Town Without PityWords & Music by Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington
Recorded by Gene Pitney, 1961 (#13
Intro: A9 Am D9 Dm F Bm7-5 E7 (E7) Am A9+5 Am A9+5 Am When you're young and so in love as we, Dm D9 Dm D9 Dm And bewildered by the world we see, Em7 G/B A7 Dm Gm7 Dm7-5 Why do people hurt us so? Only those in love would know C G#m7 Fdim Bm7-5 E7-9 E7 What a town without pity can do. Am A9+5 Am A9+5 Am If we stop to gaze upon a star, Dm D9 Dm D9 Dm People talk about how bad we are. Am7 G/B A7 Dm Gdim Dm7-5 Ours is not an easy age -- we're like tigers in a cage. Dm Dm7 G7 Fdim C What a town without pity can do. Bridge: F C7 Gdim F C7 The young have problems, many problems; Cdim F Bbm7-5 D7sus4 D7 We need an un - der - stand - ing heart. G D7 Fdim G6 Em Why don't they help us, try and help us, Am D [N.C.] G E7-9 Before this clay and granite planet falls apart? E7 Am A9+5 Am A9+5 Am Take these eager lips and hold me fast; Dm D9 Dm D9 Dm I'm afraid this kind of joy can't last. Am7 G/B A7 Dm Gdim Dm7-5 How can we keep love alive? How can any - thing sur - vive C B7 F B7 E7sus 4 E7 When these little minds tear you in two -- FM7 G#7 G7 Bm7-5 C What a town without pity can do. Instrumental Interlude: first 2 lines of verse Am7 G/B A7 Dm Gdim Dm7-5 How can we keep love alive? How can any - thing sur - vive C B7 F B7 E7sus4 E7 When these little minds tear you in two C B7 F B7 E7sus4 E7 What a town without pity can do. Coda: A9 Am Am+7 Am7 Dm7 Bb9 E No, it isn't very pretty what a town without pity Bb9 E7 Am A9 Am Dm D9 Dm Am Bb9 E7 Am Can----- do.
Had I not seen Pitney in the recently-televised induction into the rock and roll hall of fame, I would probably not have given much thought to including this song. But his performance reminded me that it was not the run-of-the-mill early-60s tune in its construction. Within a day or two of that recognition, I got a request for the chart, so here it is.