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POISON IVY - COASTERS - LEIBER - STOLLER - GEORGE COVER

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Published on Aug 25, 2013

POISON IVY - COASTERS - GEORGE COVER
"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.[1] 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. In a recently published biography about Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, the song's authors, it was confirmed that they also intended Ivy's "poisonous" nature to be a code for her actually carrying a sexually-transmitted disease. 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."

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

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