Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Diamonds & Rust

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
Could keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling all 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
'Cause 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

~Joan Baez 

Joan Baez is one of my favourite creative energies. I love her passion, poetry, and her delivery. In lyric and melody, this is one of my favourite songs by her. This song is deeply haunting in its raw emotion. Young love can be painful. However, it is a rite of passage. Usually, it is in our youth that we learn how to love and how to be loved. As a young woman, I could empathize with many aspects of this song. Long ago and far away, I once paid this price, too. And, I learned that some prices are just too high. 

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  1. We pay with heartbreak to learn some lessons.

  2. I love Joan Baez, she has such a beautiful voice and I would like to know more about her. I remember a lot of her songs although I can't remember all the lyrics.
    Thanks for the music video.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. I paid it too, but thankfully I found my soul mate not long after. XO

    1. These relationships prepare us for the sustaining ones. ❤

  4. This is my favorite type of song and that tells a complete story from beginning to end. Excellent selection, Annie. Hugs, love and prayers, Janet

  5. Annie, I'm not familiar with this song but I really like it. I don't recall listening to Joan Baez, except on the occasion a blogger shares her mewsic but she's been around for a long time. I guess I really need to listen to more of her stuff because I really like this song. Thanks for checking out my A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet Letter “D” for “dogs” post! PS: You asked if I used other mediums and the moment no but after the challenge I'm going to experiment with ink and colored pencils, then I want to graduate to watercolor pencils before moving onto watercolors, brushes, etc. :)

  6. This one was new to me, but I am feeling the vibe you have set here. I just love the simple arrangement around an acoustic guitar... just so pure.

  7. This is such a beautifully haunting song. Probably my favorite by Baez.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out