Best or Worst Post-Elvis Pop/Rock/Soul Record or Song With the Word(s) Sorrow or Pity (or Variants Thereof) in the Title or Lyrics!!!
Self-explanatory, I think, and no arbitrary rules whatsoever, you're welcome very much.
And my totally top of my head Top Eight are:
8. Richard and Linda Thompson -- Calvary Cross
"A black cat crossed your path
And why don't you follow?
My claw's in you and my light's in you
This is your first day of sorrow"
Absolutely spine-chilling on every level; frankly, there are some days when I think that's the most magnificent song/record ever made. And the whole fricking album is that great.
I should add that an intertube asshole I have had words with over the years is fond of saying that rock is what you get when white boys take out everything interesting from the blues. That is, of course, a spectacularly ignorant claim in and of itself, but obviously he never heard the above. As I said -- he's an asshole.
7. Otis Redding -- Mr. Pitiful
One of my favorite Otis records, and whenever I hear it I want to say to him -- I know the feeling.
5. Gene Pitney -- Town Without Pity
Here rendered as "Bleib Bei Mir," because frankly this one could only sound more over the top melodramatic in the original German.
4. Faith No More -- Last Cup of Sorrow
To be honest, I thought these guys were kind of overrated back in the day, and I don't much care for the song. But the homage to Hitchcock's Vertigo in this video has always kind of tickled me.
3. The Lovin' Spoonful -- Only Pretty What a Pity
An uncharacteristically nasty song from the group that practically invented the concept of Good Time Music. Written and sung by Spoonful drummer Joe Butler, who when I interviewed him about the tune allowed it was inspired by a real woman of the band's acquaintance. "Everyone except a baby/answers for the face they wear" has always struck me as one of the most chillingly poetic lines in rock history.
2. The Merseys -- Sorrow
The sadly better known David Bowie cover of this is one of the only things on Pin-Ups I can tolerate, but the original is still the greatest.
2. Weezer -- This is Such a Pity
Because, as you know, we like to have something recorded in this century. A pretty cool song in any case.
And the Numero Uno miserabilist song of them all, please let's not quibble about this, is --
1. Warren Zevon -- Poor Poor Pitiful Me
The live version from the fabulous Stand in the Fire, which, although spirited, omits the great line about the girl at the Rainbow Bar who asks Zevon to beat her -- "I don't want to talk about it." On the other hand, it compensates with the bit where he yells at his road manager to get up and dance.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR favorites be?