Song of the Day: Poison by Alice Cooper

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“Poison” is a song by American rock singer-songwriter Alice Cooper. Written by Cooper, and co-written by Desmond Child and John McCurry, the song was released worldwide as a single in late-1989 from Cooper’s eighteenth studio album, Trash (1989).

Lyrics:

Your a cruel device
Your blood, like ice
One look, could kill
My pain, your thrill

I wanna love you but I better not touch
(Don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you but I want it too much
(Too much)
I wanna taste you but your lips are venomous poison
You’re poison running through my veins
You’re poison I don’t wanna break these chains

Your mouth, so hot
Your web, I’m caught
Your skin, so wet
Black lace, on sweat

I hear you calling and it’s needles and pins
(And pins)
I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don’t wanna touch you but you’re under my skin
(Deep in)
I wanna kiss you but your lips are venomous poison
You’re poison running through my veins
You’re poison I don’t wanna break these chains, poison

One look
(One look)
Could kill
(Could kill)
My pain, your thrill

I wanna love you but I better not touch
(Don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you but I want it too much
(Too much)
I wanna taste you but your lips are venomous poison
You’re poison running through my veins
You’re poison I don’t wanna break these chains, poison
(Poison)

I wanna love you but I better not touch
(Don’t touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you but I want it too much
(Too much)
I wanna taste you but your lips are venomous poison
Yeah, well I don’t wanna break these chains, poison
(Poison)
Runnin’ deep inside my veins

Burnin’ deep inside my brain, poison
(Poison)
I don’t wanna break these chains
(Poison)
(Poison)
Poison
I don’t wanna break these chains

……

The song was one of Cooper’s biggest hit singles in the United States, peaking at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number 2 in the UK, only being held off the top spot by the dance record, “Swing the Mood” by Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers.

Cooper wrote this song with Desmond Child, which is one of the more effective ways to produce a hit. A decade earlier, Child wrote “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” with members of Kiss, which opened the door for outside writers in Rock bands. His next gig was Bon Jovi, resulting in their breakout hits “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

Child, who also produced the Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hell III, told us about writing with artists who take on characters in their acts. “It’s a fine line between somebody telling the true story of their life in a song and also what their character type calls for,” said Child. “It’s a blending when it comes to something like that. With Alice Cooper, it’s a little bit different, and Meat Loaf, also. Those are true theatrical characters. Alice Cooper, his real name is Vincent Furnier, and Meat Loaf’s name is Michael Aday. They created their characters. Both of them started out the same – Alice Cooper was the name of his band and then everybody started calling him Alice Cooper. And the same thing for Meat Loaf. His band was called Meat Loaf, and then people started calling him Meat Loaf. For both of them, it evoked personalities that are so over the top, and so their music really worked theatrically.”

Cover versions

  • “Poison” was the first single from the 2004 album 7 Years and 50 Days by German trance group Groove Coverage. It was also released as an EP.
  • “Poison” was one of the songs from the 2007 album My Winter Storm by Finnish singer Tarja Turunen.
  • A modified version of the song was featured in a February 2011 television ad campaign for the Volkswagen Passat. A man is shown driving his new Passat, presumably returning home from work. A series of fortuitous events accompanies his drive: an attractive woman smiles at him as he passes by; a traffic light turns green as he nears an intersection; a police man pulling vehicles over for inspection allows him to pass; the barrier-gate at the entrance to an underground parking garage rises upon his arrival; and a parking space is vacated just as he approaches. In the final scene, he throws an empty disposable coffee cup at a trash can but misses. The lyrics sung by the driver are, “I run this road / And I rule the world / Look at me baby and now give me a smile (That’s nice) / Let there be green light cos I need to make it on time / There’s a police man but he’ll let me go by (Thank you sir) / Outside my building I want this gate to be / Open / I find the perfect parking spot / Poison / I can never miss this shot.”

Alice Cooper

Birth name Vincent Damon Furnier
Born February 4, 1948 (age 67)
Detroit, Michigan, US
Genres Rock, hard rock, shock rock,heavy metal, glam rock, garage rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, DJ
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1964–present
Labels Straight, Warner Bros., Atlantic,MCA, Epic, Spitfire, Eagle, New West, UMe
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne,Slash, Kiss, Mötley Crüe
Website alicecooper.com
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