Diamonds and Rust Lyrics - Joan Baez

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(Words and Music by Joan Baez)

I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

© 1975 Chandos Music (ASCAP)

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the Great Love | Reviewer: angenieta | 8/17/14

A lot of people can identify , with the love of once life and In many ways I feel that Bob Dylan was that for Joan. Here is your ghost again always appearing when you least want it. that person that one loves for ever but for one reason or another never can live with or has lived with but didn't work out. When she sings this haunting song, she pulls on my heartstrings as I can identify myself with the longing for that lost love, that one that carved into your soul. she sings it with such feeling and the words have so much depth, that it gives that bittersweet feeling of the pain and joy of experiencing true love as they go hand in hand, the depth is equal to its hight.

what a song | Reviewer: kai | 5/28/14

I am a guy and yet I get so sentimental when i hear this song. It takes me back to the lover whom I could have kept as mine and yet lost so many years back. Her words make me want to call her up and talk about the "diamonds" that I miss.

Since High School | Reviewer: Margene M. | 12/29/13

Here I am, still loving this song from high school and I'm a grandmother now. I didn't know that it would be many years before I fell for the man with eyes "bluer than robin eggs" but I felt it. I already had "our song" in case the relationship went no where. But I can't say it didn't go anywhere because it lingers and hangs in my heart.

Rare feelings, rare love | Reviewer: Chloe | 10/17/12

Joan Baez has that warmth in her voice that is rare in most singers. The lyrics of her songs, especially Diamonds and Rust and Blessed Are have so much feeling, it brings tears to your eyes. She is my best singer ever, maybe I am too sentimental.

supreme beauty | Reviewer: daniel j langley | 7/25/12

this song both breaks my heart and inspires me to live life for what it's worth. i love this song and the lady that sings it. such a sweet and beautiful voice.......i would love to meet this woman.....a gift to America.not this song only, mind you ,so many songs of hers are truly wonderful. thank god for this talented lady. your humble listener.....dan langley

Realistic, Nostalgic, Unsung | Reviewer: Lionel Ulloa Jr. | 7/9/11

I've never known about Joan Baez since her classic live performances at Woodstock '69. Caught my eye inmediately nowadays the way singing of Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs)I think Nat was very influcenced her in the vocals. When this song was covered by Judas Priest for recording sessions of Sad Wings of Destiny full-lenght was for me the cherry-topper.

Joan was in the audience last time I saw Bruce Springsteen. He invited her on stage and she went, but was not guided to perform. I wish she would have sang this song...always relevant.
heart-torn forever, sara

the unwashed phenomenon | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/18/09

I love old Joan singing
"if you're offering me diamonds and rust...
... well, I'll take the diamonds!"

She is very touching, and Dylan was never so kind to her in his songs. But when she sings Baby Blue, imitating Dylan's voice with a delighted sarcastic glint in her eyes... she really looks like a winner.

diamonds too rust, dont they? | Reviewer: Babitha Marina Justin | 1/10/08

One of the songs which is really close to my heart. its sheer poetry here and the ease with which pain is changed to sarcasm is just like twirling a moustache :-). once my friend remarked that its a song for sentimental fools. rather be a sentimental fool than and be a detached one. LOL

Another of the continuing repartee | Reviewer: Twisted Fiction Writer | 11/16/07

Read the lyrics for "Simple Twist of Fate" and learn that Joan answers that here, or at least that is part of the song - "that crummy hotel...".

Joan and Bob drifted apart, yet in a way never parted company.

Nive song ever | Reviewer: hocaili | 5/13/07

Something come to me when i heard this song.Her voice is beautiful ever

Love Song | Reviewer: Michael | 8/27/05

This is a very good love song. For those young to remember (Joan who?) it is autobiographical and the man she is singing it to is Bob Dylan.

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