Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Album: Simple Dreams (1977)
Charted: 31
  • Written and originally recorded by Warren Zevon, this first appeared on his self-titled album in 1976. It became a hit when Linda Ronstadt covered it the next year. In the '70s, Ronstadt had several hits originally recorded by other artists.
  • Typical of Zevon's songwriting, this is a pretty crude and risqué song. His character is such a disaster that he can't even kill himself: he puts his head on the railroad tracks, but the train doesn't run anymore. He then meets a girl and engages in some sadomasochism.

    Ronstadt's cover was a cleaned-up version with the gender reversed. Her character still fails at suicide, but the S&M references are gone. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA

Comments: 7

  • Joe from New York, NyI saw Warren Zevon in NYC during Bill Clinton's troubles with Monica Lewinsky. He asked the crowd what they thought of Bill, then sang he this song :)
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaI love this version but I like Warren's better it just has more angst!..
  • Lee from Huntsville, Al"lord have mercy on me"...amen!
  • Sandra from Gardnerville, NvHell, Linda Ronstadt was one of the few artists us "women-folk" could use in order work in the disco era. I did it. I certainly admired her. Thank you, Linda.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaThis is an hilarious song, so full of tongue-in-cheek self-pity. A funny pop song is a rare thing!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkZevon was a master lyricist. He was a musician's musicians. He did so much more than "Werewolves of London."- RIP. I prefer his version to Linda's vanilla. At one point he skips the words and simply says "I don't wanna talk about it."
  • Carl from Paterson, NjI like this song because it puts down self pity.
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