Poor Poor Pitiful Me

"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is a rock song written and first recorded by American musician Warren Zevon in 1976. It is best known as one of Linda Ronstadt's signature hits. Country music singer Terri Clark scored a Top Five hit in 1996 with her own cover of the song. There have also been many other versions of this song.

"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
Song by Warren Zevon
from the album Warren Zevon
GenreRock, Country rock
Songwriter(s)Warren Zevon
Producer(s)Jackson Browne

Warren Zevon version


In keeping with Warren Zevon's sardonic lyrical style, the song's verses deal with a suicide attempt, domestic abuse, and a brush with sadomasochism. The song first appeared on Zevon's 1976 self-titled solo album. It is reputed to be a friendly swipe at Jackson Browne, whose songs (such as "Here Come Those Tears Again" and "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate" from The Pretender) could be quite dark.

The song "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" was produced by Jackson Browne and was featured on Zevon's eponymous 1976 album Warren Zevon with backing vocals by Lindsey Buckingham. The track was later included on his greatest hits compilations A Quiet Normal Life (1986), I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (1996), and Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon (2002). Live versions appeared on 1980s Stand in the Fire and 1993’s Learning to Flinch. Alternate studio versions were included in the 2008 reissue of Warren Zevon, as well as the posthumous 2007 compilation Preludes: Rare and Unreleased Recordings.

Linda Ronstadt version

"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Simple Dreams
B-side"Simple Man Simple Dream" (or "Blue Bayou")
ReleasedJanuary 10, 1978
Format7" vinyl
GenreRock, country rock
LabelAsylum 45462
Songwriter(s)Warren Zevon
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"It's So Easy"
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"Tumbling Dice"


Linda Ronstadt recorded a gender-altered version of the song during 1977. Ronstadt would recall Jackson Browne had pitched "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" to her, teaching it to her in the living room of her Malibu home.[1] "The verse in “Poor Pitiful Me” was “I met a girl on the Sunset Strip,” I think, “She asked me if I’d beat her / She took me up to her hotel room / And wrecked my mojo heater.” It was really funny, and I’m saying to Jackson, “I can’t sing those words, man! That’s not who I am. . . . I have to leave that part out.”[2] Ronstadt's interpretation was produced by Peter Asher for her multi-platinum album Simple Dreams. Ronstadt’s live version appeared on the soundtrack album to the smash 1978 movie FM, while the studio version was included on her platinum-plus album Greatest Hits, Volume 2.


Released as a single (on the Asylum label at the beginning of 1978, Ronstadt's version was the week's highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of January 28, 1978. It reached number 26 on the Cash Box Top 100[3] and number 31 in Billboard.

Chart performance

Chart (1978) Peak
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 9
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 36
Canadian RPM Top Singles 31
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 46
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 27
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 31
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[3] 26

Terri Clark version

"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
Single by Terri Clark
from the album Just the Same
B-side"Something You Should've Said"[6]
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1996
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Warren Zevon
Producer(s)Keith Stegall
Chris Waters
Terri Clark
Terri Clark singles chronology
"Suddenly Single"
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"Emotional Girl"


Another hit cover version of the song was recorded by Canadian country singer Terri Clark. It was released in September 1996 as the lead single from her second album, 1996's Just the Same. Clark told Billboard magazine that she heard Linda Ronstadt's version of the song in a local gymnasium while she was exercising. She said "and I thought, what a cool song. What a great country record that could make. I started doing it live, and it worked."[7]


"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" debuted at number 47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 12, 1996. Clark's version was a number one hit on the Canadian RPM country charts, and a number five hit on the country charts in the U.S.

Music video

The music video was directed by Deaton Flanigen and premiered in late 1996.

Chart performance

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 9
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 5

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 43

Other versions

  • In 1986, SNFU did a hardcore punk cover of the song on the compilation It Came from the Pit.
  • In 2003 Anne Louise Blythe covered it for Nashville Star: The Finalists.
  • Vitamin String Quartet recorded a instrumental version of the song on Dad Get Me Out of This: The String Quartet Tribute to Warren Zevon in 2003.
  • In 2003 The Lonestar Ladies did the song on A Tribute to Terri Clark.
  • In 2004 Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt covered it on Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon.
  • In 2005 Tim Crouch, Randy Kohrs, Larry Richardson, Kurt Mason and Bo Baseman covered it for Pickin’ to Kill: Pickin’ On Terri Clark: A Bluegrass Tribute.


  1. ^ Ronstadt, Linda (2013). Simple Dreams: a musical memoir (1st hardcover ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4516-6872-8.
  2. ^ Maiscott, Mary Lyn. "Linda Ronstadt: I Know When Parkinson's Hit from Listening to My Own Singing". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  4. ^ "Linda Ronstadt Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Linda Ronstadt Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 95–96. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  7. ^ Billboard, October 5, 1996
  8. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9900." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 9, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "Terri Clark Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Terri Clark Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.

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FM (soundtrack)

FM is the original AOR soundtrack to the 1978 film FM. In the United States, the album reached the Top Five of Billboard's album chart and quickly earned a Platinum-certified disc. It reached 37 in the UK charts. The soundtrack also won the 1979 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Also included on this compilation are two new tracks, "Girls Lie Too" and "One of the Guys", as well as a live rendition of her 2000 single "No Fear". "Girls Lie Too" was released as a single, becoming a number one hit on the country charts in September 2004. After that single, Clark released the #26-peaking "The World Needs a Drink", which was not included on an album. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in December 2004.

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Just the Same

Just the Same is the second studio album by Canadian country music singer Terri Clark. It was released in late 1996 on Mercury Records. In the U.S., this album produced the singles "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (a cover of a Warren Zevon song which was also a Top 40 pop hit for Linda Ronstadt), "Emotional Girl", and the title track, which respectively reached #5, #10 and #49 on the country charts. In Canada, the first two singles were both #1 on the country charts, while the title track was a #16. The fourth single, "Something in the Water", reached #39 in Canada, but did not chart in the U.S. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Linda Ronstadt discography

The discography of Linda Ronstadt, an American rock, pop and country artist, consists of 28 studio albums, numerous compilation albums, and 63 singles. After recording three albums with her folk rock band, The Stone Poneys, Ronstadt debuted on Capitol Records as a solo artist with 1969's Hand Sown ... Home Grown.Between 1970 and 1973, Ronstadt released three studio albums: two on the Capitol label, Silk Purse (1970) and Linda Ronstadt (1971); and one on the Asylum label, Don't Cry Now (1973). Developing a Country Rock sound similar to that of Eagles, Ronstadt recorded 1974's Grammy-winning Heart Like a Wheel, which sold over two million U. S. copies and spawned the #1 hits "When Will I Be Loved" and "You're No Good". Her next album was 1975's Prisoner in Disguise, which followed a similar musical format and contained a Top Five cover of "Heat Wave". Hasten Down the Wind in 1976 featured two Ronstadt-composed originals and established Ronstadt as the first ever female recording artist to score three million-selling albums. Its biggest hits were a remake of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" and a reworking of Willie Nelson's "Crazy". The album won Ronstadt her second Grammy Award.

Her 1977 release, Simple Dreams, followed a more Rock-oriented format. It went Triple platinum in America alone and produced two simultaneous Top Five hits: the Platinum-certified "Blue Bayou" and "It's So Easy". Additional hits from the album included "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Tumbling Dice", and the Top 10 Country hit "I Never Will Marry".

The following year, Living in the USA included a cover of Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A.". It also contained a soulful Top 10 remake of the Motown classic "Ooh Baby Baby" which crossed over to R&B radio. In addition to the conventional Asylum release that is listed below, special limited-edition releases were also made of this album in red vinyl and picture disc. "Just One Look" was the album's third hit single.

Ronstadt's first disc of the 1980s was the New Wave-styled Mad Love. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard album chart and quickly became her seventh million-selling album in a row. It produced Top 10 singles with "How Do I Make You" and the scorching "Hurt So Bad".

In 1983, Ronstadt changed musical directions towards big band jazz and traditional pop music, recording What's New, which was certified Triple Platinum in the United States. It was succeeded by 1984's Lush Life and 1986's For Sentimental Reasons (both Platinum-certified).

To celebrate her Mexican American heritage, Ronstadt recorded the Spanish-language album Canciones de Mi Padre in 1987, selling more than two million copies in the U. S. and winning Ronstadt another Grammy Award. It stands as the biggest-selling non-English language record in history. The same year, she also teamed with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton for the collaboration album Trio, which spawned four Top 10 Country music hits, including the #1 single, "To Know Him Is To Love Him". Her 1989 release, titled Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, was Ronstadt's first pop music album in seven years. It produced two Grammy Award-winning duets with Aaron Neville on the Billboard Hot 100: the Gold-certified number 2 hit "Don't Know Much" and the number 11 hit "All My Life". Both songs were long-running #1 Adult Contemporary hits.

After releasing two less successful Spanish albums in the early 1990s, Ronstadt returned to something more contemporary with 1993's New Age-styled Winter Light. It was followed by her 1995 return to Country Rock: Feels Like Home. Her Grammy-winning album of children's lullabies was issued in 1996 and had strong sales. Her 1998 release, We Ran, featured more Rock-oriented album material. In 1999, Ronstadt reunited with Harris and Parton for Trio II, which won Ronstadt her eleventh competitive Grammy Award and nineteenth Gold album. That year she also recorded a Southwestern-inspired release with Harris, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions.

Her 2004 release, Hummin' to Myself, was Ronstadt's fourth album of traditional jazz standards . In 2006, she made what turned out to be her final studio album – Adieu False Heart – mixing Cajun music with rock in a collaboration with Ann Savoy. Ronstadt has sold over 30 million records in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America.


Pitiful may refer to:

"Mr. Pitiful" (song)

"Pitiful" (Sick Puppies song)

"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (song)

"You're Pitiful" (song)

Suddenly Single

"Suddenly Single" is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian country music artist Terri Clark. It was released in July 1996 as the fourth and final single from her self-titled debut album. The song reached #11 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart in June 1996. It also peaked at #34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks. The song was written by Clark, Tom Shapiro and Chris Waters.

Terri Clark

Terri Lynn Clark (born August 5, 1968) is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she released her self-titled debut that year. Both it and its two follow-ups, 1996's Just the Same and 1998's How I Feel, were certified platinum in both countries, and produced several Top Ten country hits.

Her fourth album, 2000's Fearless, though certified gold in Canada, was not as successful in the U.S., producing no Top 10 hits. Pain to Kill from 2003 restored her chart momentum in the U.S. with "I Just Wanna Be Mad" and "I Wanna Do It All", while a 2004 greatest hits album produced the Number One "Girls Lie Too". A non-album single, "The World Needs a Drink", and the 2005 album Life Goes On were her last releases for Mercury before she signed to BNA Records in 2007. There, she released the singles "Dirty Girl" and "In My Next Life". Although the latter went to Number One in Canada, she has not released an album for BNA.

Clark's albums have accounted for more than twenty singles, including six Number Ones. "If I Were You", "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Emotional Girl" and "In My Next Life" all topped the country charts in Canada, "Girls Lie Too" reached Number One only in the U.S., and "You're Easy on the Eyes" was a Number One in both countries.

Terri Clark discography

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The Section (band)

The Section were a US instrumental rock band formed in the early 1970s by guitarist Danny Kortchmar, keyboardist Craig Doerge, bassist Leland Sklar, and drummer Russ Kunkel. They are best known for both studio and stage work in support of some of the best selling singer/songwriters and solo singers of that decade. Their frequent appearances on the records of artists signed to Asylum Records made them the label's de facto house band. Their close association with the singer-songwriter and soft rock genres of the 1970s also led to their alternate moniker of "The Mellow Mafia." They appeared together and individually on such albums as Carole King's best selling/record breaking, 1971's "Album of the Year," Tapestry; James Taylor's 1970 hit album, Sweet Baby James and many other albums by Linda Ronstadt, Crosby & Nash, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and others. They also performed as back-up band on many of their tours. Other musicians closely associated with The Section include guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Tim Drummond and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley."One or more of them can be heard on seemingly every one of the era's defining tracks: King's "It's Too Late" and "Sweet Seasons"; Taylor's "You've Got a Friend" and his remake of "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)"; Browne's "Doctor My Eyes"; Ronstadt's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me"; Joni Mitchell's "Carey"; and entire albums by Taylor (JT, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon) and Browne (Running on Empty, Hold Out)."By the 1980s, the group stopped working together collectively, though as individuals they continued to play prominent roles in the studio and on tour with many of the most popular solo acts of the decade, including Phil Collins (who collaborated with Sklar frequently starting with 1985's No Jacket Required album and subsequent tour), Stevie Nicks (whose landmark Bella Donna album features guitar work from Wachtel, who continues to work with her as her musical director), and Don Henley (who used Kortchmar's writing skills and musicianship on numerous instruments on his Building the Perfect Beast album).

Beside their supporting work for other musicians, The Section also released three albums of their own, consisting of mostly instrumental music that was an amalgam of Rock, Pop, Jazz and Jazz Fusion.

The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt

The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt is a hits compilation by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt. The album was released by Rhino Records in 2002.

It peaked at #19 on Billboard's Country albums chart - where it lasted for well over a year - and crossed over to #165 on Billboard's main album chart. In 2003, a European edition was released with additional and alternate tracks.

This album was ranked #164 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

A new Australian edition of the disc was released in 2017 and hit the ARIA Charts. It was certified Gold in Australia.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is a honky-tonk bar located in Nashville, Tennessee behind the Ryman Auditorium. Tootsie's has three stages that host live local talent each night; covering modern day country music artist such as Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and other popular country music artists as well as original work. Some of its early famous first customers were Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Mel Tillis, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and numerous others country musicians. According to www.tootsies.net, Willie Nelson received his first songwriting gig after singing at Tootsie's. Terri Clark a Canadian-born country artist started singing at Tootsie's in 1987. and has since become an internationally known country superstar with hits such as Better Things to Do, and the Warren Zevon cover, Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

Originally named Mom's, Tootsie Bess (Hattie Louise Bess) bought the future honky tonk in 1960. The name however, came later when to her surprise a painter painted the lounge purple. Subsequently, the name was changed to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and to date, the exterior of the lounge is still painted the same color. Tootsie was known to slip 5's and 10's into the pockets of luckless writers and pickers. It was said she had a cigar box behind the counter full of IOU's from where she had given drinks and food to hungry writers and pickers. Supposedly, at each year's end, a bunch of Opry Performers would take all the IOU's and pay Tootsie so she wouldn't lose the money. At her 1978 funeral were Tom T. Hall, Roy Acuff and Faron Young. She was buried in an Orchid gown, with an orchid placed in the orchid colored casket, so she could take her favorite flower to heaven. Connie Smith sang some of Tootsie's favorite hymns at the funeral.

On November 7, 2010, Tootsie's celebrated its 50th Anniversary with performances at the Ryman Auditorium from Kris Kristofferson, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mel Tillis, Jamey Johnson, and Joanna Smith.

Warren Zevon

Warren William Zevon (; January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.

Zevon's most famous compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978), whose title track is also well-known. He also wrote major hits that were recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind". Along with his own work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and Prince's "Raspberry Beret".

Initially successful as a band leader, Zevon struggled to have a solo career until his music was performed by Linda Rondstadt. This launched a cult following that lasted for 25 years with Zevon making occasional returns to album and single charts until his death from cancer in 2003. He briefly found a new audience in the 1980s by teaming up with members of R.E.M. in the blues rock outfit Hindu Love Gods.

Known for his dry wit and acerbic lyrics, he was a guest several times on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Warren Zevon (album)

Warren Zevon is the second studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. This album was recorded in 1975 and released on May 10, 1976, by Asylum Records. A remastered version of the album with special bonus tracks was released in 2008 by Rhino Records.

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