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Music Challenge #37: “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM

I heard this earlier this week, watched the video somewhere, so I hope you like and are inspired by this week’s music choice: “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe.

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Diamonds” sung by Marilyn Monroe

” ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ is most famously performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe’s character, Lorelei Lee is followed on a Transatlantic ocean liner by a detective hired by her fiancé’s father. Her father wants the assurance Lorelei is not marrying purely for money.

Then, Lorelei’s father is informed of compromising pictures taken of her with a British diamond mine owner and cancels her letter of credit before she arrives in France. Thus, she must work in a nightclub to survive. Later, her fiancé arrives at the cabaret to see her perform ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” which is about exploiting men for riches.

Diamonds are a theme in the film, as Lorelei is given a diamond tiara by the mine owner, in gratitude for her recovering the compromising photographs. Most of the song is sung by Monroe, but she needed help in two phrases – “These rocks don’t lose their shape, diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, and at the beginning with a series of high-pitched “no’s”, all of which were dubbed in by the soprano Marni Nixon, in the movie. 

As well, the song was listed as the 12th most important film song of all time by the American Film InstituteMonroe’s rendition of the song has been considered an iconic performance and has since been copied by many entertainers.

The song featured in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, in which it’s sung principally, by Satine, the (fictional) star performer of the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris. The movie was a musical adaptation that director Baz Luhrmann titled “Sparkling Diamonds.” However, it consists of an adaptation of  ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend‘ differing from the version in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Wikipedia.com).”

Use ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe (or Nicole Kidman) for inspiration to any form of creative expression (including but not limited to short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, (etc.). Alternatively, if you are a musician, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

What do the lyrics inspire in you? Do you feel that Marilyn’s character in the movie just wanted to use men for money? Or did she really love him? Do you have memories of watching this film or hearing this song in the background?  You can always use pieces of the lyrics to inspire you. Any creative form goes, within reason.

“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe

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


Black Star
Frost Gorham
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 baggettes


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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9 comments on “Music Challenge #37: “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sung by Marilyn Monroe #musicchallenge #amwriting #MLMM

  1. Paula Light
    September 22, 2018

    I love these lyrics! I’ve always thought they were so clever.

    • mandibelle16
      September 22, 2018

      Thanks Paula, me too! Catchy 🙂 Feel Free to respond to the Prompt should you wish! Happy Saturday 🎈

      • Paula Light
        September 22, 2018

        Thanks! Have a great day! 😀

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  3. pvcann
    September 22, 2018

    Great choice, love this version

    • mandibelle16
      September 22, 2018

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you like. It’s the best I think. I like the modern Moulin Rouge adaption, but I think Marilyn does it best lol. Thanks & feel free to respond to the Prompt if you wish 🙂

      • pvcann
        September 23, 2018

        Yes I like the Moulin Rouge one too, but indeed, somehow Marilyn carries it off well. And thanks for the invitation – I will.

      • mandibelle16
        September 24, 2018

        Oh awesome. They are good in separate ways I think 🙂 Look forward to reading yours 🙂

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