Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thursday Tunes - "Diamonds and Rust"

Blackmore's Night
Blackmore's Night is a British/American traditional folk rock band formed in 1997, consisting mainly of Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, hurdy gurdy, mandola, mandolin, nyckelharpe and electric guitar) and Candice Night (lead vocals, lyricist and woodwinds). Their lineup has seen many changes over the years. To date, they have released ten studio albums.

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

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.

Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Blast From The Past – Bettie Pageup on time and under budget.


  1. I was rather fond of the Judas Priest cover of this. I'll have to give Blackmore & Night's cover a listen.

  2. Never heard that before; Judas Priest was a little after my time. It certainly a different take on the song.