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Isn't It a Pity
1970 George Harrison
Back in 1972, Nina Simone was among the first to hear the life and death urgency of Harrison's missive when she cut "Isn't It a Pity" on her quasi-live document, Emergency Ward. Consisting of just four songs, side one pairs "My Sweet Lord" as a medley with the power-poem "Today Is a Killer" by the Last Poets, while side two features "Poppies" (concerned with heroin abuse) and a piano version of "Isn't It a Pity."
Performed in her "High Priestess of Soul Protest" era, Simone connects the dots between Harrison's phrases, leaving no room for doubt about what she perceives to be the pity and shame of it all.
-Denise Sullivan Origin of Song: Bittersweet Tales of "Isn't It a Pity" Crawdaddy Magazine

Recording sessions
1971 February 2-17: New York RCA Manhattan B
shortened version
Isn't it a pity
You don't know what I am talking about yet
But I'm gonna tell you soon
1993 [6:26] CD 14 The Essential RCA 07863-66307-2 (US)
 
Isn't it a pity
You don't know what I am talking about yet
But I'm gonna tell you soon