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"Diamonds & Rust" is a 1975 song written and performed by Joan Baez. In the song, Baez recounts an out-of-the-blue phone call from an old lover, which sends her a decade back in time to a seedy hotel in Greenwich Village. She recalls giving him a pair of cuff links, and summarizes that memories bring "diamonds and rust" (time both turns dirty charcoal into beautiful diamonds and shiny metal into ugly rust).

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Joan Baez - Diamonds And Rust Lyrics


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  • so perfectly heartbreaking.
  • I'm not exactly a fan, in fact this is the only song I play of hers. I do love her voice in this and its such a fantastic song!
  • ♥♥♥♥
  • It is an extraordinarily good song; honest, well-written, well-constructed, great chord sequence and guitar riff. Amazing that I now know Washington Square so well and stay in the hotel - no longer crummy but a wonderful family-run business
  • I.m saddened by her voice ....
  • love this :')
  • Back in early 1975 my "local" (60 miles away) FM station played this--and 'Blood On The Tracks'--constantly. I got to know it very well despite the fact that I had no idea what it was about. Imagine my astonishment slightly more than a decade later watching a Judas Priest concert on MTV, and they did this one!
  • The unpretentious realness and honesty combined with the astounding purity of her voice makes this one of the best songs of all time. That she felt the need to qualify 'we both could have died then and there' with 'speaking strictly for me' breaks my heart every time. What a beautiful, beautiful lady.
  • Such an amazing voice!
  • great very real song

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