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Iko, Iko – by the Dixie Cups – 1965

I had to sneak this one in FAST – Mardi Gras is coming up FAST. This song was recorded in 1965 by the Dixie Chicks- so it goes on the 60’s & 70’s Page, it is simple 2 chord song – so it goes on the Level 1-2 Solo list, and should be put on your play list!

Learn the words! I have the kids here at my studio singing it all the time – I teach them how to play only their chords and accompany themselves SINGING! – SOO this can turn into a chord exercise TOO!!! HINT HINT!

About the Song:

The song is regularly performed by artists from New Orleans such as the Neville Brothers, Larry Williams, Dr. John, The Radiators, Willy DeVille, Buckwheat Zydeco, Irma Thomas and Zachary Richard, and can often be heard on the streets and in the bars of New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras.

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”.

Read so much more about the song on Wikipedia – tells the history of the words and the copyright fight between the composer and the Dixie Chicks!