Diamonds on the Inside – Fun Music Friday


Let’s welcome the weekend with our next installment of gem-themed music… It’s “Diamonds on the Inside,” performed by two-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper. This was the title track of Harper’s 2003 album that rose to #19 on the U.S. music charts.

In Rolling Stone‘s review of the album, critic Pat Blashill wrote: “Even as he invokes folks such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper turns rock clichés inside out until they mean something new again.”

The American singer-songwriter and musician has had commercial success in North America, Europe and Oceania with his eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music. The talented vocalist displays his impressive guitar-playing skills in this live performance from the 2008 edition of Eurockéennes de Belfort, one of France’s largest rock music festivals.

“Diamonds on the Inside”

Written and performed by Ben Harper

I knew a girl
Her name was truth
She was a horrible liar.

She couldn’t spend one day alone
But she couldn’t be satisfied.

When you have everything,
You have everything to lose.
She made herself
A bed of nails
And she’s plannin’ on puttin’ it to use.

She wore diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
She has diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds

A candle throws its light into the darkness
In a nasty world, so shines the good deed
Make sure the fortune, that you seek
Is the fortune you need.

Now tell me why, the first to ask, is the last one to give, every time
What you say and do not mean
Follow too close behind

She has diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
Oh diamonds, oh diamonds

Like a soldier standing under fire
Any change comes as a relief.
Let the giver’s name remain unspoken
For she is just a generous thief.

She wore diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
You have diamonds on the inside
Oh diamonds, oh diamonds, oh diamonds

She wore diamonds
You had diamonds, diamonds.

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