Morning Music: Diamonds and Rust

Diamonds and Rust - Joan BaezI asked Will to recommend a song for today and he said he was fond of Joan Baez’s cover of Jackson Browne’s “Fountain of Sorrow.” I would like to say that I told him there was a Jackson Browne ban in the morning music — that we don’t want to ruin anyone’s day. But snark aside, I don’t have anything against Browne — except for “Running on Empty” and “The Load-Out” and actually a whole lot of songs where he produces nothing but well crafted pretense. I know it’s only rock and roll but I don’t like it. I’ll have to revisit this issue. Where was I?

The truth is, I’m not a big fan of Joan Baez. I find her voice kind of annoying. But I do rather like “Diamonds and Rust.” And the interesting thing is that the song has been in the my head the last several days. (That’s probably not a coincidence, since I have been around Will this last week.) I was doing to it what I do to most songs that I know only some of the lyrics to: I was making up my own really foul-mouthed lyrics.

But I knew that I could find a fine performance of it. What’s more, how can you not love a songwriter who tries to get away with this slant rhyme:

I remember your eyes were bluer than robin’s eggs
My poetry was lousy you said.

That’s actually really great. Bob must have been proud.


For the record, you all can recommend songs. This whole thing could get very boring. I get stuck in ruts. I was seriously thinking of going back to France today.

2 thoughts on “Morning Music: Diamonds and Rust

  1. I’ll recommend one I learned about only recently. I saw Sam Baker at a eTown taping along with Justin Townes Earle and his story and songs blew me away. He was in a bomb explosion on a train while traveling to Machu Pichu back in the 80s planted by The Shinging Light. It left him close to dead and killed a German family sitting near him including a young boy. He learned to play guitar left handed since his left hand was partially destroyed by the blast. He didn’t put out his first album until he was in his 40’s.

    You can find out much more on him on his website

    Below is a link to his performance of the song Ditch he did at eTown. It is one of his more humorous songs and can get stuck in your head.

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