DIAMOND GIRL

According to Billboard, DIAMOND GIRL was ranked #40
among all albums charted during 1974. Left off the album, from the recording sessions
in December of 1972, were "It'll Cost No More," "Million Dollar Horse," and
"Fragrance." Only "Million Dollar Horse" was released -- years later -- for the GET CLOSER lp.

Producer - Louie Shelton; Guitars - Louie Shelton, James Seals; Mandolin - Dash Crofts; Fender Rhodes - Dash Crofts; Alto Sax - James Seals; Flute - Bobby Lichtig; Bass - Bobby Lichtig, Wilton Felder; Keyboard Piano - David Paich; Organ - David Paich; Drums - John Guerin, Jim Gordon, Jeff Porcaro, Harvey Mason; Percussion - Miss Bobbye Hall; String Arrangements - Mary Paich; Background Vocals - England Dan and John Ford Coley; Engineer - Dave Hassinger; 2nd Engineer - Steve Waldman; Assistant Enginner - Joseph Bogan. Recorded at the Sound Factory. Concept and photography - Ed Caraeff. Design - David Larkham (Tepee Graphics).

01. Diamond Girl
02. Ruby Jean and Billie Lee
03. Intone My Servant
04. We May Never Pass This Way (Again)
05. Nine Houses

06. Standin' On a Mountain Top
07. It's Gonna Come Down (On You)
08. Jessica
09. Dust On My Saddle (Mud On My Boots)
10. Wisdom


DIAMOND GIRL
(lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1973)
From the albums
DIAMOND GIRL (1973), GREATEST HITS (1975),
THE SEALS & CROFTS COLLECTION (1979) and TRACES (2004).

Diamond Girl, you sure do shine. Glad I found you, glad you're mine.
Oh my love, you're like a precious stone, part of earth where heaven has rained on.
Makes no difference where you are. Day or nighttime, you're like a shinin' star.
And how could I shine without you, when it's about you that I am?

Diamond Girl, roamin' wild. Such a rare thing, radiant child.
I could never find, another one like you. Part of me is deep down inside you.
Can't you feel the whole world a-turin'. We are real, and we are a-burnin'.
Diamond Girl, now that I've found you, it's about you that I am.

Diamond Girl, you sure do shine. Diamond Girl, you sure do shine.
Diamond Girl, you sure do shine. Diamond Girl, you sure do shine.

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RUBY JEAN AND BILLIE LEE
(lyrics and music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1973)
From the albums
DIAMOND GIRL (1973), GREATEST HITS (1975) and
THE SEALS & CROFTS COLLECTION (1979).

Oh Ruby Jean, last night I dreamed I was runnin' somewhere beyond the stars.
I called out to you, and you answered softly.
You are the children's eyes, and I'm the days gone by.
Oh Ruby Jean, it doesn't seem like a long, long time, since we were born again.
Into the dazzling light, uniting black and white.
You are the rich brown earth, and I'm the flowers that grow.

We'll have children (Lua), of the Kingdom (Joshua).
They won't be torn by war, nor will they
Kill or hate, or hestitate, to love. Justice.

Oh Billie Lee, it's destiny that we meet again, here on this earthly plain.
I'll see all the worlds with you, but you'll have to help me through.
You are the straight and narrow path, and I'm the wayfayer.
Oh Billie Lee, we shall be free in the years to come, to help build the Promised Land.
We'll go where the day springs run, together and live as one.
He is the object of our longing, and we're His creation.

We'll have children (Lua), of the Kingdom (Joshua).
They won't be torn by war, nor will they
Kill or hate, or hestitate, to love. Justice.

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INTONE MY SERVANT
(lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1973)
From the album
DIAMOND GIRL (1973).

In the evenin' when you're all alone,
And you're layin' on your couch at home.
Maybe it's-a one of those days when everything is wrong,
'Cause you feel like all your friends are gone.
You're friends are gone.
Intone my servant, the verses of your Lord. Intone my servant, the verses of your Lord.
Let me hear you sing, let your voices ring throughout cities of men's hearts.

In the twilight when your mind is old,
And there's no one left for you to hold.
Maybe's it's-a one of those days when the North wind's cold,
And the dark clouds have covered up the gold.
The sunshine is gone.
Intone my servant, the verses of your Lord. Intone my servant, the verses of your Lord.
Let me hear you sing, let your voices ring throughout cities of men's hearts.

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WE MAY NEVER PASS THIS WAY (AGAIN)
(lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1973)
From the albums
DIAMOND GIRL (1973), GREATEST HITS (1975),
THE SEALS & CROFTS COLLECTION (1979), LIFT UP YOUR VOICES AND SING, VOL. 2 (1997) and TRACES (2004).

Life, so they say, is but a game and we let it slip away.
Love, like the Autumn sun, should be dyin' but it's only just begun.
Like the twilight in the road up ahead, they don't see just where we're goin'.
And all the secrets in the Universe, whisper in our ears
And all the years will come and go, take us up, always up.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.

Dreams, so they say, are for the fools and they let 'em drift away.
Peace, like the silent dove, should be flyin' but it's only just begun.
Like Columbus in the olden days, we must gather all our courage.
Sail our ships out on the open sea. Cast away our fears
And all the years will come and go, and take us up, always up.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again.

So, I wanna laugh while the laughin' is easy. I wanna cry if it makes it worthwhile.
We may never pass this way again, that's why I want it with you.
'Cause, you make me feel like I'm more than a friend.
Like I'm the journey and you're the journey's end.
We may never pass this way again, that's why I want it with you, baby.

We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.
We may never pass this way again. We may never pass this way again.

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NINE HOUSES
(lyrics and music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1969)
From the album
DIAMOND GIRL (1973).

Nine houses that faith built, and all of us, all of us abuse them.
Nine houses that faith built, and all of us, all of us must use them.
For if we do then we can make the trees and the hills and rivers wide.
Sing with such love and a peace they've never known.

I can see, I can feel.
I can do a million things in dreams where sense is no longer needed.
In the wilderness. In the wilderness.
I can cross a million streams in dreams where sense is no longer needed.
Children in cocoons. Many colored tunes.
Make their way into a day where sense is no longer needed.

So there's a lotta sense in livin'. When the world we know starts givin'.
We can spread our wings some sunny day and fly away.
But 'til we all fly together, what sense does it make?

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STANDIN' ON A MOUNTAIN TOP
(lyrics and music by James Seals, 1964)
From the album
DIAMOND GIRL (1973).

Standin' on a mountain top, cryin' to the world.
Won't somebody lend a helpin' hand?
Help get back that girl, back that girl. Help me get back that girl.

Went to see Aunt Mary now, said she was to be my bride.
Went to see Aunt Mary now, said she was to be my bride.
I'm so alone and lonely, now that she's not by my side.

Standin' on a mountain top, cryin' to the world.
Won't somebody lend a helpin' hand?
Help get back that girl, back that girl. Help me win back that girl.

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IT'S GONNA COME DOWN (ON YOU)
(lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals and Dash Crofts, 1973)
From the album
DIAMOND GIRL (1973).

Once in morning contemplation, soft rain conversation. Fallin' softly on my pain.
And far away a bittersweet refrain, keeps a-callin' me.

It was in the early Spring, hills alive with rushin' springs.
Your picture hangin' on my wall. Same expression since last Fall. It keeps a-hauntin' me.

You said you had it figured out in your pretty little head.
Politics and tricks and all them things you said.
But I told you then and I'll tell you now,
It's gonna come down on you. It's gonna come down on you.

I like to wake up in the morning with your thoughts about me.
Shinin' like the sun on your mountain tops of love.
I'd like to reach you in that cold black temple you've been building.
But I know it's gonna come down on you.

It's gonna, it's gonna, it's gonna come down on you. Come down on you.
It's gonna, it's gonna, it's gonna come down on you. Come down on you.

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JESSICA
(lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals and Dash Crofts, 1973)
From the albums
DIAMOND GIRL (1973), APPETIZERS (1973) and
THE SEALS & CROFTS COLLECTION (1979).

Jessica, dear Jessica, forget me not
and won't you try to write to me, on your wedding day?
Jessica, dear Jessica, you'll look just like
a painting in your dress of white as you walk away.
But just remember who taught you how to kiss. I'm gonna miss you.
Remember back when you were just a lonely girl, all alone in a lonely world.
Did I try to care too much, or have I lost my touch?

Jessica, dear Jessica, I'll dress in black
and cry upon my pillow, when each day is through.
Jessica, my Jessica, the flowers in the fields
will bow their heads today, 'cause I'm feeling blue.
But just remember who taught you how to care. And tell me where
I can find the little girl I used to know so well. Could she still be around?
I would give the world to know if she's still in town.

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DUST ON MY SADDLE (MUD ON MY BOOTS)
(lyrics and music by James Seals, 1966)
From the album
DIAMOND GIRL (1973).

Chorus: Dust on my saddle, mud on my boots.
A coupla empty saddle bags except for two old suits.
I'm tired and I'm hungry, worried as can be.
Last night I saw a poster and they're still after me.
They claim we were in Clinton last year in the month of June.
They said on the night of the 17th in Katy's old saloon.
A man was shot in cold blood in a friendly poker game.
I don't know how it happened but somehow I got the blame.
Repeat chorus.

Well I've worked up in the gold mines and I've logged up in the hills.
Come Spring I'd drive the herds up, come Fall I'd work the mills.
Well I've done most ev'ry kind of work from letter A to Z.
I guess I'll be a-ridin' now the past is chasing me.
Repeat chorus.

Six years now since that fateful day my ridin' days have ceased.
I'm hidin' out in Kansas now, they think I am a priest.
I'm carryin' a Bible instead of a .45.
Rememberin' that poster sayin' "Dead or Alive."
Repeat chorus.

The Sunday sermon's over, I look out towards the bar.
Several men are comin', one has on a star.
Well I guess this time they caught me, runnin' ain't no use.
This robe will never stop them, they think they know the truth.

But now the star is speaking, he says that I am free.
These years I spent a-runnin', they didn't have to be.
Well they caught their man six years ago right after I left town.
My ridin' days are over now and I can settle down.
Repeat chorus.

Dust on my saddle, mud on my boots.
A coupla empty saddle bags except for two old suits.
I'm tired and I'm hungry, lonely as can be.
I'm bound for Carolina, and my family!

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WISDOM
(music by James Seals and Dash Crofts, 1973)
Instrumental from the album
DIAMOND GIRL (1973).

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