Poison Ivy

Album: Greatest Hits (1959)
Charted: 15 7
  • She comes on like a rose but everybody knows
    She'll get you in Dutch
    You can look but you better not touch

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you're sleepin'
    Poison 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 under your skin

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you're sleepin'
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin' around

    Measles make you bumpy
    And mumps'll make you lumpy
    And chicken pox'll make you jump and twitch
    A common cold'll fool ya
    And whooping cough'll cool ya
    But poison ivy, Lord'll, make you itch

    You're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion
    You'll be scratchin' like a hound
    The minute you start to mess around

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you're sleepin'
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin' around

    Measles make you bumpy
    And mumps'll make you lumpy
    And chicken pox'll make you jump and twitch
    A common cold'll fool ya
    And whooping cough'll cool ya
    But poison ivy, Lord'll make you itch!!

    You're gonna need an ocean of calamine lotion
    You'll be scratchin' like a hound
    The minute you start to mess around

    Poison ivy, poison ivy
    Late at night while you're sleepin'
    Poison ivy comes a-creepin' around

    La da la da la da
    La da la da la da
    La da la da la da
    La da la da la da

Comments: 5

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 4th 1959, Dick Clark's 'Caravan of the Stars of 1959' appeared at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit...
    One of the acts to appear were the Coasters; at the time their "Poison Ivy" was at #54 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, a little over five weeks later on October 12th it peaked at #7 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 16 weeks...
    Frankie Avalon was also on the bill; and earlier in 1959 his "Venus" was at #1 for five weeks, and for three of those weeks the Coasters' "Charlie Brown" was at #2.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyBetween May 1957 & August 1959 The Coasters charted seven time and made the Top Ten six times; Searchin' {#3}, Young Blood {#8}, Idol With the Golden Head {#64}, Yakety Yak {#1}, Charlie Brown {#2}, Along Came Jones {#9}, and Poison Ivy {7}...
  • Joel from Lawrence, KsThere was also a made for television film starring Michael J Fox called Poison Ivy. Uma Thurman also played Poison Ivy in a Batman and Robin film.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumA very good song of super writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
  • Harold from San Bernadino, CaI thought the Stones did a pretty good version of this one as well.
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