Ben Harper – Diamonds On The Inside

The title song from his 2003 album. The song reached #31 on Billboards Adult Top 40 chart on December 12, 2003.

From Rolling Stone

Even as he invokes folks such as Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix, Ben Harper turns rock cliches inside out until they mean something new again. The Black Crowes-damaged title track of Harper’s fifth studio album — a lush sweep of twelve-string and pedal steel guitars — is sweeter than ninety percent of the cock rock that it echoes. Often, when Harper seems to be singing about some spangly rock chick, he’s crooning about the Queen of Heaven — at least that’s the case with “When She Believes,” a lullaby that’s all accordions, harps and fuzzy-blanket chords.

Harper works out of a tradition that is older than rock: the African-American church and its more secular members’ tradition of blending gospel righteousness with pop grooves. “Brown Eyed Blues” is good wah-wah funk, but it’s Harper’s quavering, weak-with-lust vocal that makes it irresistible. He understands that pop music isn’t just a parade of brand-new things — it’s about reinvention, too.

Diamonds On The Inside

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
‘Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
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
So tell me why, the first to ask, is the last to give, every time
What you say and do not mean
Follow too close behind
‘Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
Diamonds
Like a soldier standing long under fire
Any change comes as a relief
Let the giver’s name remain unspoken
For she is just a generous thief
But she had diamonds on the inside
‘Cause she had diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds on the inside
She wore diamonds
Oh diamonds
She had diamonds
She wore diamonds
Diamonds
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Ben C. Harper

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