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  • Good Self-Pity Songs

    Posted by David Foster on March 26th, 2014 (All posts by )

    Rambler, Gambler by Ian and Sylvia

    Poor Poor Pitiful Me, Linda Ronstadt

    Poor Poor Pitiful Me, Warren Zevon

    Dublin in the Rare Old Times, The Dubliners

    I Who Have Nothing, Ben E King

    Acres of Corn, Iris DeMent / Tom Russell

     

    Others?

     

    28 Responses to “Good Self-Pity Songs”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams

    2. MikeK Says:

      Ruby, don’t take your love to town Kenny Rogers.

    3. MikeK Says:

      You licked a fine time to leave me, Lucille Kenny Rogers.

    4. William Newman Says:

      ISTR something from Hee Haw with the refrain “doom, despair, and agony on me.” Does that count?

    5. Grurray Says:

      Tuesday’s Gone

    6. MikeK Says:

      “On my own” by Carol Bayer Sager. I’m listening to it now.

    7. Whitehall Says:

      “Things Have gone to Pieces” by Van Morrison, covering a George Jones song.

      “Make the World Go Away” – very powerful on the sound track for “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”

    8. Vader Says:

      Shotgun Blues

    9. Mitch Says:

      “Nobody loves me, everybody hates me,
      Think I’ll go eat worms.”

      I’ve always wanted to do a punk cover of that.

    10. Owen Says:

      “Sloe Gin”, Joe Bonamassa, written by Bob Ezrin/Michael Kamen

      “Sloe gin, sloe gin
      Trying to wash away the pain inside
      Well I’m sick and I’m all done in
      Standing in the rain
      And I feel like I’m gonna die
      I’m so damn lonely – ain’t even high…”

      Several Youtube versions available, about 8 minutes

    11. Subotai Bahadur Says:

      IF you approach it with the right sarcastic and morbid state of mind; in view of our economy and body politic …

      “Happy days are here again” [Democrat party theme].

      Subotai Bahadur

    12. Gringo Says:

      Woody Guthrie singing I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore. These days, the ideology comes through more than it did when I was younger.

      Which led me to discover I Got no Iphone.

      Billy Bragg also sings “I Ain’t Got no Home..,” but I prefer Woody’s version. Which reminds me that three months before the fall of the Berlin Wall, I bought a used cassette of Billy Bragg songs, one of which was “The Internationale.” At the time, his singing this song was in full-fledged support of the ideology that the regimes behind the Iron Curtain followed. Which made listening to the song after November 1989 rather amusing.

      There is a more recent version of Billy Bragg singing The Internationale at Pete Seeger 90th Birthday Concert in 2009. In the video, Billy Bragg informs the audience that 20 years ago, he and Pete Seeger were at the Vancouver Folk Festival when Pete informed Billy Bragg that he was going to dedicate The Internationale “in memory of the protestors at Tianamen Square.” Given Pete Seeger’s support of Stalinism in previous decades, I found it rather amusing that he would dedicate a song used by Stalinists to support those struggling against latter day Stalinism.

      Doublethink, doublethink, doublethink. Three times.

    13. JAL Says:

      The Cowboy Rides Away George Strait.

    14. Sgt. Mom Says:

      How about “Mr. Lonely” – Bobby Vinton. That’s a real wallow in self-pity.

      Lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
      I have nobody for my own
      I am so lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
      Wish I had someone to call on the phone

      Now I’m a soldier, a lonely soldier
      Away from home through no wish of my own
      That’s why I’m lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
      I wish that I could go back home

      Letters, never a letter
      I get no letters in the mail
      I’ve been forgotten, yes, forgotten
      Oh how I wonder, how is it I failed

      Now I’m a soldier, a lonely soldier
      Away from home through no wish of my own
      That’s why I’m lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely
      I wish that I could go back home

    15. Grurray Says:

      That reminds me of this one

      One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) by Sinatra

    16. Assistant Village Idiot Says:

      Excellent offerings all. I played in a band in college which ended up singing mostly heartbreakers – cry-in-your-beer songs.

      You can cure it with this, by John Denver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16AzQcd5-wg

    17. De Officiis Says:

      “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan

      That song always got to me when I was a kid.

    18. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      The hell with this pity party. How ’bout some Nice Surf Music instead??

    19. Jason In LA Says:

      Whipping Post –Allman Brothers

      I been run down, I been lied to,
      I don’t know why I let that mean woman make me a fool.
      She took all my money, wrecked my new car.
      Now she’s with one of my goodtime buddies,
      They’re drinkin’ in some crosstown bar.

      Sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel,
      Like I been tied to the whipping post,
      Tied to the whipping post,
      Tied to the whipping post,
      Good lord, I feel like I’m dyin’.

      My friends tell me, that I’ve been such a fool,
      And I have to stand by and take it baby, all for lovin’ you.
      Drown myself in sorrow, and I look at what you’ve done.
      But nothin’ seems to change, the bad times stay the same,
      And I can’t run

    20. Jonathan Says:

      To every thing there is a season

      A time for fish, a time for bicycles

      A time for pity parties, a time for surf music

      And always time for lunch

    21. Whitehall Says:

      “Mama Tried” by Merl Haggard

      “I turned 21 in prison,
      Serving life without prole.
      Mama tried to raise me better,
      but her pleading I denied.
      I’ve no one else to blame
      “Cause Mama tried.”

    22. arcs Says:

      No One Cares About Me – John Mellencamp

      Hurt – Johnny Cash

    23. grey eagle Says:

      amy winehouse ‘i’m no good’

      1920-1921 crash: ‘ain’t we got fun’

      There’s nothing sure
      The rich get rich and the poor get poor
      In the meantime, in between time
      Ain’t we got fun? C’mon

      Every little summer, every little winter
      Don’t we got fun?
      Twins and cares, dear, come in pairs, dear
      Still we have fun

      When I first saw you
      I had but one thought
      And then you chased me
      Oh, until you were caught

      Ain’t we got fun?
      Ain’t we got fun, fun, fun?

      I’m not too clever
      But I might just say those words over
      Thank you, kind sir, I don’t mind, sir
      Ain’t we got fun?

      Our rent’s unpaid, dear
      And we haven’t a bus
      But smiles were made, dear
      Oh, for people like us

      There’s nothing sure
      The rich get rich and the poor get poor
      In the meantime, in between time
      Ain’t we got fun? C’mon

    24. David Foster Says:

      Speaking of depression songs, this one is from the Great Depression:

      Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?

    25. dasch Says:

      I keep hearin’ you’re concerned about my happiness
      But all that thought you’re givin’ me is conscience I guess
      If I was walkin’ in your shoes, I wouldn’t worry none
      While you ‘n’ your friends are worried about me I’m havin’ lots of fun

      Countin’ flowers on the wall
      That don’t bother me at all
      Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
      Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
      Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

      Last night I dressed in tails, pretended I was on the town
      As long as I can dream it’s hard to slow this swinger down
      So please don’t give a thought to me, I’m really doin’ fine
      FLOWERS ON THE WALL — The Statler Brothers

      You can always find me here, I’m havin’ quite a time

      Countin’ flowers on the wall
      That don’t bother me at all
      Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
      Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
      Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

      It’s good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright
      Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light
      And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete
      So I must go back to my room and make my day complete

      Countin’ flowers on the wall
      That don’t bother me at all
      Playin’ solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty-one
      Smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ Captain Kangaroo
      Now don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

      Don’t tell me I’ve nothin’ to do

    26. George Weinberg Says:

      Pulled into Nazereth, was feeling ’bout half past dead
      just looking for a place where I could lay my head
      “hey mister can you tell me where a man might find a bed?”
      He just grinned and shook my hand
      “No” was all he said

    27. Gringo Says:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Wp2cmL-gEM Emmylou Harris and Mary Black: Green Hills of West Virginia. I don’t know if this is a “feel sorry for myself” song, but it brings tears to my eyes.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5T5Gt-_0Lw Wildwood Flower w Carter Family. Ditto comment.
      Let’s see if this comment passes the spam-o-meter. Previous comment did not,

    28. Stephen Snell Says:

      Mr. Pitiful, Otis Redding

      My Friend, Jimi Hendrix

      Just My Imagination, The Temptations