Joan Baez
Diamonds and Rust
Original Translation of Slang

Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call

And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

I'll be damned I'm surprised
Here comes your ghost again

And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known

light years ago a really long time ago
Heading straight for a fall going directly to failure

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robins' eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the Midwest

Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms

robin's eggs (not slang) robins are large black birds with red chests which symbolize spring for Americans. Their eggs are a strong light blue-green color.
lousy poor quality
booth (not slang) public telephone (they used to be in booths, like in Superman) Midwest (not slang) the middle of the US, from to Ohio to Iowa and including states to the north. The song is about Baez's ex-boyfriend Bob Dylan, who is from Minnesota, a part of the Midwest.

burst on the scene appeared suddenly on the music scene

vagabond (not slang) wanderer
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague

Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

the girl on the half-shell (not slang) reference to the Renaissance painting "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli

crummy low quality

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