Friday, September 21, 2012

Music Friday: 'I Dug Up a Diamond' With Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you a great selection of songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we feature Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris singing "I Dug Up a Diamond" from their collaborative 2006 album, All the Roadrunning.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Knopfler is best known for his 18-year run as the lead guitarist and front man for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977. The four-time Grammy Award winner is one of the most respected guitarists of the modern rock era. Rolling Stone magazine rated him 27th on its prestigious list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold more than 120 million albums.

Twelve-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has enjoyed a stellar career that has spanned more than four decades. In addition to her success as a songwriter, musician and solo artist, the Alabama native has been the go-to duet partner for some of the top names in the music business, including Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Check out the sweet harmonies of Harris and Knopfler as they perform "I Dug Up a Diamond" during their 2006 "All The Roadrunning" tour. The lyrics are below if you'd like to sing along...

"I Dug Up a Diamond"

Written by Mark Knopfler. Performed by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris.

I dug up a diamond
Rare and fine
I dug up a diamond
In a deep dark mine
If only I could cling to
my beautiful find
I dug up a diamond
In a deep dark mine

My gem is special
Beyond all worth
As strong as any metal
Or stone in the earth
Sharp as any razor
Or blade you can buy
Bright as any laser
Or any star in the sky

Maybe once in a lifetime
You'll hold one in your hand
Once in a lifetime
In this land
Where the journey ends
In a worthless claim
Time and again
In the mining game

I dug up a diamond
Rare and fine
I dug up a diamond
In a deep dark mine
Down in the darkness
In the dirt and the grime
I dug up a diamond
In a deep dark mine

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