Mr. Pitiful
Otis Redding Lyrics


Call me Mr. Pitiful
Baby, that's my name now, oh
Call me Mr. Pitiful, that's how I got my fame
But people just don't understand, now
What makes a man feel so blue
Ooh, they call me Mr Pitiful 'cause I lost someone just like you, yeah

They call me Mr. Pitiful
This, everybody know now
They call me Mr. Pitiful most every place I go
But nobody seems to understand now
How can a man sing such a sad song, now
Ooh, when he lost everything, when he lost everything that he had

How can I explain to you
When somebody had been so very blue?
How can I tell you about my past
If all things won't end?

Mr Pitiful
That's my name now
They call me Mr. Pitiful, that's how I got my fame
But nobody seems to understand now
Ooh, what make a man feel so blue
They call me Mr. Pitiful 'cause I'm in love with you

Can I explain to you?
Everything is going wrong
I've lost everything I had
And I have to sing these sad songs to get back to her
And I want you
And I want you
And I want you
And I want you
And I want to tell you everything that, everything that's going through my mind
Sing, and I want to sing
And I want to sing this song with you
And I'm gonna sing this song to everybody
'Cause I want them to understand what I talkin' about
I want you to understand what I'm sayin'

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Written by: OTIS REDDING, STEVE CROPPER

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Rulas Rules

Call me Mr. Pitiful
Baby, that's my name now, oh
Call me Mr. Pitiful, that's how I got my fame
But people just don't understand, now
What makes a man feel so blue
Ooh, they call me Mr Pitiful 'cause I lost someone just like you, yeah

They call me Mr. Pitiful
This, everybody know now
They call me Mr. Pitiful most every place I go
But nobody seems to understand now
How can a man sing such a sad song, now
Ooh, when he lost everything, when he lost everything that he had

How can I explain to you
When somebody had been so very blue?
How can I tell you about my past
If all things won't end?

Mr Pitiful
That's my name now
They call me Mr. Pitiful, that's how I got my fame
But nobody seems to understand now
Ooh, what make a man feel so blue
They call me Mr. Pitiful…



All comments from YouTube:

Jahari Kenyanna

I’m 14 and my friends say I have an old soul cause I always play old music 😭 I’m glad I have an old soul

Ajeje Brazorf

Don't listen to them, continue to listen and discover this music. Start to play an instrument :)

stephen jones

@Jay Royce did you drop out of school in first grade? No idea what you're saying.

stephen jones

you are not an old soul. you just have good taste and like good music.

Coswy

I’m 13, I can understand u. But I’m a “singer” too so when I sing this song they don’t care...no, I don’t care

Brooke Evans

Me too!!!

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Matt Phebus

"Mr. Pitiful" was recorded in December 1964 at the Stax studios. The song was written by guitarist Steve Cropper and singer Otis Redding, his first collaboration with Cropper, as a response to a statement made by radio disc jockey Moohah Williams, when he nicknamed Redding as "Mr. Pitiful", because of sounding pitiful when singing ballads. Cropper heard this and had the idea to write a song with that name when taking a shower. Cropper then asked Redding in a car how he felt about this idea, and soon after they recorded the song in about 10 minutes. 

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I love when you learn the background of a song and it takes on a whole new meaning

Natalie Foster

One of my faves from him. I walk around the house singing it and my husband finally figured it was Otis Redding and let me finish since I'm a huge fan

Tom Blumenfeld

@Elizabeth Theo He probably meant it as a compliment. The subject was sad songs.

Flute64

Otis Redding, love they honesty in the tune. Voice full of feeling.
Reall interesting to know the history of the makings of the song.
Thank-you. Mat Phebus ☺🎺🎸🎤🎹🎼

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