"Diamonds on the Inside" as written by and Ben Harper....
I knew a girl
Her name was truth
She was a horrible liar.

She couldn't spend one day alone
But she couldn't be satisfied.

When you have everything,
You have everything to lose.
She made herself
A bed of nails
And she's plannin' on puttin' it to use.

'Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
Diamonds

A candle throws its light into the darkness
In a nasty world,so shines the good deed
Make sure the fortune, that you seek
Is the fortune you need.

So tell me why, the first to ask, is the last to give, every time
What you say and do not mean
Follow too close behind

'Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
Diamonds

Like a soldier standing long under fire
Any change comes as a relief.
Let the giver's name remain unspoken
For she is just a generous thief.

But she had diamonds on the inside
'Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds
Oh diamonds
She had diamonds
She wore diamonds
Diamonds


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"Diamonds on the Inside" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General Commenthere goes my interpretation of this song

    her name was truth but she was a horrible liar.
    society gives names opposite to the reallity usually only connected to the outter and most superficial appearence forgetting about the essence. Those who have those names think of themselves being that way even if they're not. that takes them to make things and ask for things that aren't what they need, as so they will never be satisfied. They can´t reach what they need maybe because they don´t know what that is.

    she has everything she asks for (mostly things she doesn't need) and, that can be lost easly. it makes no sense trying to achieve everytinhg if in that sarch we lose it all.

    she made herself a bed of nails, and she's planning on putting it to use.
    i thnk that is like the consequence of what's behind, the only way of survivng in this environment is becoming nails... i don't know if that meens shallow and superficial or if that means meen and angry, maybe both.
    she plans on using it to survive but i think BH gives the idea that she can't because she has diamonds in the inside , she is superior. to me diamonds are only related to the beauty, i can't include the meaning of a hard rock. i think this song is all about the inner beauty contrasting with what society can makes your outter appearence into, even if you're good on th inside.



    A candle throws its light into the darkness
    In a nasty world so shines a good deed
    Make sure the fortune that you seek
    Is the fortune that you need
    Tell me why the first to ask
    Is the last to give every time
    What you say and do not mean
    Follows you close behind

    it is showing the same ideas. a little shine (diamonds on the inside) in a nasty world is a great thing. but now he is trying to give us the solutions to not fall in th things that she would have if she hadn't diamonds on th inside: we must search only for what we need; we should think of giving even if we don't think of asking, the so called giving without expecting something in return (its a proverb here in portugal =P);we must say what we feel, and what we are, don't hide anything don't lie about anything.

    Like the soldier long standing under fire
    Any change comes as a relief
    Let the giver's name remain unspoken
    She is just a generous thief

    now he is talking about his own expectations:
    he is under this fire (the influences of the society) for a long time and he sees everyone being sucked into this machine. as so, a small change is a relief. let the giver's name remain unspoken once he is not expecting anytinhg, he is just a generous thief. I agree as this being an oximeron and i think it resumes the whole song.we must be generous, giving without expecting even if the society directs us to being thiefs(asking for everytinhg even if we don't deserve it, even if we don't need it, giving nothing in return)
    MinervaNXon December 29, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationthe first time i ever heard this song, it brought tears to my eyes.
    simply because it hit so close to home.

    this interpretation could be totally off, here goes;

    "I knew a girl, Her name was truth. She was a horrible liar" --being a bad liar usually signifies that you're a good person, that at some point you may feel obligated to say what people wanna hear but it pains you to do so &&because of this, you're easily given away.

    "She couldn't spend one day alone, But she couldn't be satisfied" --to me this line means she's got much to offer, and longs to share this insane amount of love. but she settles for less because she has yet to find someone worthy.

    "When you have everything, You have everything to lose" --this line is about materialism, it's about having everything you could ever ask for, [the american dream, if you will] but not having a damn thing to keep you warm at night.

    "She made herself a bed of nails, And she's planning on putting it to use" --this line is saying that she creates her own struggles. it means she won't allow herself to be happy because perhaps she doesn't think/know she deserves to be.

    "But she had diamonds on the inside.." --this line [also the title], is the simplest yet most significant. diamonds are considered the most beautiful of minerals. it is often times a gift given to express love. to have diamonds on the inside means her true beauty lies beneath. it means that anyone willing to dig, will find it rewarding.

    "A candle throws its light into the darkness, In a nasty world so shines a good deed" --this line means that the tiniest of good deeds can bring warmth to a cold world.

    "Make sure the fortune that you seek, Is the fortune that you need" --fortune can mean either wealth or good luck. so this line, to me, is saying to pursue happiness &&take every opportunity you're given to get you what you really want in life.

    "Tell me why the first to ask, Is the last to give every time" --this line is about selfishness. it's about always wanting but never giving.

    "What you say and do not mean, Follows you close behind" --this lines means is a continuation of the whole 'terrible liar' quote, it's about regretting to say the words that are really on your mind

    "Like the soldier long standing under fire, Any change comes as a relief" --this line is about struggle, it's about being sticking it out and hoping for the best.

    "Let the giver's name remain unspoken, She is just a generous thief" --this line is about giving, while expecting nothing in return. it's saying that she's willing to give it all, if she can steal the right man's heart.

    she had diamonds on the inside..
    this song is me, hands down.

    jewels91on August 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about a girl and even tho she is all the things he said, shes beautiful on the inside. Its a love song
    Rageron March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about a girl and even tho she is all the things he said, shes beautiful on the inside. Its a love song
    Rageron March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me this song has multiple meanings one being the obvious that it is a girl who literally can't be without her man at any time but also isn't happy with anything he does. the other being what mkfanatic said about maybe its a generalization about society itself and how self-centered and materialistic it has become, how no one does anything for others anymore because their own agendas seem more important than the greater good. as far as the "she's made herself a bed of nails, and she's planning on putting it to use" line i think its a continuation of the start of the song and the one girl who is seeming to hurt herself on purpose or perhaps even of society hurting itself.
    spreheon December 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA candle throws its light into the darkness
    In a nasty world so shines a good deed
    Make sure the fortune that you seek
    Is the fortune that you need

    i love that part...

    i reckon this song is about how some girls pretend to be all tough and bitchy and shit...(like goths) but deep down they are beautifl ppl..."she's got diamonds on the inside"

    i dont know...i hope thats what it means...i love that meening!...lol
    Bharperon June 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment I like jewels91's interpretation :) this song is so beautiful
    MsJad44on August 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, let it be know that I would "do" Ben Harper in a heartbeat. I know I am not alone.

    I think this song is having to do with someone who has "good energy". This is a quality that radiates from within- just like a face is a "window to the soul". It is entirely evident when someone feels happy and good about life and herself. Diamonds on the inside means that she is "sparkling" and can't hide the fact that she loves life and people. She made herself "a bed of nails" and she put it to use. She was willing to hurt herself to let someone know how much she cared about them. She put herself through pain in order to let him be aware of her love FOR HIM. Isn't that beautiful?

    I love this song.
    unheinoushighnesson December 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy has no-one commented on this song?!
    podson November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it is one of those songs that is soo pretty I cry even if there's nothing wrong when I hear it. There is so much good in this song. "couldn't spend one day alone, couldn't be satisfied" - to me that;s about wanting a good relationship and settling for less.. "Let the giver's name remain unspoken She is just a generous thief" - that line is so deep, generous thief.. seems like an oxymoron, then you think about it and see how that could be
    xinniefulon February 01, 2005   Link

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