"Poison" as written by Dane Anthony Deviller, Sean Syed Hosein, Anthony Anderson, Adam Hurstfield and Steven Smith....
Like Chancre's
Canterbury Tales
When three men find a pot of gold
And end up killing one another in the name of greed
Some people are poison
Under my skin like opium
And I'll stare in their eye to annoy them
Yeah there poison
Admissions of liabilities
I'm living in my own private cold war
In a room full of spies and I cannot find the door
Some people are poison
Under my skin like opium
And I'll stare in their eye to annoy them
Yeah there poison
The violent aspects of a tattered man
Let me respond to that if I can
Illuminated manuscripts written by hand
Accusations have been made form the very beginning
Some people are poison
Under my skin like opium
And I'll stare in their eye to annoy them
Yeah there fuckin poison!

Lyrics submitted by NOFXJuggaloGirgo

"Poison" as written by Damon Albarn Tony W. Allen

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Commentno shit man
    L.O.S.E.R.on May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song fucking rocks...the opening rocks and tim's voice is awesome if you dont like this guys voice then go listen to whiney good charlotte or some shit
    ugpunk84on June 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, its so cool, i think Tims Voice sounds awesome on it, Rancid are my fav band, they kick
    punk_girl_ukon June 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthe is so fucking hypnotysing and it is just like rapture
    twist3dkittenon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what the hell this song is about, i cannot decide if its is about marijuana or what. Great song, dont get me wrong, but I'd love to know what the fuck they mean by all this
    GCsucksmyasson June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, there are errors in the lyrics here. It starts:

    "Like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales."

    The Canterbury Tales (written by Chaucer) were stories narrated through characters identified by their occupations (for the most part, if I recall correctly). Each story relates one of the seven deadly sins (I'm just going off of my memory, I'm not positive on this). Anyway, The Pardoner's Tale, and a pardoner was basically the priest that collects taxes for people to not go to hell, was about Avarice (greed). Three men find a pot of gold and end up killing each other instead of just splitting it up, as they all promised they would.

    The song is basically about bad people. "Some people are poison." This is, by far, one of my favorite Rancid songs. The way Tim sings it, it sounds so emotional. Some people are poison. You know when you get the feeling that someone is evil, not just a jerk or "asshole" or bitter, but completely evil, people the will fuck you over out of greed or whatever drives them to hurt others. Those are the people I think the song is about.

    "And I'll stare in their eye to annoy them," beautifully said. The implication here is that you can see the evil in their eyes, and they are generally aware of how they are as people, so if you stare in their eye, they will become uncomfortable.

    So yeah, just trying to explain what I understand about this song.
    nephoson September 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! i love the fact that he says 'like chaucers canterbury tales.' i think this song is amazing, and it really says alot
    dormouseon October 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe best part of this song is at the very end when Tim sings "You're fucking poison!" Its so raw and argh i love it
    TheFedman2002on September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best songs on what is, in my opinion, the best Rancid album. I love the
    backing vocals--sounds like Lars and Freeman--particularly how they counter Tim's "some people are poison" with a "poison" of their own.

    It's been five years since the last response, but it would be helpful if someone might confirm if these lyrics are a direct copy of the lyric printed lyrics that came packaged along with the album.
    I wonder only because sometimes the lyrics seem remarkably accurate, so much so that it seems unlikely they could have been deciphered by hearing alone.

    For instance, I always thought the first verse was something like

    i'm living in my own catacomb
    in a room full of flies
    and I cant find the gold

    however, when listening very carefully and more importantly, knowing what to listen for, it seems the lyrics on this page are, I am fairly certain, what is actually being sung.

    But there is one line when things don't match up. It could well be that these are the "correct"/"official" lyrics, and the difference I am hearing is merely a characteristic of the bands performance.
    bahoevelon January 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, @Nephos, not only does Tim say "Like CHANCRE's Canterbury Tales", but it's WRITTEN in the lyric book included with the album!

    I know the correct author of Canterbury Tales is CHAUCER, and that's probably what Tim meant to say/write but too little, too late I guess.

    Second of all, great song, WEAK chorus.

    "I'll stare in their eye to annoy them. Yeah, they're poison." Are you serious???
    Beavis46on July 31, 2011   Link

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