Diamonds

The song “Diamonds” is one I heard many years ago, and it attracted me with its simple but effective guitar riff and drum beat. However, I never gave much more thought to it, never learned anything about the band — The Boxer Rebellion — and never thought to look for an official music video until today, when I decided I’d post the song. (It’s been on my notepad for a while…)

The song is the opening track from The Boxer Rebellion’s fourth studio album, Promises, released in 2013. My Apple Music app’s metadata tells me I added the song to my library from the iTunes Store in 2014. I probably heard it on CBC Radio 3, as that was one of my primary sources of new music at the time.

Of course, I looked them up and found they are made up of Brits from London and a fellow from Tennessee, USA.

I found the official video quite stunning when watching it tonight. The song seems to me to be about a man wrestling with regret over his part in a failed relationship. But the video took it further as the singer/main character, in his busy day, can’t look folks in the eye and hangs his head; he seems racked with guilt and shame. Those two, along with blame, form what a dear friend calls the “three amigos.” Things many of us men live with, and not very well, I might add. Not equipped to deal with them, and somehow not naturally open to exploring ways to learn to deal with them, we hide our feelings, bury them, diffuse, transfer. I think that’s what happens in the video as the man is wholly consumed by something that literally drowns him, in his office.

Pretty little thing did you feel something
Did you always want me to be something
To mend a broken a heart
From a Devil of shallow nonsense
Turned your world upside down

Whatever said that it’d mean something
Whatever said that it’d mean nothing
And did I look the part
When it’s all said and done
When it’s all said and done

I’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame

I’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame

Never wanna hide the truth from you
Just hang my head what I put you through
I wasn’t good enough
When what’s done is done love
When it’s all said and done

But I’m

No good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame

Cause I fall away
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was

I’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame

I’m no good next to Diamonds
When I’m too close to start to fade
Are you angry with me now
Are you angry cause I’m to blame

Cause I fall away
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was
Further than I ever was

I have no words

(“Diamonds,” by Nathan Nicholson, Todd Howe, Adam Harrison, Piers Hewitt.
Unofficial lyrics are courtesy of AZLyrics.com.)

No matter what our early (or later) lives have dealt us, there are ways out of the patterns, excuses, addictions and other dysfunctions that might limit our lives. If you’re a man and struggling, there is help. There are men’s groups, resources, courses, trainings, retreats, and they can and will make a difference in your life. They have for me and many men I know, of all ages and walks of life. Healthier men are good for themselves, their families, their communities. If you need help, find a therapist, then look up men’s organizations and groups in your area. You’re not alone. None of us is alone. Unless we choose to be. (And please, don’t do that.)

And, as an aside, the other day I was talking with one of my brothers, and as he often does, he brought up serendipity. He and I both marvel at its presence in our lives.

Thinking about serendipity and the concept of help, today, Sweety and I joined in celebrating (virtually) with a dear friend who lives in America and was being ordained into ecumenical ministry. He’s a remarkable man. We’ve never met in person, yet he and I are close, trusted confidantes for each other. He’s someone who I know will continue to help and guide many people on their journeys of healing and growing: men, women, all genders and identities. That is something that truly gives me hope for the world.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the song from The Boxer Rebellion’s official YouTube channel:

What did you think of the song? If you liked it, please give the video a thumb’s up as that helps the band. If you liked my post, please give it a like or a comment, or follow me. And if you have a question, please contact me. I would love to hear from you.

One thought on “Diamonds

  1. By the way, I just found a note that said I heard this song on YouTube’s autoplay while I was working on my February 24, 2021 post on “To Build a Home,” by the Cinematic Orchestra.

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