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Her Diamonds


Rob Thomas

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This was the lead single from Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas' second solo album, Cradlesong.
The phrase "her diamonds" is a metaphor for a girl's tears. In an interview with Neil McCormick on Twitter, Thomas explained: "It's actually a song about a girl who is very ill. It's a song about empathy and dealing with that with someone you love." The Matchbox Twenty frontman is referring to his Puerto-Rican wife Mari, who suffers from a rare autoimmune disease.
Actress Alicia Silverstone starred in the song's music video. In the 1990s Silverstone earned the nickname, "the Aerosmith chick," after starring in the band's promos for "Cryin'," "Crazy" and "Amazing."
Mari provided some of the backup vocals for this song.
Thomas told The Canadian Press that his goal is always for his lyrics to transcend the personal. He explained: "My wife has an auto-immune disease and me and her deal with that for the last six or seven years. But at the end of the day, it's really a song about being empathetic, when the person closest to you is going through something and you can't do anything to make it better except to be there for them. I think a lot of times my job is to take myself out of the song, and write about something intensely personal but write about the residual emotion of that, like how does that make me feel, because everyone can relate to that. If you write about the way something makes you feel, that becomes more universal."
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Comments (4):

This song touched my heart what a wonderful song. I live with Lupus (SLE) since 2004 this song says it all and it also tells how it is for loved ones who are close to people who live with this disease. His feelings are in this song and it is beautiful.
- Angela, Arizona, AZ
I always interpreted it as a girl falling in love but realizing it wasn't what she wanted/what she thought. The guy loving her but letting her move on.
But this meaning about cancer and everythign makes more sense.
- Lily, los angeles, CA
Even though this song had a slightly different meaning than from what I interpreted it to be, it still had the same roots of meaning emptathy. Every time it comes on the radio, it reminds me of a close friend who falls hard for any guy she's with and always ends up with her heart broken. It's painful too see. Almost all of the time, the most I can do for her is just sit by her.
- Jeanne, Wasilla, AK
Her diamonds is a song about a close friend trying to be there for a girl who just had her heart broken. He's trying to help her through it.
- San, San Fransisco, CA
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