The Diamond

from Fully Alive by Bryan Sirchio

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"The Diamond"
from "Fully Alive" album.

The Diamond

Words & Music By Bryan Sirchio

My son asked me if he could use the diamond from the ring
I’d given to his mom when I asked her if she would marry me
The diamond that my grandpa gave my grandma
That she had worn for over 50 years

At first I was surprised that my son wanted that same gem
His mama gave it back to me when she and I came to an end
Our marriage lasted for 23 years, in case you’re wondering
I’d say the blame was mostly mine

But she and I are friends now, although that took some time
And she and I agreed how it would be so good and right
If our beloved son could give that family gem its luster back again

And all I know, after all these years
Is Grace is so amazing it can make an old stone shine
And stories we thought always would be sad
Love can still reclaim and rearrange the end

The jeweler who appraised the diamond said, “I’ve got bad news…
This diamond has been damaged; it’s been chipped 2 times, here, I’ll show you
And as I looked I smiled and thought to myself,
How perfect—I mean metaphorically
One chip for his mama’s heart and one for my heart too
Symbols of our less than perfect lives and all that we’ve been through
God knows how much it hurt but I’m amazed now
How the Spirit used it all to grow our hearts

And it makes me think about a line that Leonard Cohen wrote
A verse I find myself returning to, here’s how it goes
“There’s a crack in everything…that’s how the Light gets in”

Chorus

Bridge: So son of mine this gem is yours to give to your bride now
Don’t worry if you add a chip or two
Thanks for all the ways your love brings healing to us all
And thanks for making this diamond brand new

Chorus

My son asked me if he could use the diamond from the ring
I’d given to his mom when I asked her if she would marry me
The diamond he will soon give to his love
I hope she wears it for over 50 years
I pray she wears it for over 50 years

credits

from Fully Alive, released May 4, 2015

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