D is for Diamonds and Rust


I remember when this song first came out.  That beautiful, lyrical voice – framing words that made me blink and then smile:

Well I’ll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that’s not unusual
It’s just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I’d known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall


The story behind the song was  an interesting one.  Someone she had had a relationship with – conjecture abounded.  Some said it was Bob Dylan.  Dylan, himself, seemed to think so, based on Baez’ memoirs.  Does it matter?  A ghost from the past comes to visit, bringing memories:

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you’re smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

And the emotions are there, with an openness to memories and, perhaps, another touch:

…It’s all come back too clearly.
Yes, I loved you dearly.
And if you’re offering me Diamonds and Rust
I’ve already paid.

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WATCH A VIDEO HERE  (Joan was not into music videos…this is a live recording)

© 1975 Chandos Music (ASCAP)

    © 1975 Chandos Music (ASCAP)

14 comments on “D is for Diamonds and Rust

  1. Hart Johnson says:

    One of my good friends bonded we her now husband over HER love of THIS song and HIS LOVE of Diamonds and Dust (AC/DC)–sounds sort of funny, but you find the common ground where you will if it was meant to be.

  2. Mark Noce says:

    Neat song, I don't think I'm familiar with it. Good for you for doing the A to Z challenge, I wasn't quite up to it this time around:)

  3. Great song and interesting post:)btw, you have captcha on, which might limit your comments during A – Z.

  4. I had never heard this song, it is very beautiful. Interesting background as well, thank you for sharing.

  5. Anonymous says:

    …so let's see if I've turned off CAPTCHA…- Diana

  6. Anonymous says:

    Bingo! (I think…)

  7. Luana Krause says:

    I adore Joan Baez! Her voice is amazing. I learned to play guitar in my teen and she was one of my inspirations. Bravo!

  8. Hi, there! Joan Baez is always a nice choice. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. KC Weldon says:

    Never heard that song but I like the lyrics.KC @ The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit & Oh Frog It

  10. Diana Wilder says:

    I think that's a great reason to connect (or, perhaps, it speaks of their WANT to bond…) That is cute!

  11. Diana Wilder says:

    Well, thanks for stopping anyhow! There's so much to read, I think I'll be wandering around the A to Z posts for the next couple months.

  12. Diana Wilder says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. I wasn't aware it was on. It's off now. Are they actually trying to get things people can't read? Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the Challenge!

  13. Don't know it either :), but love your enthusiasm about it!

  14. love joan, love this song, it breaks my heart every time…

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