"Reno" as written by and James Michael/kimball Reyne....
She took off her stockings, I held them to my face.
She had your ankles, I felt filled with grace.
"Two hundred dollars straight in,
Two-fifty up the ass," she smiled and said.
She unbuckled my belt, pulled back her hair,
And sat in front of me on the bed.
She said, "Honey how's that feel, do you want me to go slow?"
My eyes drifted out the window, down to the road below.

I felt my stomach tighten. The sun bloodied the sky
And sliced through the hotel blinds. I closed my eyes.
Sunlight on the Amatitlan, sunlight streaming through your hair.
In the Valle de dos Rios, smell of mock orange filled the air.
We rode with the vaqueros, down into cool rivers of green.
I was sure the work and that smile coming out 'neath your hat
Was all I'd ever need.
Somehow all you ever need's, never really quite enough you know.
You and I, Maria, we learned it's so.

She slipped me out of her mouth, "You're ready," she said.
She took off her bra and panties, wet her finger, slipped it inside her,
And crawled over me on the bed.
She poured me another whiskey,
Said, "Here's to the best you ever had."
We laughed and made a toast.
It wasn't the best I ever had,
Not even close.

Lyrics submitted by Monkeywrench74

"Reno" as written by Bruce Springsteen

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General CommentThere are a few things to take into consideration when analyzing the meaning of this song. First off, in a nutshell, it is about a man who finds himself having sex with a prostitute in a Reno hotel room. The first part of the song is pretty obvious, as they negotiate a deal and she begins to perform oral sex on him. We get the first indication that something isn't right with the lyric "My eyes drifted out the window and down to the road below". Here is this quite probably beautiful woman performing an intimate act on him, and yet his attention his elsewhere. Where?
    The Boss then tells us in the second part of the song..."Sunlight on the Amatitlan...we rode with the vaqueros...sunlight streaming through your hair". He is daydreaming, drifting away to thoughts and memories of another woman, possibly a wife or longterm partner. Perhaps she has died or they let their love slip away. While the prostitute continues her act, all the protagonist can think about our precious moments and images shared with his true love.
    We then return to the hotel room and they have sex. Later, the prostitute toasts him with a whiskey and congratulates him on the "best you ever had". The protagonist simply smiles to himself and admits that it wasn't the best, it didn't compare to the love and passion he shared with his love. Sex with the prostitude is "not even close" to what he shared previously with Maria.

    As many of us know, the art of making love and experiencing satisfing, fulfilling sex is only 10% physical and 90% mental/emotional. The protagonist does not have his heart and mind in the hotel room...the sex is a cold, clinical physical act..and at the end of it, he is left with an empty, hollow feeling of loss, regret and void for Maria.
    BlueMonkeyon November 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA long drawn out analysis of this song is not needed. It's simply about a man thinking back on a lost love (lost for whatever reason) while having an encounter with a common street hooker.
    iamveryartsyon May 02, 2008   Link

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