i can't break the cycle
am i just a fool?
falling down like dominoes
hit by family jewels

pass it down from kid to kid
chain will never end
unless i decide to go to it
will i see the end?

oh don't you find it strange
only thing we share is one last name
did i beat you at your own game
typical of me to put a sword to shame

welcome to the family jewles
coal to diamonds, sold to fools
welcome to the family jewels
simmer and suffer, can't keep his cool
i can't keep my cool
i can't keep my cool

family said i decided
to live a loveless life
is it my fault we stay divided?
'cause i've got too much pride
pass the parcel, wrap unwrap
and open up the locks
out come flying all the secrets
of pandoras box

oh, you think im unfit
little did you know i was cut for it
no glass slipper will ever fit
'cause i could never see a diamond in it

CHORUS

and when we're in the dark
it echoes in your heart
and when your far away
it beckons me to stay

CHORUS x2


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    My InterpretationI think it's about how she feels different from her family and unconnected with them "only thing we share is one last name". “Coal to Diamonds sold to fools” is referring to a common myth that Diamonds actually come from coal, in which they don’t, but some foolish people still believe it. I think marina is metaphorically referring her family to a messed up shady business that sell fake diamonds to fools. I think she's saying that people in her family all lie and are untruthful to each other. I think the song is about how she doesn't want to be like the people in her family and she can't relate to them.
    LiniKFon July 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI honestly can't believe there are no comments on this song?! it's amazing! This song is so full of emotion. So many of her songs seem to be about her family, but I think this one is the most raw of them all.
    Ismmehowruon March 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is, IMO her most poignant song. Her parents divorced when she was a teen. Very good play on her last name (Diamandis) too given that it means Diamond in Greek.

    "Is it my fault we stay divided?" - possible self blame for her parents' divorce.
    AnGaelon July 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song, to me, seems to be about her dad and possible abuse she endured at the hands of him. What kind of abuse is unspecified, but she talks about not being able to break "the cycle", referring to the cycle of child abuse. "Pass it down from kid to kid, chain will never end, unless i decide to go to it, will i see the end?" Here she is referring to how the cycle of abuse is passed down from parent to child, and then passed down again. She wishes to break this cycle, saying that she has "beat him at his own game". She is afraid of ending up like her father, like many child abuse survivors are, which is why she says "simmer and suffer, can't keep his cool. I can't keep my cool", noting that she is exhibiting similar actions to his. "Typical of me to put us all to shame" talks about how her trying to better herself is seen as shameful in the eyes of her father, a common idea from abusers. "Welcome to the family jewels" could possibly be a play on both their last name (diamandis) and the fact that it sounds like "family duels", and "coal to diamonds, sold to fools" could be implying that while her family appears put together on the outside, it is just a front. And finally, "and when we're in the dark, it echoes in your heart. and when you're far away, it beckons me to stay", is reminiscent of the conflicting feelings of abuse survivors. When they're together, in the "dark" so to speak, she knows that what he's doing is wrong, but when she is far away from him, she feels guilty, and feels like she must return and give him a second chance, thus "beckoning her to stay".
    hauntedpanelson May 18, 2016   Link

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