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Song Parodies -> "World Without Pitney"

Original Song Title:

"Town Without Pity"

Original Performer:

Gene Pitney

Parody Song Title:

"World Without Pitney"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

I had planned to post today only the two other songs that are posted here today, but very late in the day I learned of the death of Gene Pitney, and felt compelled to pay timely tribute. OS lyrics here. MIDI here.
When you're young and growing up, like me
Music-mak-ing "Mecca": Gene Pit-ney [1]
"He's a rebel", yes, it's true [2]
Goodbye, "Hello, Mary Lou" [3}
What's a world without Pitney to do?

"Only love can break a heart", if so: [4]
Why am I so sad to see him go?
How "it hurts to be in love"! [5]
"Rubber ball" has bounced above [6]
Even "Lib-er-ty Val-ance" is blue! [7]

His songs: "half-Heaven
And half-heartache"; [8]
"Twen-ty-four hours: Tul-sa, a-way" [9]
"I'm gonna be strong" [10]
'Spite heartbreak song
"Princess in rags?""That girl belongs to yesterday!" [11] [12][13]

How "I wanna love my life away"! [14]
"Every breath I take", "Sting", homage: pay [15][16]
"If I didn't have a dime" [17]
See him "Backstage" every time [18]
"Looking through the eyes of love" at you [19]
"True love never runs smooth": it's so true! [20]

"She's a heart-break-er", he sings [21]
Gone? "I must be seeing things" [22]
His "last chance to turn around," I rue: [23]
What's a world without Pitney to do? [24]

Now, we're "Spear-ed" with trash like Britney!
To the spirit of Gene Pitney:
Tha-a-ank you!

References: (Gene Pitney performances except as noted)
[1] "Mecca"
[2] "He's A Rebel", written by Gene Pitney; a hit credited to The Crystals, although recorded by The Blossoms, as The Crystals were unavailable at the time.
[3] "Hello, Mary Lou", written and performed by Gene Pitney, although most people know only of covers by Ricky Nelson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, or Queen.
[4] "Only Love Can Break A Heart"
[5] "It Hurts To Be In Love"
[6] "Rubber Ball", a hit for Bobby Vee; lyrics credit often given to Aaron Schroeder/Ann Orlowski
[7] "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance", intended as the theme song for the 1962 John Wayne/Jimmy Stewart movie of the same name, but, oddly enough, not used in the movie.
[8] "Half Heaven, Half Heartache"
[9] "Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa"
[10] "I'm Gonna Be Strong"
[11] "Princess In Rags"
[12] "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday"
[13] The OS line that is replaced here is "Before this clay and granite planet falls apart." How could The Turtle not love anyone who sang phrases such as "granite planet"?
[14] "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away"
[15] "Every Breath I Take"
[16] British singer/songwriter Sting did an homage to this song with The Police's 1983 hit "Every Breath You Take."
[17] "If I Didn't Have A Dime (To Play The Jukebox)"
[18] "Backstage (I'm Lonely)"
[19] "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love"
[20] ""True Love Never Runs Smooth"
[21] "She's A Heartbreaker"
[22] "I Must Be Seeing Things"
[23] "Last Chance To Turn Around"
[24] OS, "Town Without Pity," won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Song in a Motion Picture", and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The movie, released in 1961 and of the same name, featured Kirk Douglas, E. G. Marshall, and Robert Blake.

Gene Francis Alan Pitney was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, South Wales this morning, 5 April 2006, at the age of 65, apparently of natural causes, after having given a concert performance that fans described as "one of his best" the previous evening. For much of his career, he was more popular in the UK than in the US; he also recorded hits in Spanish and Italian. Thanks for much info go to a great source, Wikipedia, and to "Gene Pitney Book", which has links to much more on this versatile musician. © 2006 Tommy Turtle.

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Michael Pacholek - April 06, 2006 - Report this comment
And another one. Great song about something terrible. Although, if that recent album picture showing Pitney having put on a lot of weight is any indication, I should be less surprised.
AFW - April 06, 2006 - Report this comment
What is this? Battling Tributes?...The War of the parodies?...What are the odds of this happening?...did you read my mind, or did I read yours?.....anyhoo....congratulations on a great trib job...yours, is much more elaborate than mine..
Rick C - April 06, 2006 - Report this comment
Beautiful and informative tribute. 555
alvin rhodes - April 06, 2006 - Report this comment
you did your homework
John Barry - April 06, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks for the tribute and the info.
TT - April 06, 2006 - Report this comment
AFW, if I did read minds to get parody ideas, there are a lot worse minds to read than yours. :) The "pity/Pitney" thing always went through my head whenever they played this; I'd Spoonerize/spoof the DJ: "That's 'Town Without Pitney', by Gene Pity". Unfortunately, now true....How about just, "GMTA" (great minds think alike)? Thanks....
Michael P, Rick C, alvin, John B., thanks.
LucidLupin - April 09, 2006 - Report this comment
Good parody. One note re your comments under my Neil Young song though - Neil Young wrote & did the original recording of this song (Only Love Can Break YOUR Heart) as I stated. The Gene Pitney song is completely different - the title is Only Love Can Break A Heart-the lyrics can be found here­ l
TT - April 09, 2006 - Report this comment
LucidLupin, my abject apology is duly posted at your VW Bus Stop(ped). Thanks.
Lifeliver - April 14, 2013 - Report this comment
A nostalgia bonanza. Gene had quite a catalogue. Many of my favorites listed here. A couple more: 'Yesterday's Hero', 'The Boss's Daughter'. Also, loved the Britney barb at the end. Never cared much for his up-tempo stuff; it was the agony torch-ballads that put him in a league of his own, but some pretty and catchy melodies too.

As with LucidLupin's take on 'Only Love Can Break a Heart' and the Neil Young song (no relation and slightly different title), the same goes for 'Every Breath I Take' (kudos for including this obscure EP gem, Goffin-King penned as I recall. The falsetto at the end is, well, breathtaking). Again, no relation and slightly different title to the Police mega-hit. I doubt if any of the band members were aware of the Pitney recording. Same goes even for his fans. 555
Tommy Turtle - April 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Agree that the torchies were the best of the best. Thanks for the kind words. Trivia: When he recorded "Only Love Can Break A Heart", he had a cold or some other hoarseness, but the producer thought that the crackle in his voice actually added to the melodrama, and I agree. Good call, to record it right then.

Very off-topic: I generally avoid "security code" comments, due to the inevitability of coincidences, but "TAX"? (It's Income Tax Day in the US, Chucky Time Zone.) Really? Will they all be that today? Good one, ChuckyG! ;-D

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