Diamonds & Rust – Song Lyric Sunday – Vagabond/Loner/Drifter


Diamonds & Rust – Song Lyric Sunday – Vagabond/Loner/Drifter


We have a brand new badge for Song Lyric Sunday! Isn’t it cool! Thanks for designing it, Jim! 🙂


For today’s SLS, Jim Adams, of ‘A Unique Title For Me’, has prompted us with the words – vagabond/loner/drifter. Thanks, Jim.

To join in this weekly musical challenge, and to see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun!


You know, sometimes we have friends or lovers that we enjoy for awhile, yet the relationship waxes and wanes, and we drift apart for some reason. You may get back together in another time or place, but you always have the memories of what was, and what could have been.

This song I found was a new one for me, but I really like it. I’ve always enjoyed Joan Baez’s and Bob Dylan’s songs. This one has the word ‘vagabond in the lyrics.

From the Wiki article:

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 in about 1964 or 1965; she recalls giving him a pair of cufflinks, and summarizes that memories bring “diamonds and rust”. Baez has stated that the lyrics refer to her relationship with Bob Dylan.[1]


“Diamonds & Rust”, by Joan Baez, is on her studio album, and released in 1975. It was written by her, and is on the A & M label.



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

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


Lyrics found on Genius Lyrics


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© 2019 BS

20 responses »

  1. Great choice Barbara and I love the boarder that you put around the badge and I will be changing it to match yours. I knew that Joan Baez was a star and that she had a relationship with Bob Dylan and that he was basically a nobody before he met her. He probably could have been a bit nicer to her after all she did for his career.

    • Thanks, Jim! Glad you liked this one, which for some reason had never heard before. That goes for their relationship, too. I had no idea about that, either, so I’m glad I found the song and read about it.
      As for the border on the photo – I think it must just be this blog theme or something. I’ve never tried to put a border on anything, and it just comes up that way on all my pictures, automatically. Glad you like it, and I think your design is really good. 🙂

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