Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (1953)

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Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (1953)

Though the song was introduced in the 1949 Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, it entered the popular lexicon when bombshell Marilyn Monroe performed it in the feature film of the same name four years later. An encapsulation of the gold-digging mentality, the song states that heroics on the battlefield or passionate expressions of love are no match for a man opening his wallet to buy expensive jewels for his lady. The musical number shows Monroe will show all the trappings we would come to associate with the sexpot: beautifully coiffed blonde hair, pink gown and gloves, dripping with baubles. She pragmatically points out that a kiss won’t pay your rent, and presciently sings, “Get that ice or else no dice.” While men, women and relationships all change, only diamonds retain their luster forever.

Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend [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
May be 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-shaped,
These rocks don’t lose their shape.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Tiffany’s!
Cartier!
Black Starr!
Frost Gormham!
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.

It’s then that 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 liaisonic
Are better bets
If little pets get big baguettes.

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 girl’s best friend.

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