John Denver / Some Days Are Diamonds [1986] - YouTube

About the song

John Denver’s “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)”. A folksy gem nestled amongst the rich tapestry of Denver’s discography. Released in 1981 as the title track for his album of the same name, this song offers a poignant reflection on the inevitable ups and downs of life.

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Denver, a singer-songwriter synonymous with optimism and connection to nature, wasn’t afraid to delve into life’s melancholic realities. “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)” stands as a testament to that. Here, we find the ever-genial Denver grappling with the emotional tides of existence.

The song’s origins are interesting. Contrary to Denver’s usual self-penned anthems, “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)” is the brainchild of Deena Kaye Rose, a songwriter known more for novelty tunes. Rose’s foray into this introspective ballad proved fruitful. Her lyrics, delivered with Denver’s signature folksy charm, resonate with a quiet power.

The beauty of the song lies in its simplicity. The opening line sets the stage: “Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.” A straightforward yet evocative contrast, immediately painting a picture of life’s duality. Denver doesn’t shy away from the “stone” days, the moments of hardship and loneliness. The lyrics “Sometimes the hard times won’t leave me alone” and “Sometimes a cold wind blows a chill in my bones” speak to the universality of struggle.

But Denver, ever the optimist, reminds us that these dark patches are temporary. The recurring line “Some days are diamonds” acts as a beacon of hope, a promise of brighter days to come. This cyclical nature of life is a recurring theme in Denver’s work, and “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)” exemplifies it perfectly.

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The song delves deeper as Denver ponders the toll these emotional fluctuations take. “The face that I see in my mirror” he sings, “More and more is a stranger to me.” This introspective verse hints at the transformative power of life’s challenges, the way they can alter our perception of ourselves. The line “More and more I can see there’s a danger In becoming what I never thought I’d be” adds a layer of vulnerability, acknowledging the fear of losing oneself amidst the storms of life.

“Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)” is a song that resonates across generations. It’s a gentle reminder that life is not a constant state of sunshine and rainbows. There will be hardships, emotional chills that seep into our bones. But within that acceptance lies a sliver of hope – the knowledge that these dark days are fleeting, and brighter ones await. It’s a song that offers solace in the face of adversity, a reminder that we are not alone in navigating life’s ever-changing currents.

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Lyrics

“Some Days Are Diamonds”

When you ask how I’ve been here without you, I like to say I’ve been fine, and I do.
But we both know the truth is hard to come by. And if I told the truth, that’s not quite true.
Some days are diamonds, some days are stone. Some times the hard times won’t leave me alone.
Some times the cold winds blow a chill in my bones.

Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.Now the face that I see in my mirror, more and more is a stranger to me.
More and more I can see there’s a danger in becoming what I never thought I’d be.
Some days are diamonds, some days are stone. Some times the hard times won’t leave me alone.
Some times the cold winds blow a chill in my bones.

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Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.Some days are diamonds, some days are stone. Some times the hard times won’t leave me alone.
Some times the cold winds blow a chill in my bones.
Some days are diamonds, some days are stone.