Hey Pretty

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"Hey Pretty"
Single by Poe
from the album Haunted
Released 2000
Format CD
Length 3:45
Label Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Poe
Poe singles chronology
"Hey Pretty"

"Hey Pretty" is a song by singer-songwriter Poe. The song in its original version, on her 2000 album Haunted, was a sultry pop rant of a woman seeking sexual satisfaction on any grounds possible. It was remade by having her vocals eliminated and replaced with a reading by her brother, author Mark Z. Danielewski, from his hit book House of Leaves. This new version became a moderate radio hit.

There are at least two different versions. One ends with the line, "Dark Languages Rarely Survive," followed by a woman saying, "Das nicht zu Hause sein" twice. This is German for "Not being at home", a recurring phrase in the book House of Leaves.

The second ending has that line followed by Poe coming back in with the chorus. The video, directed by Matthew Rolston, features erotic imagery of a scantily-dressed Poe washing, driving, and lounging on a vintage car along with a look-alike model with a similar build, hair, and identical outfit. The car scenes are interlaced with shots of Mark Danielewski performing the spoken-word portions of the song, as well as footage of Poe and her look-alike mud wrestling. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the MTV original series Spyder Games.

In January 2009 Ford began using the original version of the song in television commercials.


  1. "Hey Pretty" – 3:53
  2. "Hey Pretty" (Drive-By 2001 Mix) – 3:46


Billboard (United States)

Chart (2001) Peak
Adult Top 40 30
Modern Rock Tracks 13