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Black Diamond is the last track off KISS' self-titled debut album. The transition from the March 1973 version to the November 1973 recording for the debut album saw the introduction being developed with more pronounced acoustic guitar. The lead into the song also changed from a cymbal to Peter counting off time with his sticks. The guitar solo is shortened, being replaced with another repetition of the verse, and while the song is nearly 1:30 longer than the demo, the final 1:45 of the song is the extended outro with a decreasing tempo fade. According to Paul, “The tag at the end of the song reminds me of early Neil Young or ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ It needed something extra, because we just didn’t think the song was over” (Guitar World, 8/92).

In Their Own WordsEdit

Peter Criss - "Eddie Kramer loved my screaming voice and said Peters got to sing this"

LyricsEdit

Out on the street for a living

Picture's only begun, whoo-ooo-ooooooh

Got you under their thumb

Hit it!

Out on the streets for a living

Picture's only begun

Your day is sorrow and madness

Got you under their thumb

[Chorus] Whoo, black diamond

Whoo, black diamond


Darkness will fall on the city

It seems to follow you too, whoo-ooo-ooooooh

And though you don't ask for pity

There's nothin' that you can do, no, no


[Chorus] Whoo, black diamond

Whoo, black diamond


[Solo]


Out on the streets for a living

Picture's only begun, whoo-ooo-ooooooh

Your day is sorrow and madness

Got you under their thumb


[Chorus] Whoo, black diamond, yeah

Whoo, black diamond

Black Diamond Can Also Be Found OnEdit

Alive! 1975

Double Platinum 1978

Greatest KISS 1997

Kiss Box Set 2001

Kiss Symphony: Alive IV 2003

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