Dedications, Requiems, Tributes, etc.


Caroline Doctorow: Carmel Valley Ride
Narrow Lane Records, 2003.

"This recording was inspired by the life and work of Mimi and Richard Fariña."
This CD doesn't exactly tell the story of Richard & Mimi, at least not in chronological order. Its approach is impressionistic, like a Virginia Woolf novel, creating a few scenes and conveying a mood rather than telling the whole story. Although only the first half of the CD is concerned with the Fariñas, Caroline Doctorow's fondness for them is touching. This is a pleasant CD in a modern folk-pop style and has some beautiful artwork.

Joan Baez: Dark Chords on a Big Guitar
Koch Records (8622) October 2003.

This album is dedicated, in part, "to the memory of my sister, Mimi."


Joan Baez: "Pack Up Your Sorrows"/"Swallow Song"
Amadeo International (A VRS 21355) 1966.

This Austrian picture sleeve version of the Vanguard single has a caption that reads, "Joan Baez would like to dedicate this record to the memory of her brother-in-law Richard Fariña." I don't know if the U.S. version of the single ever had a picture sleeve to bear the dedication.
Click here to see a bigger picture.


"Children of Darkness"
Joan Baez: Joan.
Vanguard (VMD-79240) August 1967.

Joan's version of "Children of Darkness" was "dedicated to Richard Fariña's friends in Carmel Valley."

"Summer Sorrow"
Jonathan and Leigh: Third and Main.
Vanguard (79257) 1967.

This Vanguard folk duo doesn't sound particularly like Richard and Mimi; they are perhaps more similar to Ian and Sylvia. They only recorded this one album, which includes the song "Summer Sorrow." Written by Jonathan Alden (who also plays electric dulcimer), the lyrics are a sombre meditation on mortality. There is no specific reference to the Fariñas, but it was dedicated to the bereaved Mimi. For more info on this intriguing duo, see

"Catch It"
Eric von Schmidt: Who Knocked the Brain Out of the Sky?
Smash/Mercury (SRS 67124) 1969.

"Catch It" is a remonstrative song addressed to Richard. The printed lyrics include the caption, "For Dick who left the scene too damn soon."
Click here for the lyrics and more info.

"Catch It"
Geoff & Maria Muldaur: Pottery Pie
Reprise (RS-6350) 1970.

Geoff and Maria, who were also friends with the Fariñas, recorded von Schmidt's song "Catch It" the following year.

"Sweet Sir Galahad"
Joan Baez: One Day at a Time
Vanguard (VSD-79310) January 1970.

"Sweet Sir Galahad," one of the first songs Joan wrote and also one of her most beautiful, tells the story of Richard's death, Mimi's grief, and her second marriage, to Milan Melvin. Live versions of "Sweet Sir Galahad" can be found on Woodstock 2 and Ring Them Bells. The lyrics to this song are on Joan's website.

"Sweet Sir Galahad"
Gary & Randy Scruggs: All The Way Home
Vanguard (6538) 1970.

Gary and Randy Scruggs also recorded Joan's song.

"Spring Season: Requiem for Richard Fariña"
Roger Nicholson: Nonesuch for Dulcimer
Trailer (LER 3034) 1972.

The liner notes describe the song thus: "A short piece in the ionian mode with mixolydian overtones. The dulcimer is chorded and played with a counter-point bass line." This seems to have been one of the first dulcimer albums in the UK.

"Firenze: Melody for Richard and Mimi"
Various Artists: Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project
Biscuit City (BC1314) 1977.

"Firenze" is performed by Albert d'Ossche and Robert Force. They are the authors of In Search of the Wild Dulcimer, which was also dedicated to Richard (see below). There is also a song on this album called "Pack Up Your Liver" by Michael Rugg (with Michael Hubbert on violin), which is a variation on the melody of "Pack Up Your Sorrows." "Firenze" reappeared in a slightly different version on The Art of the Dulcimer (Kicking Mule, 1981).

"There Once Was a Lad"
Will Marston. Unreleased.

This is a touching song about Fariña based on "Birmingham Sunday". The lyrics are printed on the author's website at along with a discussion of Fariña's song, its traditional source, and other related songs.

"Richard's Wake"
Jon Kay: October Dreams
(Originally released in 1991)
John Kay explains the origin of this song:
"Richard's Wake was inspired by Richard Farina's tune "Tuileries", which I often tried to play but could not remember the actual melody. So, this composition is based upon years of improvising on the Farina tune, until there are very few actual remnants of the original melody. The title "Richard's Wake" is intended to have a double meaning. A wake as in a celebration of life when someone passes. Farina died young; however his musical influenced shaped a generation of dulcimer players. And like the "wake" of a stone thrown into a lake his contribution to dulcimer playing continues to impact players today. While working on this project, I met Mimi Farina, the widow of Richard. I picked her up at the airport and chaufered her around Bloomington, Indiana for a weekend where she was performing. I think this experience encouraged me to originally call this recording "Richard's Wake"."

"Few That Know Me Well."
Ed Rashed: Big Book of Love
Big Treehouse Records (BTR001) 2001.

The liner notes explain "Few That Know Me Well" thus:
"In which a wandering spirit finds his former 'other half' doing alright without him. What's it all about? You tell me. The dream that the song arrived in never answered all the questions. For Richard and Mimi Fariña, who inspired the dream."
The lyrics to this song are on Ed Rashed's website at and a little more info behind the song is at

"Don't You Want To Be There,"
Jackson Browne: The Naked Ride Home.
Elektra (62793) September 2002.

Jackson Browne wrote "Don't You Want To Be There" for Mimi and sung it at her funeral at Grace Cathedral. The lyrics can be found at

"Here Comes the Rainbow Again"
Kris Kristofferson: Broken Freedom Song: Live from San Francisco
Oh Boy (25) July 8, 2003

Kristofferson had released "Here Comes the Rainbow Again" as a single back in 1981. This live version is dedicated to Mimi: "I want to sing it tonight for Mimi Fariña--and Bread & Roses."

"O Evangeline"
Emmylou Harris: Stumble into Grace
Nonesuch (79805) September 27, 2003

Emmylou Harris explained the origin of this song in Rolling Stone magazine (September 16, 2003): "I was working on the song and I started thinking about the journey that we make, especially from the point of view of women. Sometimes someone gets frozen in time at a particular moment in your mind. When I think of Mimi I tend to think of a beautiful young girl who lost the love of her life on her twenty-first birthday, and people tend to think of that as the end of the story. But she actually had an extraordinary life and helped so many people very quietly."


David A. DeTurk and A. Poulin, Jr., editors: The American Folk Scene: Dimensions of the Folksong Revival.
New York: Dell, July, 1967.

This anthology of essays bears the following dedication:
To: Woody Guthrie
Pete Seeger

And in Memory of:
Richard Fariña
Peter LaFarge
The collection included Fariña's article, "Baez and Dylan: A Generation Singing Out," which was originally published in Mademoiselle and has been anthologized many times since.

Albert Baez: New College Physics: A Spiral Approach. D.H. Freeman and Company, 1967.
The dedication is as follows:

David Shetzline: DeFord. New York: Random House, 1968.
Shetzline was a friend of both Fariña and Pynchon back at Cornell. His novel, DeFord, bears the following dedication:


Richard Fariña, who was killed in the spring of his
twenty-ninth year by a motorcycle, Carmel, 1966.

Fariña, Fariña, how goddamn unlike you, Richard,
to leave us feeling so suddenly sober and alone.

Jonathan Eisen (editor): The Age of Rock, New York: Vintage, 1969.
This collection of essays bears the dedication, "In memory of Richard Fariña."
None of the essays in this volume were about Fariña, but it did include his essay, "Baez and Dylan: A Generation Singing Out."

Ruth Nichols: The Marrow of the World.
Toronto: Macmillan, 1972.

This is a fantasy novel written for young people, with beautiful illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman. It bears the following dedication:

To Richard Fariña
The running sands recall the time

Thomas Pynchon: Gravity's Rainbow.
New York: Viking, March 1973.

Pynchon's gargantuan opus, considered one of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century, bears the dedication, "For Richard Fariña."

Robert Force and Albert d'Ossché: In Search of the Wild Dulcimer.
New York: Vintage Books, 1974. Illustrated by Carole Palmer.

This dulcimer instruction book bears the following dedication:
Dedicated to
who taught us through their music

Special thanks to our friend J.R. Beall

The list of recommended records in the back stated, "Contemporary dulcimer music is best exemplified by the work of Mimi and Richard Fariña. These albums are really unique and the music is bright and lyrical."

Joe Queenan: Balsamic Dreams: A Short But Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation.
New York: Henry Hold and Company, 2001.

A tongue-in-cheek tirade against the Baby Boomers' evolution from activism to suburban comfort. The lengthy eight-page acknowledgments include the following section:

"In analyzing the whys and wherefores of my generation, I have drawn heavily on the works of Franz Kafka, Herman Hesse, Carlos Castenada, Don Henley, Werner Heisenberg, Immanuel Kant, Sigmund Freud, David Brooks, Richard Brautigan, Joni Mitchell, Richard and Mimi Fariña, Frantz Fanon, Eldridge Cleaver...." etc.

Michael Samuels and Mary Rockwood Lane: Shaman Wisdom, Shaman Healing: The Secrets of Deepening Your Ability to Heal With Visionary and Spiritual Tools and Practices.
Wiley, 2003.

In a long list of acknowledgments, the authors thank Mimi "for healing art."


"Richard Fariña."
By Rod McKuen. From his first book, Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows, Random House, 1966. Pages 45-47. This poem is dedicated to Mimi. Like Fariña, McKuen is both a poet and a folksinger. He has graciously allowed me to print this poem here:

                                       For Mimi

He died as though
he’d read his own book
and believed that folks should die that way.

                           They shouldn’t you know.
Especially the poetic few
who say so much for all of us
with knotted tongues.

These men should die in poppy fields
old and withered, used up, done,
their last days spent as children once again.

Twenty-nine is young enough to dig a well
and sow at least a dozen kids
and leave another song or so for us to sing
and hike a half a dozen hills.
Poets after all should walk
and be content to take their time.

But when you straddle a machine
to race along the sea
you should be prepared to die
when the machine dies
                     under you.

I hope he was.

November 5, 1966

Please visit Rod McKuen's website at
His comments on this poem can be found here:

"The Hillock and the Holly."
By David Mitchell. Dedicated to Richard Fariña.

"For Mimi : Bread and Roses."
By David Mitchell.

[untitled poem for Mimi]
By Joan Baez.

If, at storm's end
The sun prances through your heart as it does mine
Then all the catastrophic moments of this life will fade
Past the here and now, to the trails of Tamalpais,
Where we walked
Amid where we will find again
The heart's calm, the silent glade,
And a meeting place for you and me
Who came to know each other finally.

"Just a Little Less Time"
By Tom Bourne.
The poem appeared in the now defunct website.

"Been Up So Long"
By Hammond Guthrie
From Jack Magazine vol. 1, no. 4 (

"Been Up So Long"
For Mimi Farina

As it has been,
Some petite flowers
Climb the hardest walls

Of Bread & Roses--

Of sweet memories time unstaged,
And we can see the trees from here.