Music Friday: Rob Thomas’ 2009 Hit ‘Her Diamonds’ Is an Intimate Tale of Empathy and Love

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you hit songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Rob Thomas singing his 2009 hit, “Her Diamonds,” an intimate and heartfelt song about his wife’s struggles with a rare autoimmune disease.

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In the song, Thomas uses the phrase “her diamonds” as a metaphor for his wife’s tears. He sings, “And she says oh / I can’t take no more / Her tears like diamonds on the floor / And her diamonds bring me down / Cause I can’t help her now.”

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Thomas revealed that the song was about his wife, Marisol, although his intention was to have the song transcend the personal.

“My wife has an autoimmune disease and [we’ve had to] deal with that for the last six or seven years,” he said. “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.”

“Her Diamonds,” which was the lead song from Thomas’s second solo album, Cradlesong, zoomed to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart and topped out at #23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Fans of Thomas, who is also the frontman for Matchbox Twenty, may remember the chilling official video for “Her Diamonds.” Actress Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) stars in the video as a woman trapped in a thick coating of ice. She sits petrified and motionless on a bed, staring out the window. But, slowly, the sunlight from the window melts the ice, releasing Silverstone from her icy chrysalis.

Obviously, this represents Thomas’ hope that his wife will overcome the disease and have a bright future.

Thomas noted that Marisol was intimately involved with the song. She sang backup on the track and produce the arrangement.

We hope you enjoy the official video of “Her Diamonds,” a YouTube sensation that has been viewed more than three million times. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“Her Diamonds”
Written and performed by Rob Thomas.

Oh what the hell she said
I just can’t win for losing
And she lays back down
Man there’s so many times
I don’t know what I’m doing
Like I don’t know now

By the light of the moon
She rubs her eyes
Says it’s funny how the night
Can make you blind
I can just imagine
And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
But if she feels bad then i do too
So I let her be

And she says oh
I can’t take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
Cause I can’t help her now
She’s down in it
She tried her best but now she can’t win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

She sits down and stares into the distance
And it takes all night
And i know i could break her concentration
But it don’t feel right

By the light of the moon
She rubs her eyes
Sits down on the bed and starts to cry
And there’s something less about her
And I don’t know what I’m supposed to do
So I sit down and I cry too
And don’t let her see

And she says oh
I can’t take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
Cause I can’t help her now
She’s down in it
She tried her best but now she can’t win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

She shuts out the night
Tries to close her eyes
If she can find daylight
She’ll be alright
She’ll be alright
Just not tonight

And she says oh
I can’t take no more
Her tears like diamonds on the floor
And her diamonds bring me down
Cause I can’t help her now
She’s down in it
She tried her best but now she can’t win it
Hard to see them on the ground
Her diamonds falling down

Image: YouTube screen capture.

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