"Poison Ivy" is a popular song by American songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally recorded by The Coasters in 1959.[1] It went to #1 on the R&B chart, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[2] 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 measlesmumpschickenpox, 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".[3]

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

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