Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes Lyrics - Paul Simon

Paul Simon Graceland cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Joseph Shabalala, Paul Simon
release date: 1986-8-29
genres: Jazz Rock Funk / Soul Pop Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Pop Rock/Afrobeat/Funk/African/Zydeco/Rhythm & Blues
length: 5:49
producer: Paul Simon
vocal: Paul Simon
trumpet: Earl Gardner
engineer: Roy Halee
alto saxophone: Alex Foster
guitar: Chikapa “Ray” Phiri and Paul Simon
percussion: Babacar Faye, Youssou N’Dour and Assane Tham
tenor saxophone: Lenny Pickett
choir vocals: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
drums (drum set): Isaac Mtshali
bass guitar: Bakithi Kumalo
assistant engineer: Mark Cobrin
composer: Paul Simon
lyricist: Paul Simon
writer: Joseph Shabalala
(A-wa) o kodwa you zo-nge li-sa namhlange
(A-wa a-wa) si-bona kwenze ka kanjani
(A-wa a-wa) amanto mbazane ayeza
She's a rich girl
She don't try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

He's a poor boy
Empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing ta na na
Ta na na na

She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

People say she's crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well that's one way to lose these
Walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She was physically forgotten
Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds

And I could say oo oo oo
As if everybody knows
What I'm talking about
As if everybody would know
Exactly what I was talking about
Talking about diamonds on the soles of her shoes

She makes the sign of a teaspoon
He makes the sign of a wave
The poor boy changes clothes
And puts on after-shave
To compensate for his ordinary shoes

And she said honey take me dancing
But they ended up by sleeping
In a doorway
By the bodegas and the lights on
Upper broadway
Wearing diamonds on the soles of their shoes

And I could say oo oo oo
As if everybody here would know
What I was talking about
I mean everybody here would know exactly
What I was talking about
Talking about diamonds

People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of our shoes



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Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Boy in the Bubble
  • 2 Graceland
  • 3 I Know What I Know
  • 4 Gumboots
  • 5 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  • 6 You Can Call Me Al
  • 7 Under African Skies
  • 8 Homeless
  • 9 Crazy Love, Vol. II
  • 10 That Was Your Mother
  • 11 All Around the World or The Myth of Fingerprints