Baez, Joan - Diamonds & Rust Lyrics

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

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

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

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
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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Baez, Joan Diamonds & Rust Comments
  1. Hill Amplification

    You know you've been sold down the river of love when you wright a song as well as this.

  2. Nadia Dekkari

    💋 joan baez peace and love 🇫🇷

  3. Robert B

    ALL I Can SAY IS,,,,: The VOICE of AN ANGEL,!!!

  4. Davy Johnstone

    Gramma this ru ok (

  5. jewqueen E

    Even is failed love....joan is great...
    Your ghost again..
    It makes me cry...
    Your gosh again

  6. Niuean Laho

    What a beautiful song.........

  7. Scarpa Henrique

    Very very beautiful. But Judas Priest version is perfect too!

  8. Przemyslaw Kolodziej

    Always so amazing

  9. Free Spirit With Nature

    Haunting, life .

  10. MrDallman

    As I listen to this beautiful piece of music I am thinking can a love song get any better than this ..?
    I really do not think it can IMHO.

  11. Joshua Maxwell

    I first heard the version covered by Judas Priest.

    Sammy Scotch

    Really? JP?

  12. александр сидоренко

    заставлю брат сделает кавер

  13. александр сидоренко

    и еще раз нет слов

  14. александр сидоренко

    это невозможно .чувства переполняют

  15. Roger Warde

    How could anyone not like this. WTF

  16. Barbara Labry

    Lyrics can come in handy, but with Joan, it's not needed. Always said if I had to learn English I wanted my teacher to be her.

  17. holala la

    Gelip beş dakika takılayım dedim bu kaçıncı beş dakika olacak

  18. M. Ardarius


  19. Eva Peer

    What a beautiful song ! Reminds me a bit of Joni Michell’s “A Case of You”.

  20. Irishwolf137

    Absolutely fucking fantastic

  21. Gregor Hass

    version Judas Priest - I'll be damned, here comes your ghost again
    But that's not unusual
    It's just that the moon is full
    And you decided to call

    And here I sit, hand on the telephone
    Hearing the voice I'd known
    A couple of light years ago
    Headed straight for a fall

    But we both know what memories can bring
    They bring Diamonds and Rust
    Yes we both know what memories can bring
    They bring Diamonds and Rust

    Now I see you standing with brown leaves all around and snow in your hair
    Now we're smiling out the window of the crummy hotel over Washington Square
    Our breath comes in white clouds, mingles and hangs in the air
    Speaking strictly for me we both could've died then and there

    Now you're telling me you're not nostalgic
    Then give me another word for it
    You were so good with words
    And at keeping things vague

    Cause I need some of that vagueness now
    It's all come back too clearly, yes, I love you dearly
    And if you're offering me diamonds and rust, I've already paid

    But we both know what memories can bring
    They bring Diamonds and Rust
    Yes we both know what memories can bring
    They bring Diamonds and Rust

    Diamonds, Diamonds and Rust
    Diamonds, Diamonds and Rust
    Diamonds, Diamonds and Rust
    Diamonds, Diamonds and Rust

  22. Oly G


  23. June Girl

    Such a bittersweet yet beautiful song .....

  24. Sharon Day

    Even hearing the flamanco-like guitar intro elicits an instant heartache . . . . even after all these years. So many memories of young love and broken dreams, of learning life's lessons the hard way. Also some of the best prose ever . . . . . using words to paint pictures you can instantly see in your mind's eye . . . . . words which are capable of eliciting deep emotion and which draw the listener into the private moments in another's life and create a connection. Beautiful on so may levels.

  25. Oscar S

    sexy arseee couple alert

  26. siteofit

    ...back again ....and a gain!

  27. Julie VanBerkel

    Very beautiful, distinctive voice - like the rustle of wind through the trees in the woods.

  28. Marty K. Hodge

    It's 4:00 AM and a full moon....memories bring diamonds & rust

  29. Jonathan Nadeau

    I think I prefer S.O.D.’s version.

  30. Jack Killough

    Rich, commie but great singer.

  31. anna gates

    she was madly in love with Dylan. She wasn't a Jew so that was that. Half Irish and Hispanic.

    Rachael Stanley

    That had nothing to do with it. He just didn't love her. You can't force love. He became interested in Christianity anyway to the horror of the anti-Christian hippies.

  32. ROCKERS 78

    Global warming hoax as the grand solar minimum intensifies

  33. ROCKERS 78


  34. Michael Lamneck

    The way this song fits in this setting and in a rocked up cover version by Judas Priest is amazing. I really like both.

  35. Gtycbjyth

    Почему-то нет отзывов на русском языке- восполню: буду краток, я в восторге!

  36. vaskes123

    Beautiful music, great lyrics, bravo Joan Baez and thank you!

  37. Its me

    Fabulous lyrics

  38. Kelly Kraehe


  39. paludarecords

    + 1000

  40. kissmabass

    Joan Baez gives the most empty spots fullness, most dead feelings life, she gives desolated deserts water. She’s amazing

  41. Raj Sindha

    Music was serious business till end of 80's

  42. Reynir Oddsson

    Most excellent, luv'er dearly.

  43. h h

    חקי חיון , שיר חמוד.

  44. Belirsiz Adam


  45. Simon Kist

    Basically, Freewheeling Bob "the Voice" Zimmerman pumped 'n dumped her because she was a freeloading bossy latina bitch with no green card. Nobody ever knew this until now.

  46. Дневник сельского токаря.

    Обожаю Джоан, да и Боба тоже...

  47. Paddington Brown

    Joan Baez was not writing poetry; she was writing love. By this, she will be immortalized.

    Robert B

    GOOD FOR YOU !! EXACTLLY !!!! you got IT!!!!

  48. Linda Stentiford

    64 and still listening to her and this song.... yes, it reminds me of a babys daddy

  49. Lily Formosa

    Hauntingly makes me feel love, being loved, endurance, tolerance, betrayal, helpless... my all time favourite. How could Dylan criticise Baez’s poetry was lousy? Is it because one genius is blinded by another genius’s work especially they were so much in love?

  50. E. B. C.

    Late eighties hitting the highway with a Saudi friend heading for Jeddah. He says to me ' I found an amazing cassette in the shop,. You know this?''

    And he played this.

    Sharon Day

    All great music is timeless.

  51. Andrew Robinson

    And they said Baez couldn’t write songs ?

  52. pablosky zambrana

    Mercedes Sosa y Joan Báez, las dos voces femeninas más brillantes y talentosas del pueblo Latinoamericano...

  53. pytlozvejk1

    Thank you. Great song, and magnificent photos.

  54. OldNatty

    Holy FUCKING Shit! I think on this one Joan crushed Bob.

  55. Paul Derbyshire

    utterly timeless, a perfect example of songs with a real meaning,

  56. Strong Willed

    Please check out these 3 song covers I have made. “In The
    Pines” by Kurt Cobain, Nirvana “Maybe It’s Time” from A Star Is Born, and “Just
    Breathe” by Pearl Jam. Very Folk style songs.

  57. Ron Allen

    What a sad bitter, sweet love song ,Wont state the obvious ,the lyrics say it all, and your poetry is just fine xxx


    If Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa could sing and compose then she would of sounded like this.

  59. stephen Christie

    Joan Baez is surely the greatest living American and this is her finest musical achievement.


    I have been a fan of Joan Baez, since I was 20 years old, I am now nearly 77, I have seen her live three times, and have many of her cd's. Her music has travelled with me through my life, and I am still touched to my core, when I listen to it. Thank you Joan.

  60. Thomas Whitten

    I love when I totally forget about an artist for a period of time. It's like discovering them all over again. What a gorgeous voice and an unbelievable talent.

  61. 정태화

    이노래들을수있어 ^^♥

  62. James Hairy knuckles

    Rob halford turned this into the greatest heavy metal song.😎

  63. Farida Bechar


  64. Sex is the Lesser Joy

    How can you be dumb enough to love a demon? Bob is a soulless creature

  65. Amani Ben Mansour

    Joan Baez: "As i remember your eyes were bluer than robin's eggs"
    Me: Wait what...

    sinantara 66

    not all song writers are ornithologists

    Amani Ben Mansour

    @sinantara 66 I didn't even know she was talking abour birds, it was a dirty joke so chill.

  66. U'Koow Kolli

    Crazy, I found this after hearing a cover by Alaska Thunderfuck

  67. Tony Griffin

    joan could sing anything and it would be great,as now.

  68. jewqueen E

    This love isn't finishing good!!
    Your gost again...
    Oh what a pity

  69. J Music

    Judas Priest did this song justice

  70. александр сидоренко

    какиее нафиг коментарии против тех кому боги дали вдохновение

  71. Peter Jeffery

    Magical vocal Joan

  72. dandenongroad

    Just thanks for the Madonna for this. She didn't wrote à lot of "great" songs. But this one is a master piece.

  73. Human 101

    Not sure if anyone ever wrote and sang a more beautiful song

  74. miha maulwurf

    Does anybody know what is written on the sign behind both of them (02:07): "protest against the rising tide of ..." I cant identify the last word.

    Dave Bing


    Dave Bing

    It's really hard to read

    miha maulwurf

    @Dave Bing Aha. Thanks a lot. :)

  75. Andrew Wazagow

    A beautiful , haunting confession , incredibly well accompanied by melody that is a masterpiece itself - and leaving everybody uneasy. For that love was impossible to be happy. It certainly was one-sided. The young , testosterone loaded male , at the top of his prime , creative . successful , predatory and hungry , seeking challenges , simply was not interested in some romantic happy ending. His whole life he was an egocentric , observer , analyzer of feelings , attitudes , changes , and promoter of his own ego. She was "heading straight for the fall". And so bravely she tells us , that there ARE diamonds in all that rust . So... may be she got our love in exchange for her young infatuation.

    Nelson Montanha

    Very good, Very good Andew! From Brazil!

    Andrew Wazagow

    @Nelson Montanha Thank you very much ! KEEP COOL !

  76. gunnar þ björnsson

    I no my truth en life.I knew same for a lifestyle he is rote to by a gardbist and throw out.

  77. Frank Zappa

    Great lyrics. Great song. Great songwriter and lovely player.

  78. J. Dallison

    "You who are so good with words"

  79. Strong Willed

    Please check out my Cover of “My Girl” by Nirvana, Kurt
    Cobain. Hope you enjoy.

  80. Gema Perez Maragato

    Hieoeputa Bob Dylan

  81. Henryk Woźniak

    Salutations de Pologne

  82. Terry Quesenberry

    Speaking Strictly! I've already paid..

  83. Terry Quesenberry

    She was native anf he was s douche!

  84. Lutz Schubert

    Wow what a great Song ,30 years back this was my favotite Song!! Thanks

  85. Rico Legend

    This is quite simply amazing

  86. Sammy Scotch

    Read recently where joan and steve jobs dated for a few yrs. She. said they had nothing in common to talk about but enjoyed having sex

  87. Mark Rothery

    So so good xx

  88. Lima’s Bean hut

    Judas Priest brought me here

  89. Shauneen

    So young yet sage

  90. Mayank Yadav

    Beautiful !🤩👌😊👌

  91. Robert B


  92. TomDoesUtube

    Too Beautiful ................. Cry .................

  93. Eugenia CAstro

    Poor Robin 😂

  94. jewqueen E

    Your gost again

  95. Cracker

    Love this.

  96. Klaus Scheller


  97. Attila Kovács