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10 More Diamond Ditties

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They just can’t stop turning them out, can they? 

Musical artists never seem to get tired of writing songs that are about, feature or memorably mention diamonds.  Not sure what it is about these reflective stones that is so aurally pleasing or visually inspirational to these singer-songwriters (perhaps because diamonds look like disco balls, and these people all secretly love this retro, lost art form?)  Well, no need to analyze their musical motives; let’s just give a listen to some of the most recent diamond ditties to hit the scene (aka, Spotify).  

Rihanna – We Found Love 

Everyone’s favorite Caribbean Queen has dazzled again, this time paying tribute to the gloriously golden orb of the gem world: the yellow diamond.  In her insanely catchy track “We Found Love,” RiRi dishes on how her and some unnamed (and lucky) gentleman were able to discover some sort of amorous bond in a highly unlikely and spiritually destitute location.  A funky synth-organ beat from Calvin Harris and the rest is music gold…or, should we say, fancy vivid yellow diamonds.  

 

Lil Wayne – Diamonds and Girls 

Wildly popular lilliputian rapper Lil Wayne (known to his fans as “Weezy” – most likely because he’s a huge fan of the band Weezer) is not once to mince words.  Here he leaves no doubt as to what are the two things that he is systematically seeking most in life; more than any other objects or genders out there.  

 

Arcade Fire – Headlights Look Like Diamonds

Here we have a love ballad of sorts, where the immolated arcade crew describes a lover as having these gem-reminiscent ‘headlights,’ which one can assume means “eyes.”  As said headlights approach, they bring the promise of all the glittering goodness inherent to diamonds.  Sadly, once this car has metaphorically sailed by, the “Taillights burn like coals,” which can mean the singer was ‘burned’ (more fire symbolism), but also possibly has regressed a bit (as coals are thought to be the early form of diamonds …even though that is simply a myth).  In any event, this is a super-meta song that shows just how bad love can scorch in a conflagration of searing beauty.  

 

Jay-Z – Diamond is Forever

Ah, not to be confused with diamonds, plural, this track is about the one and only diamond in Jay-Z’s life.  That’s right, his true Bae: himself.  Mr. H to the Izz-O pontificates on this rap about how truly phenomenal his spitting skills are, amongst other accolades.  The actual diamond referenced here is His Truly, and the self-aggrandizing is not wholly undeserved; it’s a shout-out to how his fans make a diamond shape with their hands at his concerts in an homage to his sparkling performances and hard-Roc-A-Fella spirit. 

 

Rob Thomas – Her Diamonds 

We now take a turn for the touching in this love inspired serenade from Thomas to his wife.  Apparently she has a debilitating disease that affects her immune system, and this song was written to compliment her for her strength and bravery in facing it.  Her tears seem to him like diamonds, indicating that what is inside her is simultaneously aesthetically beautiful and fundamentally hard.  She sings on the tune as well, giving it even more emotional substance.    

 

Sheryl Crow – Diamond Ring

The Missouri native hits us with another gruffly sweet, yet epic folk tune, this one about diamond rings.  Crow has seen her fair share of them over the years, as she has been proposed to three times.  Hence, her collection of the things is quite extensive, relatively speaking.  This song is supposedly about her break-up with performance-enhanced cyclist Lance Armstrong,  but Crow never confirmed this tidbit of gossip.  Either way, the track is pleasing to the ears, despite its slightly melancholic tone. 

 

Common – Diamonds

Ironically, there is nothing that lyrically commonplace when it comes to the One they Call Common.  This track is rife with modest statements from the Chicago bred wordsmith, such as “I’m a rare diamond that’s hard to find, man,” and others that express that his time is ever so valuable as well “My time, man, precious like diamonds.”  A Common misconception about diamonds (indelibly sung by Rihanna) is that they “shine,” when they simply reflect and refract light; this is further espoused here too: “Imma be shining til I die, man.”  

 

Tim McGraw – Diamond Rings and Old Barstools

Off the seminal 2015 album “Sundown Heaven Town,” this country gem illustrates the classic case of a couple that just doesn’t see eye to eye.  The titular juxtaposition of what are presumably breathtakingly lovely engagement rings and beat up, dingy, beer soaked chairs is representative of the two warring lovers (fairly certain it’s ok to assume the lady in question is the dazzling diamond and the dude is the stinky stool).  McGraw’s crooner cousin, Catherine Dunn, sings back up vocals on this jam, providing the “Coke” to this “watered down whiskey.” 

 

Devon Allman’s Honeytribe – Endless Diamond

An odd hybrid of sounds and styles, this mystical rock song details the “endless diamonds” of the world, which ostensibly are humans that were able to reach the pinnacle of their potential.  It seems as if the narrator is some sort of deity or possibly an alien life form that is watching over these little sparkling entities called ‘people.’  The metal meets country meets Brit Rock flavor of this song is definitively indicative of the intriguingly diverse nature of the human race, and our eternally bright moments.  

 

Supergrass – Diamond Hoo Ha Man 

Fun loving English power-pop-punk posse Supergrass truly know how to have a good time.  That’s the core essence of this bizarrely named track.  According to the band, a Diamond Hoo Ha Man is a reckless chap who is always up for some shenanigans, a “really dodgy Fear and Loathing-type traveling salesman.”  Whatever this phrase really means is immaterial; the bottom line is that this is a great term and should be used stateside from this day forth.  

-Joe Leone 

12 More Songs Featuring Diamonds!

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You loved our 11 songs about diamonds so much that we are treating you with another diamondy dozen!

1 – BeyonceFlawless – 2013

This musically modest journey into Beyonce’s psyche reveals just how she feels about herself: she wakes up each day and is already perfect.   Essentially, she is likening herself to an internally and externally flawless diamond (“D” color, ideal cut, “FL” clarity).  It’s nice when people have self confidence…overwhelming self confidence.

best diamond line:  “this diamond: flawless – my diamond: flawless – this rock: flawless”

2 – Paul SimonDiamonds on the Soles of her Shoes – 1986

A Carribean island inspired, feel good song about a poor suitor and a wealthy girl (she’s got diamonds literally on the bottom of her feet).  Critics have said this actually represents the diamond trade of South Africa, and the contentious relationship between the companies and workers (and the impact of apartheid).  Yet with Paul’s pleasantly melodious voice, everything seems happy here.

best diamond line:  “she’s got diamonds on the soles of her shoes, that’s one way to lose these walking blues.”

3 – Joan BaezDiamonds and Rust – 1975

The famed folk singer produced a very lovely ballad about her brief but passionate affair with then lover Bob Dylan.   The title refers to the dichotomy of their ephemeral relationship.  Kind of odd that this song would later be covered by the heavy metal band Judas Priest…

best diamond line:  “I’ll be damned; here comes your ghost again – it’s not unusual, just that the moon is full…”

4 – FabolousDiamonds ft. Young Jeezy – 2007

Little Wayne was originally supposed to appear on this track, but opted out because he vehemently protests the diamond trade industry…or maybe because Def Jam just wanted to have another of their artists on this diamond jam.  This song shows a direct correlation between wearing diamond encrusted chains and the ability to procure female companionship.

best diamond line:  

TIE:  “She saw my chain and she started relaxin’, now that’s what I call a dang* chain reaction.”

and  “lotta carats – not the ones Bugs Bunny snackin’ on.”

5 – Seals and CroftsDiamond Girl – 1973

Never heard of these two?  Neither had we, but this diamond ditty is fairly catchy and easy to listen to.   Compares a love interest to a shiny diamond (having external and internal beauty …these guys were known for their unparalleled originality…).  This soft rock duo broke up, got back together, disbanded again, and then..who really cares?

best diamond line:  “diamond girl; such a rare thing, radiant child “

6 – Kiss – Black Diamond  – 1975

Are you ready to rock?  Kiss proves to be ahead of their time yet again, as black diamonds have recently been crowed the “coolest.” LINK TO BLOG.  These guys may wear mime make-up, but they sure know how to croon in a rockin’ manner.  This song seems to be about some sort of lovely vagabond who dwells on the street, hence the ‘black diamond’ description.

best diamond line:  “Darkness will fall on the city, It seems to follow you too…”

7 – David BowieDiamond Dogs – 1974

DB is without a doubt a music/style innovator.  This album/title track is about a protagonist, Halloween Jack (possibly a pre-cursor to the Nightmare Before Christmas guy?) and his travels in a post apocalyptic Manhattan – where “Diamond Dogs” (greedy capitalists?) attempt to destroy him.  Among other things.  Definitely a cool term to use for any glittering, yet avaricious types.

best diamond line:  “The Diamond Dogs are poachers and they hide behind trees”

8 – Kylie MinogueWhite Diamond – 2010

This touching song chronicles some of the poignant experiences Kylie went though during her battle with cancer.  A white diamond perfectly symbolizes the strength and brilliance she exhibited during her fight.

best diamond line:  “I got the light that’s gonna treat you right and luminate what’s already there.”

9 – The Bird and the BeeDiamond Dave – 2009

This hipster indie duo released this track about the lady (Inara George) singer’s girlhood crush on David Lee Roth, formerly of the band Van Halen.  “Diamond Dave” was his nickname then, and the song fully explains how he truly was like a diamond: invaluable and completely unique.  The video features geek icons Eric Wareheim and one of the nerds from The Big Bang Theory unsuccessfully doing Diamond Dave impressions.

best diamond line:   “Pretty Dave, I still carry such a flame.”

10 – Ricki Lee – Raining Diamonds – 2011

This super um..upbeat, synth heavy tune by Aussie songstress Ricki Lee Coulter details her philosophy on love: regular affection is not good enough, it better be so intense that priceless gemstones fall from the sky.  Snarkiness aside…it’s pretty catchy.

“best” diamond line:  “Whoa Whoa Whoa – I know that love is more than just surviving; I need it raining diamonds.”

11 – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)Four Little Diamonds – 1983

This song is the most direct, metaphor-free track on the list.  It’s about a girl who scammed him (the lead singer) into buying her a ring that had 4 little diamonds in it, then cheated on him and ran out like a scoundrel.  …Maybe if he had just gotten her one decent sized diamond…

best diamond line:  “I keep wonderin’ about her, day and night – She probably thinks I was a fool; she’s right.”

12 – Earl J. (Kit) CarsonBig Blue Diamonds – 1950

This oldie is about what most songs from this era are: heartbreak.  It’s simple and really aurally pleasing.  Kit basically wants to get his lady fair a diamond, a gigantic, azure one, to be precise.  Sadly though, he couldn’t afford her expensive tastes and she peaced out.  Aww (but you’re better without her, Kit.)  Many have covered this song over the years, but the original is still the best.

best diamond line:  “Big diamonds, big blue diamonds tell the story of the love that no one man could hold”

Enjoy this sparking batch – more to come!

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-Joe Leone