Linda Ronstadt – Poor Poor Pitiful Me

I couldn’t decide which version to use. Linda had the hit from this Warren Zevon song but I like Warren’s version so much. Warren’s version is much cruder lyrically and musically but Linda did a great job with this song. Linda had such a powerful voice that she made it her song.

The song peaked at #31 in the Billboard 100 and the same in Canada in 1978. This is the version I first heard but I do have a soft spot for Warren’s version also.

From Songfacts

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

 

 

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Well I lay my head on the railroad track
Waiting on the Double E
But the train don’t run by here no more
Poor poor pitiful me

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won’t let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Well I met a man out in Hollywood
Now I ain’t naming names
Well he really worked me over good
Just like Jesse James
Yes he really worked me over good
He was a credit to his gender
Put me through some changes Lord
Sort of like a Waring blender

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won’t let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Well I met a boy in the Vieux Carres
Down in Yokohama
He picked me up and he threw me down
He said “Please don’t hurt me Mama”

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won’t let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me

 

 

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

21 thoughts on “Linda Ronstadt – Poor Poor Pitiful Me”

  1. You can never go wrong with Linda’s voice and stylings! Must’ve been some amazing little “village” back then, eh… can sort of just imagine how that was with Linda driving around with Glenn Frey, maybe going down the hall to drop in on Lindsay Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Warren Zevon to grab a glass of wine and maybe get some help on a guitar bit…

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    1. You know I should have talked about that version more. I listen to country…but old old country…I do know this version though and I blew it on that.
      Oh I did the TV themes yesterday…just wanted you to know. Thank you for the inspiration.

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