"Diamonds & Gold" as written by and Tom Waits....
The broken glass
And the rusty nails
Where the violets grow
Say goodbye to the railroad
And the mad dogs of summer
And everything that I know

What some men will do here for diamonds
What some men will do here for gold
Wounded but they just keep on climbin'
Sleep by the side of the road

There's a hole in the ladder
A fence we can climb
Mad as a hatter
You're thin as a dime
Go out to the meadow
The hills are agreen
Sing me a rainbow
Steal me a dream

Small-time Napoleons
Shattered his knees
But he stays in the saddle for Rose
And all his disciples
They shave in the gutter
And gather what's left of his clothers

What some men will do here for diamonds
What some men will do here for gold
Wounded but they just keep on climbin'
They sleep by the side of the road

Lyrics submitted by archmastermind, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Diamonds & Gold" as written by Thomas Alan Waits

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    General Commentamazing song about those who chaise fortunes and their unfortunate lifes.

    one of my favorite songs
    leslie stdon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm in love with these lyrics.
    kookycookieon May 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttom waits is one of the most fantastic lyricists of all time.
    i love this song~
    kickthehabiton August 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about people who would do anything
    for fortune, and he is saying that he won't
    be like that. Great song.
    Lmonge93on January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnybody else think the stanza starting with "There's a hole in the ladder" and ending with "Steal me a dream" sounds strangely like Chim-Chim-Cheree or whatever that song from Mary Poppins is called?
    ThomYorkeGuyGarvey92on July 25, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think its also about how they'll leave everyone behind to chase their fortunes
    "all his disciples, they shave in the gutter / and they gather whats left of his clothes"
    mr093242on May 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFor me it's about how a man leaves behind the way of life he used to live before - the railroad, the glass and the mad dogs of summer. Now he tries to live like everyone else, but preserve some of his ideals, however seeing his used-to-be friends chasing for their fortunes he both envies them and feels how ugly the way of life their living is.
    juj0on December 14, 2013   Link

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