I shook hands with the president and the pope in Rome
I've been to parties where I had to be flown
This told me everything is sacred, nothing is profane
And money is something that you throw off of the back of a train

Always keep a diamond in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind
Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam
Always keep a diamond in your mind

Steamer of gravy and the little fried pearls
Floating like a necklace on a beautiful girl
And Chalmers said "thanks" for the food and the land
And something about God that I just don't understand

Always keep a diamond in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind
Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam
Always keep a diamond in your mind

She's got the milk of human kindness and the fat of the lamb
Skin like a baby, but she drives like a man
She lives in Natchez where she operates a crane
She's like a wrecking ball that's no longer connected to the chain

Zerelda Samuel said she ain't never prayed
Since her right arm was blown off in the Pinkerton raid
They lashed her to a windmill with '3-fingered Dave'
Now she's 102, drinking juleps in the shade

Always keep a diamond in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind
Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam
Always keep a diamond in your mind

Always keep a diamond in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind
Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam
Always keep a diamond in your mind

Always keep a diamond in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind
Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam
Always keep a diamond in your mind

Always keep a diamond in your mind
Always keep a diamond in your mind


Lyrics submitted by hakimike, edited by Timma

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    General Comment"Zerelda Samuels said she aint never prayed
    Since her right arm was blown off in a Pinkerton raid"

    In 1875, Allan Pinkerton led a raid on the farmhouse owned by the mother of Frank and Jesse James. A firebomb was thrown into the home, killing the James' half-brother and blowing off the right arm of Zerelda Samuels, the mother of Frank and Jesse.
    hakimikeon April 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe very religious Solomon Burke took a few liberties with the lyrics in his (superb) recording. "Zerelda Samuels said she almost never prays" in his version, because, he reasoned, if you got your arm blown off, you must have called on the Lord a few times (I paraphrase).

    Also, the line "something about God that I just don't understand" is changed to "and all so ever grateful for God's almighty hand."
    TokedDingoon August 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIs it 'scared like a baby' or '*skin* like a baby'? I say the latter!

    And maybe not "Joan", but "Chalmers"? Either way, "and" is missing, and it should be *the* land. At least in the version I heard (on the Healing the Divide CD).
    Timmaon June 04, 2016   Link

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