can't be seen Another is: My marraine see your parrain (it appears also as "My Marie ..." but "My marraine" is what Dr John sings in his version - from the French word for godmother)
David Gans (tnf) Fri 30 Apr 04 01:27
Yes to marraine, no to pistol, from what I can recall
Melinda Belleville (mellobelle) Fri 30 Apr 04 11:55
I always thought it was 'spy boy'.
AZanimal (zepezauer) Fri 30 Apr 04 17:35
I thought it was 'spy boy' some of the time and 'spot dog' others. Also, Jerry sometimes sang a verse ending with If you don't like what the Big Chief say Just jockomo feena nay Don't remember the first two lines. I believe this appears in some older Nawlins versions.
Christian Crumlish (xian) Mon 3 May 04 09:16
After the Neville collaborations of the late '80s the Dead experimented with some of the verses from the Nevilles' version, as I recall. Bobby, for example, once added the "Meet the boys on the battlefront/The Wild Tchoupitoulas gonna stomp some rump" verse to one show, although at the time and on the tape it sounded kind of like "wild chump chomp, chomp chomp" to me.
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Fri 15 Jan 10 05:27
Interesting post on wikipedia about this song... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iko_Iko
Mike Cowperthwaite (mcow) Sun 19 Oct 14 18:42
I heard a very different take of this song today by Zap Mama. Same basic rhythm, and some lines began with "Hey..." (not Hey Now), but I couldn't hear any other lyrical connection between Zap Mama's and the Dixie Cups / Dead lyrics.
coal will turn to gray (comet) Mon 20 Oct 14 19:32
Zydeco Flames did a stirring Iko at the memorial for Ted Rodden at Rancho Nicasio last night.
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