Poison Ivy (2:46)

Cover of The Ultimate Coasters

From The Ultimate Coasters and 226 other releases

Poison Ivy” is a popular song by American songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It went to #1 on the R&B chart and #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This was their third top-ten hit of that year following “Charlie Brown” and “Along Came Jones”.

The song discusses a girl named Ivy, calling her “Poison Ivy” because of her reputation with men as a player. The song makes references to other flowers such as a rose and a daisy, and diseases like measles, mumps, chickenpox, the common cold, and whooping cough. In a recently published biography about Jerry Lieber & Mike Stoller, the song’s authors, it was revealed that the song’s lyrics are about sexually-transmitted disease, not the illnesses previously thought.


She comes on like a rose,
But everybody knows,
She get you and such.
You can look but you better not touch!

Posion Ivy,
Posion Ivy,
Late at night while your sleepin’,
Posion Ivy comes a creepin’ around.

She’s pretty as a daisy,
But look out man, she’s crazy!
She’ll really do you in.
If you let her get under your skin!

Posion Ivy,
Posion Ivy,
Late at night while your sleepin’,
Posion Ivy comes creapin’ around.

Measles’ make you mumpy and mumps’ will make you lumpy,
And Chicken pox will make you jump and twitch.
The common cold will fool you,
And whooping cough will cool you.

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (227)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
The Coasters - Along Came Jones 3:00 15,318
The Coasters - Run Red Run 3:06 5,835
The Robins - Smokey Joe's Cafe 2:47 6,755
Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City 2:25 20,543
The Diamonds - The Stroll 2:12 24,035
The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9 1:52 26,961

Listening Trend

32,882listeners all time
102,990scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Listening Now

Top Listeners