"Diamonds And Rust" as written by and Baez....
Well 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
My 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
Oh and 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 leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that 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 are always so good with words
And at keeping things vague

Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all coming back too clearly
Oh I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

Diamonds and rust
Diamonds and rust
Diamonds and rust


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"Diamonds and Rust" as written by Joan Baez

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    General CommentWow--I'm surprised there isn't many comments for any of Blackmore's songs. They're lyrics and music is so pretty, well, maybe it's just me then. This song is one of my favorites of theirs, it's meaning is pretty basic, it's of a woman who is suddenly speaking to her ex again, and she starts to remember all about him. There's probably a deeper meaning within it, but that's the basic.
    kyoxme4everon November 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a cover of Joan Baez's song. From what I know she wrote the song for Bob Dylan and her relationship with him.
    Ducoon September 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentkyoxme4ever you'r not far away from the meaning.. The ex called her and it's talking about the relationship they had and she's remembering... It seems like he was kinda troubled and despite that she loved him a lot... They had good and bad times.. In the end of the song he's kinda offering starting 'hangin' out' again, but she got over him and is not interesting in more "diamonds and rust".
    Roxcon December 23, 2010   Link

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