"Poison Heart" as written by and Daniel/ramone Rey....
No one ever thought this one would survive
Helpless child, gonna walk a drum beat behind
Lock you in a dream, never let you go
Never let you laugh or smile, not you.

Well, I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart
I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart.

Making friends with a homeless torn up man
He just kind of smiles, it really shakes me up.
There's danger on every corner but I'm okay
Walking down the street trying to forget yesterday.

Well, I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart.
I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart,
A poison heart, a poison heart, a poison heart ... yeah!

You know that life really takes its toll
And a poet's gut reaction is to search his very soul
So much damn confusion before my eyes,
But nothing seems to phase me and this one still survives.

I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart.
I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart,
Well, I just want to walk right out of this world,
Cause everybody has a poison heart.
A poison heart, a poison heart, a poison heart.
A poison heart, a poison heart, a poison heart.


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"Poison Heart" as written by Dee Dee Ramone Daniel Rey

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  • +2
    General Commentthis song means about the having doubts on trusting the people around you.. or about the people that whom you expect to help you out if your down and out,all of a sudden turned they're backs on you...or in other words,they stabbed you in the back.. coz sometimes in life,if others see something special about you and they become jealous of it.. they'll do anything to bring you down.. thats what this song is about..

    R.I.P. to the three amigo's joey,dee dee,and johnny.. you guys will be surely missed.. Ramones forever! \m/
    Industrialized666on October 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTalks about society corrupting people, and as already posted, that you can't trust people. This one still survives. Still, has to deal with all the shit the world has.
    GODDAMNSONOFABITCHon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is undeniably one of the very best of the Ramones, this is really the kind of punk rock song that only a more experienced band could pull off. From lyrics right on down to musicianship and singing.

    I love this song a lot. I think its a lot about Dee Dee's life. When he's a child, he's been counted out. Forgotten. He's a drum beat behind. Locked in a dream, never let you go, is about how your parents can hold you too close, so that some days you can't breath. You don't have any personal space. And you're the one who has to go through all of this. You can't smile. You can't laugh. Its not anyone else. Its just you.

    When he meets the homeless person, its about being the outsider, and the experience of being an outsider. And when you try and talk or empathize, its like all you can get is a homeless man that just kind of smiles. And it does shake you up. Its like you're like the homeless man, and yet even he's so far gone that even you can't reach him. Maybe you're even looking at a worse version of what you could be.

    But through it all, when life does take its toll, we poets and artists ultimately do what comes naturally, we song the song of our lives, or a song about our lives. Because there's nothing else you really can do. And in spite of the confusion or interference or whatever, there is the expression that we create as artists, and that's what gives us hope and life. And in spite of all of the bullshit, we still embrace life, and in spite of being one step behind, and everything else, we still survive.

    pboton February 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a Dee Dee live performance where he introduces the song saying "this is dedicated to the fucking Ramones and my ex-wife". So yeah, that was probably the world where everyone had a poison heart. And he did walk right out of it, he left the band, got divorced, and entered rehab, all around the same time.

    Joey sometimes changed the lyrics to "helpless Dee Dee gonna walk a drum beat behind" in concerts.
    javier138on May 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMondo Bizarro is such a good album, definitely the best of the Ramones later phase. And then this song tops it off! Truly excellent.

    Dee Dee at his best in lyric writing; even if you never been down the dangerous and sad road that Dee Dee been through you can feel it in this song.

    Joey's vocals that sing as if the song was about him, singing this song with him makes me cry.

    Johnny by then was a true master guitarrist and it shows

    Marky on the drums, what can you say, he's Marky! No one marked tempo for this legendary punk band like him.

    And then there is CJ as the new bassist that breathed young blood into the band without diluting its legacy.

    I love this album and I really really love this song.
    RenRamoneon August 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDee Dee Ramone dead at 50.
    RIP, Dee Dee.
    This is one of my favorite songs written by him.
    Hope you're in heaven now, along with Joey, teaching those angels how to rock.
    joeprogon June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYet another autobiographical song of Dee Dee's. Hell, he even named his autobiography book "Poison Heart". Awesome, awesome song.
    Dokuroon June 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove, love, love this song. Could listen to it over and over again. Totally rocks.
    sweet addictionon February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm crying just reading the lyrics. The Ramones knew.
    Child Of Musicon June 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFavorite Ramones song for sure.
    xbraindamageon February 12, 2006   Link

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