Poison Ivy

Composers: Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller

Original performers: The Coasters (1959)

Recorded in De Lane Lea Studios,(London)  November -63
First release: UK EP, January 1964
Performed onstage: 1963

 

 

Mick Jagger: Lead vocal 
Keith Richards
& Brian Jones: Electric guitars 
Bill Wyman: Bass
Charlie Watts: Drums

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
& Brian Jones: Background vocals 

 

 Lyric:

She comes on like a rose
And everybody knows
She'll get you in dutch

You can look but you better not touch

Poison ivy, poison ivy
Well late at night when you're sleeping

Poison ivy comes creeping all around

She's pretty as a daisy
But look out man she's crazy
She'll really do you in
If you let her get under your skin

Measles make you bumpy and mumps will make you lumpy
And chicken pox will make you jump and twitch
A common cold will cool you but whooping cough will fool you
But poison ivy's going to make you itch

You're going to need an ocean
Of calamine lotion
You'll be scratching like a hound
The minute you start to mess around