"Diamonds in the Mine" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
The woman in blue, she's asking for revenge
The man in white -- that's you -- says he has no friends
The river is swollen up with rusty cans

And the trees are burning in your promised land
And there are no letters in the mailbox
And there are no grapes upon the vine
And there are no chocolates in the boxes anymore
And there are no diamonds in the mine

Well, you tell me that your lover has a broken limb
You say you're kind of restless now and it's on account of him
Well, I saw the man in question, it was just the other night
He was eating up a lady where the lions and Christians fight

And there are no letters in the mailbox
And there are no grapes upon the vine
And there are no chocolates in the boxes anymore
And there are no diamonds in the mine

(You tell them now)

Ah, there is no comfort in the covens of the witch
Some very clever doctor went and sterilized the bitch
And the only man of energy, yes the revolution's pride
He trained a hundred women just to kill an unborn child

And there are no letters in the mailbox
Oh no, there are no, no grapes upon your vine

And there are, there are no chocolates in your boxes anymore
And there are no diamonds in your mine
And there are no letters in the mailbox
And there are no grapes upon the vine
And there are no chocolates in your boxes anymore
And there are no diamonds in your mine


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"Diamonds in the Mine" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General CommentThis is a bleak song sang as an insanely peppy folk tune.

    The gist of the song is that life is empty now and there is nothing special (no diamonds in the mine, no chocolates in the boxes)

    No refuge in the coven of the witch.. sterilized the bitch (2nd best line) There is no comfort in religion a doctor(scientist) sterilized it of any truth or meaning.

    As for the Lover with a broken limb.
    She worked hard to take care of him, but he cheated on her. "Eating up a lady where the lions and Christians fight" (best line) Eating up a lady where her passions meet her morals (her genitals) The lions of passion fight the Christian morals of celibacy. (he uses sex and religion a lot)

    Man of energy...
    The man who was supposed to save the world is wasted. (miraculously intelligent people (doctors)waste their talents on abortion, Viagra, and other things that are products of a modern moral-less society.

    I hope my deciphering of the last musical poet was helpful.
    Winterson January 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know about the lyrics but I think he sings in a very bitter way. Hatred and bitterness are expressed and represented in a great way. I just love this song.
    Kvaak kvaakon August 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "man of energy" and "revolution's pride" that "trained a hundred women just to kill an unborn child" is actually Charles Manson, whose followers murdered then-pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It's a common misconception (and an understandable one, particularly after the release of "The Future"), but this, by his own admission, wasn't what Cohen had in mind when writing the song.
    JQTon July 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, the chorus is clear enough, but I've got know idea what the rest of the song is about. Where the lions and Christians fight? Trained a hundred women? Whaa?

    Either way, I like how he just gets crazier as the song goes on, and he's just yelling at the end. It amuses me.
    jebsoon July 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is completely nuts. at the end he's just screaming his lungs out, it's fucking insane.
    misterLonelyon September 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song sounds to me like a hybrid of lou reed and tom waits. in the lyrics and the way they're sung. it's pretty great,
    misterbojangleson October 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it had something to do with abortion. No Diamonds in the Mine, meaning no fertile eggs in a women?
    Jpc611on March 14, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentit's about abortion, iirc.
    Fortinbrason September 05, 2006   Link

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