“Poison Heart” – The Ramones

From 1992’s “Mondo Bizarro,” comes one of the finest Ramones songs ever recorded. “Poison Heart” is a wonderfully mature song, both lyrically and musically. As much as I love the 1-2-3-4, three-chord, “30 songs in less than 60 minutes” style the Ramones are most famous for, they really excelled at longer, slower, more thoughtful material.

Written by Dee Dee Ramone after he left the band, the rights to this song were allegedly sold to the Ramones after they helped bail him out of jail. Dee Dee was a terrific (and underrated) songwriter. I’m sorry his own personal demons got the better of him. He had a lot of talent and had a lot more to give.

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