Sunday, January 09, 2011

"Diamonds and Rust" by Joan Baez

Birthday wishes go out today to Joan Baez whose greatest success was born of the folk revival of the 1960s, and whose stamina for performance and activism thankfully remains undimmed...

Diamonds & Rust was one of her biggest hits; written in 1975, it recalls an event from a decade earlier in which she meets her lover at a seedy motel in Greenwich Village. But who exactly is the lover? There are those - even Baez herself - who seem to think the song is about Bob Dylan, but then she's done what she can to muddy this by counter-claiming the song is about her ex-husband David Harris.

Personally, I don't think it matters, as the song itself is a poignant reminiscence about a lost time and an equally lost love into which the listener can easily project their own time, place, and lover...
share on: facebook

No comments: