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Take Her Out of Pity Lyrics - Original Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio: Their Greatest Hits and Finest Performances

Take Her Out of Pity

I had a sister Sally, she was younger than I am.
Had so many sweethearts, she had to deny them.
But as for sister Sarah, you know she hasn't many.
And if you knew her heart, she'd be grateful for any.

Come a lands man, a pins man, a tinker or a tailor;
doctor, a lawyer, soldier, or sailor.
A rich man, a poor man, a fool or a witty,
don't let her die an old maid but take her out of pity.

We had a sister Sally, she was ugly and misshapen.
By the time she was sixteen years old she was taken.
By the time she was eighteen, a son and a daughter.
Sarah's almost twenty-nine, never had an offer.


She never would be scoldin'. She never would be jealous.
Her husband would have money to go to the alehouse.
He was there a-spendin'. She'd be home a-savin'
and I leave it up to you if she is not worth havin'.


Take Her out of Pity (Shane-Reynolds-Stewart) John Stewart contributed many original tunes to The Kingston Trio, often working in collaboration with Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds. "Take Her out of Pity" is an appealing example of the camaraderie they shared not only as performers, but also as composers. Their 1961 album Close-Up, the first to feature Stewart after he replaced Dave Guard, yielded this gentle jewel.

© 1994 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. © 1994 The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd. © 1994 Reader's Digest Association Far East Ltd. Philippine Copyright 1994 Reader's Digest Association Far East Ltd. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.

The Capitol Years 3: Take Her Out of Pity (Shane/Reynolds/Stewart) 2:36
Master #36382 recorded August 17, 1961
"Take Her Out of Pity" is one of John Stewart's first featured lead vocals with the Trio, and it also boasts the prettiest melodies of the group's many songs. It would be the only track chosen from CLOSE UP to appear on what would eventually become their best all-time selling album, THE BEST OF THE KINGSTON TRIO. The track was also released (in 1962) as part of a new line of "Compact 33" singles (33 1/3 rpm instead of 45) that never caught on with record buyers.
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