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I Wonder Why ... ?
Why is "Louie Louie" Washington's theme song?
In the 1980’s, the Washington State Legislature considered making it the official state song. The measure failed, but “Louie Louie” is still listed on government websites as the “unofficial” state rock song.
Sure it’s got a good beat and it’s easy to dance to, but is a song about a Jamaican sailor longing for his girl really the best tune to represent Washington State?
How did this classic party song become so much a part of our cultural DNA, anyway?