Poison Ivy League

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Words & Music: Giant/ Baum/ Kaye
Hail to thee old ivy league
Poison ivy league
The ra-ra boys are sitting round the table tonight
The ra-ra boys have lots of plans in view
They're gonna have panty raids
And make their own lemonade
They'll live it up just like the big boys do

Poison ivy league, boys in that ivy league
Give me an itch, those sons of the rich
That poison ivy league

The ra-ra boys will go to bed so early tonight
Before exams they need a lot of rest
They gotta make good for dad
They gotta make good so bad
They'll even pay someone to take that test

Poison ivy league, boys in that ivy league
How can they flunk, they're so full of bunk
That poison ivy league

The ra-ra boys are being groomed for business some day
For better things to college they were sent
And you can bet they'll be the head of the company
As long as dear old daddy's president

Poison ivy league, boys in that ivy league
So loaded with cash, they give me a rash
That poison ivy league

So let it be told
I won't touch them with a ten foot pole
That poison Ivy league
Recorded: 1964/03/02, first released on Roustabout


Miknik7077 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 1, 2020report abuse
Works way better in the movie than on the soundtrack. As a stand alone just a normal Elvis movie filler song.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 18, 2015report abuse
I really love the album and this song, something special about Elvis" voice here. Just such a pity about the lack of depth in the recording tho.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2015report abuse
Love the song... the lyrics and Elvis' delivery!
rai (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2015report abuse
A song that is only so so but looking at the video, Elvis looks slim, dark and handsome not to mention his height.
trudygillenwater (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2015report abuse
Great novelty tune! Love the movie as well.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 27, 2013report abuse
The standard excuse for a song like this one is: "it fit the scene in the movie", and in this case I think that is truer than usual. It establishes Elvis' character as a trouble-maker. He knows the song isn't gonna sit well with the audience in the coffeehouse and he gets in a fight afterwards because of it. In my opinion, as a movie song, this works better than most. To compare the movie Roustabout with Jailhouse Rock isn't the best idea, because Roustabout certainly suffers in comparison, BUT this movie was as close as we got from Elvis in the 60s to the kind of bad boy, rock n roll troublemaker he was in that earlier (better) movie. We'd have to wait a few more years for Elvis to put on black leather again.
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2013report abuse
It's a great song, one of my favorites from the movie.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2013report abuse
I can clearly hear a banjo in the song, but who plays it. Ernst Jorgensen doesn't mention it in his Sessions book. The song rolls along quite nicely even with the silly lyrics.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2013report abuse
Fun song in the movie. Not as enjoyable on Vinyl (CD). However, there are, some very good songs, on the soundtrack.
Only complaint, the songs are too short in length. The soundtracks could have, featured longer versions, of the short movie songs.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2013report abuse
Its ok and the album is just OK, certainly not great. It didn't deserve a No. 1 spot when albums like Elvis IS Back didn't make it to #1. You have to be wondering about the fan base at times.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2013report abuse
Catchy tune but nothing to rave about. Personally, in my opinion, this was the last decent overall soundtrack album from Elvis. It all went down hill from there.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2013report abuse
Just looked at my playlists for 105 film songs in the 60's and this isn't there so I guess that says it all. Played it again and it isn't that bad, moving along with much gusto but is a song more at home in its film environment.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2013report abuse
This is on my playlist, it is both funny and chatcy, and if I am not mistaken the album made it to the top of the charts .
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This is a fun and amusing song, but it's the worst song from "Roustabout", in my opinion. I rate "Poison Ivy League" 3 Stars.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2011report abuse
I think at least the Beatles made decent silly songs like "Yello Submarine" that you can sing too.Not a good soundtrack anyway.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2011report abuse
Amusing movie song, nothing more, nothing less.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2011report abuse
This is a catchy tune which I have always liked. The Roustabout soundtrack was and still is a breeze to me. It would have been even better if the left-over, alternate Roustabout song had been included in proper sound. Anyhow, Poison Ivy League is a nice movie song to me!
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2011report abuse
I like it very much. Like it on the movie, like it on record. Great!
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2011report abuse
I love the line and the smirk as he delivers it waiting for people to catch on 'those sonsoftherich'. I actually thought Roustabout was one of the better soundtracks, other than the obvious ones.
burninglove92 (profilecontact) wrote on May 6, 2010report abuse
Great Movie tune, i love watching elvis sing this, he really makes those college boys angry and shows em whos boss outside the club. go elvis!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2010report abuse
There is nothing "crappy" about this humorous and well delivered tune from "Roustabout". The scene in the movie with this song is very entertaining as Elvis delivers it with arrogance and cockiness. On record, it holds up well too.
MJB63 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 6, 2009report abuse
A crappy song...at least it's amusing.

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