the text of Famous Diamonds (2016)
once there was a diamond, once there was a mine
once there were volcanoes, our bodies entwined
are you just a trapping to rid myself of?
or this time, it’s the real thing? this time it’s love?
once there was a mountain, once there was the sea
once you held me in your arms like branches of a tree
once i held you in my head, the surface of the sun
i kept a map of all your charms, each and every one
desire was a picture and one i rarely took
obliterating all i had with just a single look
the tightest arms will loosen with the fading of desire
and mountains fall into the sea when opening to fire
once there was desire and once there was the world
desire swam into the sea, opened arms, unfurled
desire is a diamond pulled from the earth around
and desire was a siren that made me run aground
did i search a diamond, was i told to steal its gleam,
was i told to wrap my world around it, was it just a dream?
desire sells its shining charms and casts the world aside
bending light to cover up that which desire hides
then desire captured me, a polished gleaming arc
just as i saw you in my head before the sun grew dark
is it much to ask you, that you wake with thoughts of me
when every night i bend my charms to shine so bright for thee?
your memory is shattered, a turn i can’t outrun
once you were an effigy. now you’re anyone
once i saw a clearer frame but now a thought endures
did i ever possess you, was i ever yours?
now desire’s captured me, beyond objects to want
shining brighter than the other things desire haunts
the moon holds all these pieces in a tidal wonderland
a diamond is a piece of coal, a volcano grains of sand