Diamonds & Rust

"Diamonds & Rust" is a song written, composed, and performed by Joan Baez. It was written in November 1974 and released in 1975.


Diamonds & Rust (Challenge)(WORD)
Diamonds & Rust (Challenge)(PDF)

Diamonds & Rust (Simple)(WORD)
Diamonds & Rust (Simple)(PDF)

You can play along with the first video in GCEA tuning by putting your capo on the first fret, and using either the challenge songsheet or the simple songsheet! Thanks to Chris Hill for submitting the challenge songsheet! Chris will lead the song at the BUG Jam and he'd like the challenge version on the screens. I'll put both versions in the PDF songbook that I prepare for the jam.

In "Diamonds & Rust", 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 in about 1964 or 1965. She recalls giving him a pair of cufflinks, and surmises that memories bring "diamonds and rust". Baez has stated that the lyrics refer to her relationship with Bob Dylan. The song was a top 40 hit on the U.S. pop singles chart for Baez, and is regarded by a number of critics and fans as one of her best compositions. It served as the title song on her gold-selling album Diamonds & Rust, which was released in 1975.

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