Poison Ivy (song)

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This article is about the song by The Coasters. For the song by Faster Pussycat, see Wake Me When It's Over.
"Poison Ivy"
Single by The Coasters
B-side "I'm a Hog for You"
Released August 1959
Recorded July 16, 1959
Genre Rock n roll
Length 2:43
Label Atco 45-6146
Writer(s) Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
The Coasters singles chronology
"Along Came Jones"
(1959)
"Poison Ivy"
(1959)
"What About Us"
(1959)

"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, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1] and #15 in the UK. This was their third top-ten hit of that year following "Charlie Brown" and "Along Came Jones".

The song discusses a girl known as "Poison Ivy". She is compared to measles, mumps, chickenpox, the common cold, and whooping cough, but is deemed worse, because "Poison Ivy, lord, will make you itch". According to lyricist Jerry Leiber, "Pure and simple, 'Poison Ivy' is a metaphor for a sexually transmitted disease".[2]

The song also makes references to other flowers such as a rose and a daisy.

Cover versions[edit]

Popular culture references[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 125. 
  2. ^ Leiber and Mike Stoller with David Ritz, Jerry (2009). Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography. Simon & Schuster. p. 141. ISBN 978-1-4165-5938-2. 
  3. ^ "The Dave Clark Five". unknown. c.late 90s-2000s. Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b c Nuttall, Lyn (2000s). "Feature Item - poparchives.com.au - Poison Ivy". Lyn Nuttall. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  5. ^ "The Paramounts". unknown. c.late 90s-2000s. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
Preceded by
"I'm Gonna Get Married" by Lloyd Price
"You Better Know It" by Jackie Wilson
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
October 5, 1959
October 26, 1959 - November 9, 1959
Succeeded by
"Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips with The Twilights
"So Many Ways" by Brook Benton