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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

By Jule Styne and Leo Robin
1949

Although today connected permanently with Marilyn Monroe thanks to her performance in the 1953 film version of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, this playful number was introduced by Carol Channing, who played the original Lorelei Lee on stage in 1949. It later became a standard among female vocalists, and was even alluded to by Madonna in the music video for her 1984 hit, "Material Girl", and performed by Nicole Kidman in the 2001 musical, Moulin Rouge.

Lyrics:
The French are glad to die for love,
They delight in fighting duels,
But I prefer a man who lives and gives Expensive jewels.
A kiss on the hand maybe quite continental
But diamonds are a girl's best friend
A kiss may be grand.. but it won't pay the rental on your humble flat
Or help you at the automat
Men grow cold as girls grow old
And we all lose our charms in the end
But square cut or pear shape these rocks don't lose there shape 
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
... Tiffany's! ... Cartiea! Black, Starr, Frost Gorham
Talk to me Harry Winston tell me all about it!
There may come a time when a lass needs a lawyer
But diamonds are a girl's best friend
There may come a time when a hard boiled employer thinks you're awful nice
But get that ice or else no dice
He's your guy when stocks are high but beware when they start to descend
Because that's when those louses go back to their spouses
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
I've heard of affairs that are strictly platonic
But diamonds are a girl's best friend
And I think affairs that you must keep the masonic are better bets
If little girls get big bagettes
Time rolls on and youth is gone and you can't straighten up when you bend
But stiff back or stiff knees you stand straight at.. Tiffany's...
diamonds... diamonds... I don't mean rhinestones.. but diamonds... are a girls best... best friend.
Recorded By:

Lena Horne
Jo Stafford
Julie London
Eartha Kitt
Ethel Merman

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