I managed to go outside and water plants today. Right beside my little rose is a hearty poison ivy sprig. Such nasty little things, but this immediately popped into my head:
“You’re gonna need an ocean of Calamine lotion“
Of course that line comes from the song Poison Ivy and was popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
I don’t know how many times I must have sung this song in my youth, but it was very popular. The Coasters sang the version I remember, and we all had the lyrics memorized.
I was very young — too young to even be naive. Imagine my surprise when I read that Poison Ivy was a metaphor for a sexually transmitted disease, according to songwriter Jerry Leiber.
The song released in 1959 reached #7 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart and it was about an STD. I guess I am still a bit naive.
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