Don't Pity Me

Performed by Bob Dylan in Joliette, Quebec, July 31 1989 (a one-off).
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem and Jamie Lovinger

On my tape (thanks, Jamie), it sounds as if he actually plays it in F# major. On the other hand, the final chord sounds very much like a G shape chord, which is also much easier to play. I append a version in G major at the end.

The lyrics are full of blanks – the word within brackets are not really meaningful suggestions, just words that sound like what he's singing, mainly to have something to place the chords on...


F#       A#m B       F#
Pity the man got one arm
F#       A#m          B        (F#  first verse only)
pity the woman that's lost her charm
F#    /a# C# D#m B             (first verse: ...D#m C#...)
Don't you pi-ty  me
F# /a# C# D#m  B   F#
Don't     pity me

Pity the child out in the cold
Pity the woman <that back one time let go>
Don't pity me
Don't pity me
B
You got a <little better>

<playin' with me> or <it's plain to see>
G#                C#
So don't you pity me.
Pity the angel, got no way to stay
Pity the <stranger or dancers> getting old and grey
Don't pity me
Don't pity me

You got a <little better>
<If you're playin' with me> or <it's plain to see>
So don't you pity me.

Pity the man got one arm
pity the woman that's lost her charm
Don't pity me
Don't pity me

G        Bm  C       G
Pity the man got one arm
G        Bm           C        (G    first verse only)
pity the woman that's lost her charm
G     /b  D  Em  C
Don't you pi-ty  me
G   /b D Em   C  G
Don't    pity me