|Richard Armitage (John Porter) examines a diamond|
Years later, I discovered my father had been a jilted lover. He had been sweet on a girl he met while training for the RCAF during WWII. She had just broken up with her fiance because he had gone off to war. My father kept in touch with her during his years in England and when the war was over he sought her out in Toronto intending to propose to her. (He had already purchased the engagement ring!) When he showed up at her apartment he must have been heartbroken to learn that her previous fiance had gotten to her first and they were already married! Who broke the news to him? The girl's roommate - who became my mother!
What follows is collection of my favourite songs which make reference to diamonds. This first one is by a Canadian singer/songwriter that I have posted tunes from previously. This is one of his lesser known songs. If you click on the song title, the link will take you to the lyrics and also some comments about the song by the writer.
All the Diamonds (1973) / Bruce Cockburn
I have certainly featured the following artist on this blog many times. This song really speaks to me as I like Denver's positive outlook on life.
Some Days are Diamonds (1981) / John Denver
Although I am an admirer of this next band and I had heard this song before, I must admit I didn't know the background to this song until I started researching this post. It is a tribute to Syd Barrett, one of the original founding members of Pink Floyd. He was an amazingly talented guitarist and songwriter but his experimentation with drugs led to some bizarre behaviour on and off stage. After the band replaced him, he became a recluse and rarely appeared in public. That is, until he showed up in the studio one day, his appearance so changed that no one at first recognized him. The year was 1975 and Pink Floyd just happened to be recording this particular song on their album Wish You Were Here.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (1975) / Pink Floyd
Music lovers can have a field day trying to explain the lyrics of this song! According to some stories Paul Simon once dated a diamond merchant's daughter. Whatever the origin of the song it is certainly unique and memorable! It appears on Simon's Graceland album (one of my all-time fave albums).
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (1986) / Paul Simon & Joseph Shabalala
I hope this sound clip works!:
|Queen Elizabeth II in 2012|
|Queen Elizabeth II in 1952|
She certainly glitters with all that bling. I hope I'm not being too cheeky to dedicate this song to her.
This next song could be a theme for Guy of Gisborne and Lady Marian's relationship in the BBC's Robin Hood. See the lyrics here.
Diamond Mine (1989) / Blue Rodeo
Here is Sir Guy of Gisborne being humiliated by Robin Hood, and cruelly cast aside by the Sheriff of Nottingham, but then surprisingly, being rescued by Lady Marian.
Robin Hood BBC / Black Diamonds
Wouldn't this have been perfect for Guy?
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Diamonds weren't always the engagement ring of choice. Here is an interesting history of diamonds as engagement rings entitled "Have Diamonds Always Meant Forever?"
Of course we mustn't forget the James Bond theme song from the movie of the same name.
Diamonds are Forever (1971) / Shirley Bassey
I thought this picture was a bit surreal when I first saw it. It is taken from the last part of Richard Armitage's role as Ian Macalwain in Ultimate Force (2003). I am not sure if this background poster was supposed to have any extra meaning, or it was just a strange set decoration. I suppose it is actually ironic as poor Ian is out of the picture soon after this shot. Perhaps it emphasizes that although a rock might be "forever", human beings are definitely not immortal.
But as long as I live and breathe I will be watching you shine, Mr. Armitage!