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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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Most votes come from Germany, Portugal, Austria, United States, France, and Turkey.


More songs by Joan Baez (See Charts): Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man, We Shall Overcome, Stones In The Road, Dida, Play Me Backwards, In The Quiet Morning (For Janis Joplin), O Brother!, Forever Young, Farewell Angelina, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

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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