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 chart, Billboard Hot 100 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".
The song also makes references to other flowers such as a
rose and a daisy.
Cover versions [ edit ]
The Dave Clark Five – 1963. It was released as part of an E.P. 
The Paramounts – as both a single (1963) and as part of a E.P. (released 1964). The single version got to #35 on the U.K Charts.  
The Rolling Stones recorded two different versions in 1963, the first version appeared on the EP , released early 1964. The second version appeared on a 1972 compilation of the Rolling Stones called The Rolling Stones . More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) 
Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs – Australia #1/1964. It famously kept The Beatles from the #1 spot on the Sydney charts at the very moment that the group was making its first and only tour of Australia—a feat which resulted in Thorpe being invited to meet the Fab Four at their hotel. 
The Hollies released a version in 1963 on their first Australian LP.
The Kingsmen released a version on their album in 1966. 15 Great Hits
Manfred Mann – B-side of the 1966 single "You Gave Me Somebody to Love"
Redbone released a version in 1972 on their album . Already Here
The Lambrettas – 1980. Their version reached #7 in the British charts.
The Romantics – on the 1985 album, . Rhythm Romance
Linda McCartney – recorded the song in 1987 and her cover was released on her posthumous album in 1998. Wide Prairie
Young & Restless – 1988
The Nylons – recorded a version in 1988 for the soundtrack. Stealing Home
Ian Gillan & The Javelins played it in the '60s, then reunited and recorded it for the Sole Agency and Representation album in 1994.
Hanson – on their 1995 album . Boomerang
Meshell Ndegeocello – 1997, with slightly altered lyrics. Her cover was included on the soundtrack, in which Batman & Robin Poison Ivy the villainess, is a main character.
Los Straitjackets – in 2007 released a Spanish-language cover of the song titled "La Hiedra Venenosa," on their album . Rock en Español, Vol. 1
Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters – on their 2008 album Boogaloo.
The Lords Los Rebeldes del Rock – a Mexican band formed in 1957 by
African- Mexican singer Johnny Laboriel. Version in Spanish, "La Hiedra Venenosa", released on EP (Orfeon, 1964).
Golden Boys – in Portuguese, as "Erva Venenosa", in 1965.  Covered by Brazilian pop band Herva Doce in 1982, and Rita Lee on her album 3001 in 2000. Los Flippers, a
Colombian rock and roll band of the 1960s, recorded a version in Spanish called "El Melenudo". Bleached (band) Covered the song for their 2014 EP 'For The Feel'
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