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Joan Baez

Diamonds And Rust

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“Diamonds & Rust” is a song written and performed by Joan Baez - it was released in 1975, but had been written the previous November. 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 “crummy” hotel in Greenwich Village; she recalls giving him a pair of cuff-links, and summarizes that memories bring “diamonds and rust” (i.e. time leaves us with both happy and bad memories). The song, which was a top-40 hit for Baez on the U.S. pop singles chart, is regarded by a number of critics, as well as by Baez fans, as one of her best compositions. It served as the title song on Baez’s gold-selling Diamonds & Rust album in 1975. For her 1995 live recording Ring Them Bells, Baez performed the song as a duet with... Read on...

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More songs by Joan Baez (See Charts): Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man, We Shall Overcome, In The Quiet Morning (For Janis Joplin), Stones In The Road, Dida, Play Me Backwards, Stephanie's Room, Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word, Forever Young, and Gulf Winds.

Popular in Folk (See Charts): Blowin' In The Wind, Don't Think Twice It's Alright, Father And Son, Banana Boat Song, I Want You, Suzanne, The Blower's Daughter, Vincent, Positively 4Th Street, and Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands.

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