You waste just about what you choose

Remembering Richard & Mimi Fariña


One of the oldest records I have is this double album by Richard & Mima Fariña, which was released in 1971. Makes me realize how old I am (one way to look at it; but then again blessed are the memories someone younger cannot have…).

Anyone out there remember any of the songs by the Fariñas? Perhaps Pack up your sorrows, which was covered by a few famous people like Johnny Cash/June Carter, Peter, Paul and Mary, Judy Collins and, of course, Mimi’s sister Joan Baez.

Here are the lyrics of one of their best songs:

Reno, Nevada

It’s a long, long way down to Reno, Nevada
And a long, long way to your home.
But the change in your pocket is beginning to grumble
And you reap just about what you’ve sown.
You can walk down the street, pass your face in the window,
You can stop fooling around,
You can work day and night, take a chance on promotion,
You can fall thru a hole in the ground.

Now there ain’t no game like the one you been playing,
When you got a little something to lose.
And there ain’t no time like the time you been wasting;
And you waste just about what you choose.
There’s a man at the table and you know he’s been able
To return all the odds that you lay
But you can’t feed your hunger and you ain’t getting younger
And your tongue ain’t got nothing to say.

It’s a long, long way down to Reno, Nevada
And a long, long way to your home
But the ground underneath you is beginning to tremble,
And the sky up a above you has grown.
There’s a time to be moving and a time to be grooving,
And a time just for climbing the wall
But the odds have been doubled, and it ain’t worth the trouble
And you’re never going nowhere at all.

(Written by Richard Fariña)

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About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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