Poor Poor Pitiful Me Song – Linda Ronstadt | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#31); 1978

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In 1977 Linda Ronstadt was the biggest female artist in rock ‘n’ roll. On December 3rd her Simple Dreams album slid into the #1 spot. One week later It’s So Easy, the second single drawn from Simple Dreams, reached #5, and one week after that the lead-off single, Blue Bayou, peaked at #3. Linda now had the #1 album and two of the Top 5 singles in America. The third Simple Dreams single, unlike the first two, wasn’t a vintage song by a vintage rock star. In fact, its writer – Warren Zevon – had labored in obscurity for years. To date his one chart single had come in 1966 when he was one half of Lyme & Cybelle, and his lone chart album had stayed around for just two weeks.. Despite that, Linda liked what she heard and included two Zevon songs on Simple Dreams: Carmelita and Poor Poor Pitiful Me. Released as the third single, Pitiful – with some slight lyric changes – was anything but. It kept Linda’s streak going and introduced Zevon to the general public.

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Produced by:

  • Peter Asher

Lyrics Written by:

  • Warren Zevon