"Mr. Pitiful" as written by Otis Redding and Stephen Lee Cropper....
Oh Mr. pit
Oh Mr. pit
Mr. Pitiful
Who let you down?
Who let you down?
Who let you down?


You still don't believe
You don't believe
You don't believe
That greed's for a show
Your soap box unfolds


But, please come down from that cloud
You see at all I don't expect you to admit that you were wrong
Just wanna know how you've been
Don't make me feel bad that we're still friends
Started it all over in my bed


I hope that you see through your picket
I hope that you see through your big yard and white picket fence
To make amends, to still be friends, to still be my friend



So where did you go?
Where did you go?
Where did you go?
While I was out
While I was out
While I was out


Well I don't believe
I don't believe
I don't believe
Everything was seen
And if you don't like the movie then quit acting


But, please come down from that cloud
You see at all I don't expect you to admit that you were wrong
Just wanna know how you've been
Don't make me feel bad that we're still friends
Started it all over in my bed


I hope that you see through your picket
I hope that you see through your big yard and white picket fence
To make amends, still be friends, still be friends, to still be my friend, still be my friend, still be my friend


Lyrics submitted by annaS, edited by fiCTfc6

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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG. :]
    It's just like... About someone who's feeling sorry for himself, I think.
    Technophobiaon October 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have the linter notes.

    It's...

    *It* don't make me feel bad that we're still friends

    To make amends
    *And* still be friends, still be my friend

    Near the end, the cloud thing is the same as before.

    But please come down from that cloud you're sitting on

    not "but please come down from that cloud, you see at all"


    All of En-Lee's corrections are correct.

    The video for this song is adorable.

    I think it's about the narrator's friend "growing up" and becoming a typical yuppie with a nice house ("big yard...picket fence") and all those boring things. The friend sounds kind of stuck-up, and the narrator is working around that. "I don't expect you to admit that you were wrong" and the soapbox statement lead to me to believe that the friend is egotistical and thinks he's the shit, and the narrator plans to let whatever happened in the past go (I'm assuming that the friend fucked up in some way) in order to remain friends with the person. The narrator isn't into the typical monotonous "adult" stuff, but still wants to be friends with his yuppie friend, who sort of is. I don't think the friend is completely, because the line "You still don't believe and your grievances show When your soapbox unfolds" imply that the friend isn't as happy about his life as he usually pretends he is. And his yuppie facade is pitiful....BAM!! There's the title and opening lines. The "I just want to know how you've been....Still be my friend" section is about the narrator wanting his friend to get off of his high horse so they can make up and rekindle their friendship.


    I could be entirely wrong.
    takeittakingitoffon January 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the narrator is calling himself pitiful.
    Icy_Blueson February 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow this is a great song! and i bet it can have lots of meanings!
    but to me, i can relate to it. because of a breakup i had.
    and for some odd reason, this fit my situation.
    i didn't care if we were going to be together or not..
    but i just wanted to know how things were going..
    and over time, i just wanted him to know that im not the bad person... im just here like i've always been. his fried.
    :]]
    mushr00mfarton October 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you got some of the lyrics wrong.

    (I put asterisks next to the lines that I changed)

    You still don’t believe
    You don’t believe
    You don’t believe
    And your grievances show *
    When your soapbox unfolds

    But, please come down from that cloud
    You're sitting on*
    I don’t expect you to admit that you were wrong
    Just wanna know how you’ve been
    Don’t make me feel bad that we’re still friends
    Mulling it over in my bed*

    ------

    Well I don’t believe
    I don’t believe
    I don’t believe
    Everything I see
    And if you don’t like the movie then quit acting*
    En-Leeon November 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have the linter notes.

    It's...

    *It* don't make me feel bad that we're still friends

    To make amends
    *And* still be friends, still be my friend

    Near the end, the cloud thing is the same as before.

    But please come down from that cloud you're sitting on

    not "but please come down from that cloud, you see at all"


    All of En-Lee's corrections are correct.

    The video for this song is adorable.

    I think it's about the narrator's friend "growing up" and becoming a typical yuppie with a nice house ("big yard...picket fence") and all those boring things. The friend sounds kind of stuck-up, and the narrator is working around that. "I don't expect you to admit that you were wrong" and the soapbox statement lead to me to believe that the friend is egotistical and thinks he's the shit, and the narrator plans to let whatever happened in the past go (I'm assuming that the friend fucked up in some way) in order to remain friends with the person. The narrator isn't into the typical monotonous "adult" stuff, but still wants to be friends with his yuppie friend, who sort of is. I don't think the friend is completely, because the line "You still don't believe and your grievances show When your soapbox unfolds" imply that the friend isn't as happy about his life as he usually pretends he is. And his yuppie facade is pitiful....BAM!! There's the title and opening lines. The "I just want to know how you've been....Still be my friend" section is about the narrator wanting his friend to get off of his high horse so they can make up and rekindle their friendship.


    I could be entirely wrong.
    takeittakingitoffon January 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti loooved this song since i first heard it! soo fun and upbeat and.. kind of reminds me of cold war kids/beirut?

    luv it kids.
    lisasonodaon February 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok so this friend suddenly feels superior or recently got rich or something haha and is acting egoistic and yea

    bitch.
    lisasonodaon February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think instead of

    "But, please come down from that cloud
    You see at all I don’t expect you to admit that you were wrong"

    that it's "But, please come down from that cloud
    You're sittin on I don’t expect you to admit that you were wrong"
    lisasonodaon February 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsee i think this song is about a guy who broke up with a girl cuz she did him wrong but at the end they remained friends n he hopes he didnt make a mistake for stayin friends
    just my theory.
    warrenaikmenon February 05, 2008   Link

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