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Rough Gem
Islands Lyrics

The world beat you for something nice
You worked hard, died poor
You mined what you died for
Diamonds, di-di-di-di-di, ah

You can whistle my name
It's the mines in Africa
That are to blame
You can scoop out my brain
Shape it into an ear and then tell me your pain

I've been awake from the first day
Stayed awake, stayed awake
The rabbit was removed under the whole moon
Longer, short road

Dig deep but don't dig too deep
When it's late you'll see the hole is empty and oh so deadly
They want me raw and smooth like glass
They want it fast but they don't want flaws
I'm a girl's best friend
Can you cut, I can cut, 'cause I'm a rough gem

Who lives in those lights in the distance?
Watered down, the rain will help you out
I had a dream, it was all a dream
But it was ruined by the sun shining through me

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Nicholas Shanahan Thorburn

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Giovanna Medina

my 7th grade teacher showed me this song and i've yet to forget it. Thanks Mr. Wagner you're the realest

Dre Sean

Giovanna Medina did... did you live in SLO county???

Ian Maile

I love happy songs with dark lyrics. This song is about blood diamonds.


I agree there's something about this song that's infectious. The cheesy keyboards and happy little beat....It lulls you into that false feeling that everything is a-ok!

João H.

Essa música é simplesmente perfeita!!!

Sam Raimia

This is just about the happiest sounding song i have ever heard. It's great.

Callie Vasey

I loooooove this song! Favorite part 3:14 - 3:28 :D <3333


Love it. Seen em live twice in the past two decades.


Riding my bmx with this song : best trip ever

Christy Leeds

Omg the memories of 10th grade

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