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Diamonds (Rihanna)
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A hit which has been number one in many countries. The song's music video depicts Rihanna in four environments that represent the elements of earth, air, water and fire. It features "dreamy" and "surreal" scenes of the singer.

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

Find light in the beautiful sea
I choose to be happy
You and I, you and I
We're like diamonds in the sky

You're a shooting star I see
A vision of ecstasy
When you hold me, I'm alive
We're like diamonds in the sky

I knew that we'd become one right away, oh right away
At first sight I felt the energy of sun rays
I saw the life inside your eyes

So shine bright, tonight, you and I
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Eye to eye, so alive
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Palms rise to the universe
As we moonshine and molly
Feel the warmth we'll never die
We're like diamonds in the sky

You're a shooting star I see
A vision of ecstasy
When you hold me, I'm alive
We're like a diamonds in the sky

At first sight I felt the energy of sun rays
I saw the life inside your eyes

So shine bright, tonight, you and I
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Eye to eye, so alive
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

So shine bright, tonight, you and I
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky
Eye to eye, so alive
We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Oh yea

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

SHOOTING STAR= A meteorite (a rock coming from the sky onto the earth) which leaves a shining trail as it crosses the earth’s atmosphere for a moment (see picture)

ECSTASY= Intense joy or delight.

HOLD= If you hold someone you embrace them, hug them, put your arms around them to show your love.

WE’D BECOME ONE= We two would turn into one single person; we’d get united as if we’re only one, and not two people.

RIGHT AWAY= Immediately.

AT FIRST SIGHT= The moment I saw you.

EYE TO EYE= If two people see eye to eye, they have the same opinion; they think in similar ways, they agree on things.

PALMS= /pɑ:mz/ The inner part of your hands. Raising our palms up to the sky is a common act of praying in some religions (also among many Christians)

WE MOONSHINE AND MOLLY = We get drunk and high (high= under the effect of drugs)
MOONSHINE =Moonlight (the light from the moon)… but also a kind of strong alcoholic drink.
MOLLY= A popular aquarium fish (see picture)… but also a kind of drugs.
The words “moonshine” and “molly” are nouns, but Rihanna uses them as verbs to explain the effects of both substances. English can be very flexible about the function of words.

Talking about the message of her song, Rihanna told MTV News: "I think a lot of people are afraid of being happy because of what others might think of it, They're afraid to embrace that and embrace themselves and love themselves and do what they love and do what makes them happy. My story is definitely going to be a happily ever after, no matter what."

The Anthony Mandler-directed video showcases Rihanna in a variety of beautiful and sad settings. We see her in four different environments, each representing one of the four elements; earth, air, water and fire, highlighting the song's sense of hope in the midst of chaos and destruction. The Bajan star explained to MTV News that the clip concentrates more on emotion, than any tangible storyline. "With every song it's a different story, so the visuals are very specific to that story and that world. With 'Diamonds,' it was just a series of vignettes that we put together to help get the emotion across throughout the song 'cause the song changes and it builds, and there's no real way that you could do that," she explained. "You just want people to feel that and I wanted little cutaways of interactions that would give you the right emotion."

As well as interpreting the emotion of the song, the series of seemingly unrelated vignettes paint a portrait of Rihanna's much-discussed personal life. "Nothing in life is black or white, just death and taxes, and there's always two sides to the story, and there's always multiple ways to look at the same situation, depending on who you are in that situation. Are you one of the people involved, or are you an outside viewer?" Mandler explained to MTV News. "And you can see what I'm getting at in terms of relating this to Rihanna's real life, and what she's been through. What's truth or fiction? You know 'Is she drowning, or is she in complete ecstasy? Are those hands coming apart, or are they finding each other?' ... we tried to bring up these deeper questions that relate to song and her life and finding beauty in chaos and finding beauty in pain and finding pain in beauty."

 
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