"BLACK DIAMOND STRINGS"
By Larry Cordle and Larry Shell
My first guitar was a loaner an old off brand my cousin let me keep
Back when I was learning how to play like the boys in Tennessee.
I'd sit up every night and pick it till my fingers turned green,
And I learned how to make her talk on them Black Diamond Strings.
Well Daddy showed me three chords, but Jimmy Steele taught me how to play.
He showed me the G run I'm still using today.
I thought it must be magic the way he made it ring,
But he said it ain't no secret son, it's these Black Diamond Strings.
Well I don't know if they still make 'em, back then they were the best
And a good time didn't cost much, two ninety-five a set.
Back before I left Faye Ellen to chase my hillbilly dreams
All it took to make me happy was an old guitar and Black Diamond Strings.
Now I've been to the mountain top, had my share of troubles too
But if I could do it all again, Lord I know just what I'd o.
Cause if I could have just one wish, I'd take a trip back in a time machine
To the day I learned to play the Wildwood Flower on Black Diamond Strings.
Hey back before I left Faye Ellen to chase my make-it-big dreams,
All it took to make me happy was this old box and Black Diamond Strings.
This t-shirt's image is of a sting packet of the old Black Diamond Strings, of much notoriety and fame. They were the most popular and easiest to find string replacements for banjos and guitars. Sometimes you could find the Black Diamond String brand in stores that weren't even music stores. The National Music String Company was the first manufacturer of harmonicas in America, and became the world's largest producer of steel strings. The company is now long defunct with a closed factory located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The majority of the buildings that once made up the factory are now rotting and unsafe due to urban decay. We bring you this unaltered design remembering a simpler time when inexpensive instruments were just starting to become manufactured on a larger scale.
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