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    Dec 01

    Everyone has probably heard the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, as it is one of America’s most beloved songs and the quintessential song about the beauty of diamonds. Without publishing the lyrics word for word, let’s just consider the essence of what the song states.

    Apparently, the French Romantics of old (probably a reference to Napoleon, a famous ring-giver himself) were prepared to die for their love. However, the woman in this song prefers a living man who buys expensive jewels. Good point there, as brave dead men really don’t give good gifts. She goes on to express that various romantic gestures (such as a kiss) are limited in value, and that they cannot pay the rental in the end. A diamond ring could theoretically be resold if worse came to worse. This is a smart thinking material girl! Finally, she expresses that all men grow cold while girls grow old. The only thing for sure in life? That a diamond stays beautiful and romantic forever!

    A Diamond Obsession is Born

    What a song! It is at once both humorous and tragic in its observations. Who wrote this song and how did it come to be? The original song was actually created for a Broadway show called Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, based on a novel by Anita Loos. The diamond song was written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin. Carol Channing introduced the song in the original production but you may be used to hearing the famous Marilyn Monroe version a few years later in the 1953 film adaptation Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The song is not a pleasant diversion, rather inherent to the entire plot. Monroe’s character Lorelei Lee is being followed by a detective who has been hired by her fiance’s father. He’s suspicious that she might only be marrying for money. Therefore, upon hearing of compromising pictures taken with a British mine owner, he decides to cancel the needed letter of credit before she arrived. She is forced to work in a nightclub. When her fiancé arrives at the cabaret he hears “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” leading the plot further.

    What has been the legacy of this song? It is considered one of the top 20 most important songs by the American Film Institute, and Marilyn Monroe’s performance is also considered a major musical achievement, one that continues to influence many modern day singers like Madonna. Last but certainly not least, the song has helped to idealize the thought of diamonds representing the grandest stage of romance. A certain diamond company may have earned much of the reputation for glorifying the diamond as an engagement gift, but Marilyn’s enthusiasm certainly helped to shape the American perspective on this priceless piece of jewelry.

    Other Versions of Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

    One of the most celebratory and grandiose remakes of the song come from the musical team and film director behind 2001’s Moulin Rouge. Baz Luhrmann sampled the song by Marilyn Monroe and introduced a new rendition by Nicole Kidman, playing star performer Satine. Though the tune and lyrics are similar to the original, Luhrmann made some changes to suit the new film. Harry Winston references that suit the original play were altered to fit new characters, while the “help you at the automat” line was replaced by the more universal “help you feed your pussycat.”

    There have also been other recordings of the song, most notably by icons like Eartha Kitt, Emmylou Harris, T-Bone Burnett and Beyonce Knowles. Interestingly, like in the movie Moulin Rouge, several singers throughout the years have added segues to the original song paying homage to Madonna’s “Material Girl”, a song not only inspired by “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” but also a song that could well be considered a modern day sequel.

    Diamonds and music are two lovers that always meld together in sparkling beauty. It’s easy to see how one complements the other; diamonds offer visual beauty while music (and specifically catchy tunes about diamonds) brings vibrancy and pep to such a beautiful image. “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” may have some exaggerated lyrics, but it well illustrates every woman’s girlish reaction to such a thoughtful, once-in-a-lifetime gift.

    Two More Songs About Diamonds Worth Remembering

    “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” may be one of the most popular diamond themes, but it’s far from the only song worth playing. Any one of these two songs would go hand-in-hand with a diamond engagement ring.

    1. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

    Not a drug-love song, believe it or not, but a piece that was inspired by John Lennon’s son Julian after he showed dad a drawing of his classmate Lucy. The boy described it as simply, “Lucy…in the sky with diamonds.”

    2. Diamonds Are Forever

    This is the title song to the famous James Bond movie of the same name. Not only does the song feature allusions to sparkling diamonds, but also includes some suggestive imagery in the lyrics that are definitely for romantics only! The famous song has been remade many times, most notably by rapper Kanye West.

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