Sunday, November 13, 2005

Pack Up Your Sorrows


Richard Farina wrote this song and recorded it often with his wife Mimi. I recently purchased an anthology of their music and I'm delighted with it. Richard's work on the mountain dulcimer is inspiring and Mimi is a great guitar picker. This particular song appears on their album Celebrations for a Gray Day and twice on Memories including a recording with Peter Yarrow or Peter, Paul, and Mary. Each recording is unique.

Those of you who aren't guitarist can ignore anything enclosed in [] straight braces. Those a guitar chords. I hope you enjoy the lyrics.

N[C]o use crying, tal[F]king to a stranger,
N[C]aming the sorrows you've s[G]een.[G7]
T[C]oo many sad times, t[F]oo many bad times,
A[C]nd nobody kn[G7]ows what you m[C]ean.

Chorus:
[C]Ah, but if somehow you could p[F]ack up your sorrows,
[C]And give them all to [G]me,
Y[C]ou would lose them, I[F] know how to use them,
G[C]ive them [G7]all to [C]me.

No use rambling, walking in the shadows,
Trailing a wandering star.
No one beside you, no one to hide you,
Nobody knows where you are.

Chorus.

No use gambling, running in the darkness,
Looking for a spirit that's free.
Too many wrong times, too many long times,
Nobody knows what you see.

Chorus.

No use roaming, lying by the roadside,
Seeking a satisfied mind.
Too many highways, too many byways,
And nobody's walking behind.

Chorus.

This song still gives us something to think about after 40 years.


Copyright 2005 by Mark Leon Winegar

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