What is that song, "Iko Iko " about?

Grandmas threatening to burn each others flags? What EXACTLY is this song about?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Very interesting info in the link below...

    Iko Iko" is a much-covered New Orleans song that tells of a parade collision between two "tribes" of Mardi Gras Indians. The lyrics are derived from Indian chants and popular catchphrases. The song, under the original title "Jock-A-Mo", was written in 1953 by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford in New Orleans, but has spread so widely that to popular belief, it is commonly assumed to be a much older folk song.

    The story tells of a "spy boy" or "spy dog" i.e. a lookout for one band of Indians encountering the "flag boy" or guidon carrier for another band. He threatens to set the flag on fire.

    The lyrics of the song have been the subject of much conjecture, though no conclusive evidence exists that can support a claim of an African or Native American language origin. Similarly, while the lyrics of the song are believed to be based on Louisiana Creole French language, no authoritative translation of the song's words has ever been offered. The song's origin is traced to the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, who were the source of the original lyrics and subject matter of a song composed in 1953 by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford called "Jock-a-mo." Crawford set phrases shouted 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 & Checkers Records President Lloyd Price, who misspelled it as "Jock-a-mo" for the record's release. [1]

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The lyrics of the tune are centered on Louisiana Creole French. The word Iko Iko could have been derived from a number of of the languages of Gambia, probably from the word Ago!, that means "concentrate!" or "concentration!". The line from the refrain, Yock-a-mo feen-o and-dan-day echoes the long-established name amidst Creole palaver.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    this is what happens when people use too many drugs, they write songs that make no sense

    "i am the walrus" is a classic example

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