Her Diamonds

Album: Cradlesong (2009)
Charted: 23

Songfacts®:

  • 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."
  • Silverstone had to be fitted for a plastic body cast as the frozen woman in the Dave Meyers-directed clip. Time ran out before the team could get a cast of her face, but luckily she already had one made from her role in Batman & Robin 12 years earlier. A little grease on the exterior gave the costume its icy appearance.
  • In a 2020 interview with Songfacts, Thomas spoke further about how personal lyrics can have a universal appeal: "I think everyone has things happening in their lives all the time. I find that even if something I'm personally going through is just happening to me, the way those things make you feel is something most people can understand. Helpless, hopeful, angry, sad, elated, it's the residual emotion to the event that everyone is really relating to and attaching to their own lives."

Comments: 7

  • Kali Girl Kim from Los AngelesSuffering from Hashimotos for 6 years. This song hugs my heart and kisses my soul.
  • Karen Anderson from Paris Tennessee His wife has Lyme Disease. It's a horrible disease. I know firsthand because I have Lyme Disease, too.
  • Crystal from Los Angeles Since 09 I have loved this song. I always interpreted it as women in a break down going though some dark times and he stuck by her with such a beautiful understanding to her pain. Now 10 years later i am diagnosed with MS finding out it more about her having a Auto immune disease like mine. I can related in such a stronger way now. It has such a bigger meaning to me now.
  • Angela from Arizona, AzThis 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.
  • Lily from Los Angeles, CaI 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.
  • Jeanne from Wasilla, AkEven 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.
  • San from San Fransisco, CaHer 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.
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