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Diamond As Big As The Ritz
Written by: Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, and Peter Mayer
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: Barometer Soup (1995)

Lyrics:
Verse:
Hidden in the mountains
Under the earth and stone
A cubic mile of perfection
A treasure no one has known

One man came upon this mother load
Built himself a thousand room chateau

Verse:
He’s the emperor of diamonds
[Girls:] Master of the prize
He’s got a hold on happiness
[Girls:] All that money can buy

Every night he lives in fascination
This is not an everyday sensation

Chorus:
It’s the diamond as big as the ritz
What you gonna do with this, tell me
Who’s gonna save you when you’re a slave to
The diamond as big as the ritz

[Amy]

Verse:
A blessing can become a curse
[Girls:] If you keep it to yourself
Your own exaggeration
[Girls:]: Is not so good for your health

It’s the prophecy of the unattainable dream
If you take one look behind the shine
It doesn’t always gleam

[Amy]

Every night he lives in fascination
[Girls:] Fascination
This is not an everyday sensation

Chorus:
It’s the diamond as big as the ritz
What you gonna do with this, tell me
Who’s gonna save you when you’re a slave to
The diamond as big as the ritz

[Girls:] Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds
Coal under pressure
[Girls:] Diamonds
Crystalline measure
[Girls:] Diamonds
Ornamental treasure
[Girls:] Diamonds
Crystalline measure
[Girls:] Diamonds
In the corner of your eye
[Girls:] Diamonds
Make a grown man cry
[Girls:] Diamonds
All the seeds you’ve sown
[Girls:] Diamonds

{
no:
Sparkle of treasure
Ornamental pleasure
}

Verse:
Greed can crumble castle walls
[All:] Greed can purchase you thrills
Power is a dangerous thing
[Girls:] It can maim, it can kill

It’s the prophecy of the unattainable dream
If you take one look behind the shine
It doesn’t always gleam

Chorus:
It’s the diamond as big as the ritz
What you gonna do with this, tell me
Who’s gonna save you when you’re a slave to
The diamond as big as the ritz

Chorus:
It was a diamond as big as the ritz
What you gonna do with this, tell me
Who’s gonna save you when you’re a slave to
The diamond as big as the ritz

[Peter solo (on that guitar)]

Shows Played At:
10-27-2005: Rose Garden – Portland, OR
08-31-2005: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
08-25-2005: Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
08-21-2005: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
06-26-2005: PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
06-22-2005: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
06-20-2005: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
06-17-2005: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
06-15-2005: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
06-13-2005: Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto,
04-19-2005: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
04-16-2005: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
04-12-2005: Cricket Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
04-09-2005: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
04-07-2005: Arrowhead Pond – Anaheim, CA
04-05-2005: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
02-26-2005: Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
02-23-2005: Charlotte Coliseum – Charlotte, NC
02-21-2005: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
02-19-2005: Office Depot Center – Sunrise, FL
02-17-2005: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
08-25-1995: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-15-1995: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
08-07-1995: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
08-05-1995: Buckeye Lake – Columbus, OH
08-04-1995: Popular Creek Music Theatre – Hoffman Estates, IL
06-17-1995: Star Lake Amphitheatre – Burgettstown, PA
06-14-1995: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-13-1995: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-10-1995: Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
06-09-1995: Deer Creek Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-05-1995: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-02-1995: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
05-31-1995: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
05-27-1995: The Woodlands – Houston, TX
04-23-1995: Orlando Arena – Orlando, FL
04-20-1995: Jacksonville Coliseum – Jacksonville, FL
04-19-1995: Miami Arena – Miami, FL
04-14-1995: North Charleston Coliseum – Charleston, SC
04-12-1995: Coast Coliseum – Biloxi, MS
04-11-1995: Maravich Assembly Center – Baton Rouge, LA
Number of Shows: 41