"Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Well I lay my head on the railroad tracks
Waitin' for the double E
But railroad don't run no more
Poor, poor pitiful me

Poor, poor pitiful me
Poor, poor pitiful me
These young girls won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe, is me

Well I met a girl in west Hollywood
I ain't namin' names
She really worked me over good
She was just like Jesse James
She really worked me over good
She was a credit to her gender
She put me through some changes lord
Sort of like a Waring blender

Poor, poor pitiful me
Poor, poor pitiful me
These young girls won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe is me

Whoo!

Poor, poor pitiful me
Poor, poor pitiful me
These young girls won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe, is me

Well O met a girl at the Rainbow Bar
She asked me if I'd beat her
And she took me back to the Hyatt house
I don't want to talk about it

Poor, poor pitiful me
Whoo!
Poor, poor pitiful me
Hot little mamma(faint)
Poor, poor pitiful me
Whoo hoo!
Poor pitiful me


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"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" as written by Warren Zevon

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  • +2
    General CommentThere is a mistake in the first stanza. It is: "The Railroad don't run no more".

    This is a great song. It doesn't have the political commentary of many of his songs, but it has that sarcastic bite -- a great bit of humor and poking fun at all of us when we become whiners.

    DrTon January 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWarren's last verse is gold. I almost typed golf but it's not golf it's gold.
    bkabbotton January 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat "Waring blender" line is pretty poor and pitiful.
    Sluggoon November 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA humorous look at a loser who is so pitiful that he can't even commit suicide successfully. Witness the first verse lyrics.
    Reminds me of the Dan Ackroyd character in "Trading Places" when he tries to shoot himself by placing a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. The gun doesn't go off so he throws the gun away. The gun then explodes and smashes a shop window setting off an alarm.
    chrisb1on February 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese young girls won't let me be
    Lord have mercy on me

    I love that line. Listen to that after a night out on the town or whatever. I will have to agree with warren!
    bearfan34on January 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYet another reference to Jesse James.
    TheThornBirdson March 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe Warren in the final verse sings the line...

    "She axed me if I'd beat her". Pronouncing it 'axed' instead of 'asked' leads me to believe he was approached by a black woman at the Rainbow Bar." She took him back to the Hyatt House.....and then he leaves us HANGING. Details man....we need details.
    Okemoon May 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHilarious song -- poor guy is so down because women just won't let him be, and the women in L.A. and West Hollywood are just eating him alive. I'm pretty sure for everyone listening to the song sympathy is not exactly the first emotion!
    CompressedAireon April 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe Waring blender line is just classic, like the quote about my life being like a chainsaw salad
    nerraw1015on April 10, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis song is similar to others in which he laments the events of a fast and fortuneless life. Although it seems to me he spends more time in self pity than he usually allows himself. normally, he recounts the bad stuff in his life, then laughs it off because he can only blame himself for his situation. Here, WZ allows himself a little time to lick his wounds before he jumps back in there.
    scumbagstyleon February 07, 2007   Link

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