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Alicia Keys' Lyrics for Her Second Studio Album, The Diary of Alicia Keys

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The Diary of Alicia Keys

Format: Audio CD

Release Date: December 2, 2003

Label: J-Records

Track Listings

1. Harlem's Nocturne

[Piano]
Drop it
Yeah, yeah
Come in for a minute,
Welcome back
It's just me and you in this room right now
There's so many things that are on my mind
Ah yeah, ah yeah
Sometimes it's hard to say
So I take all I've got
And so I take all I have
And I put it into this
I put it right here in my diary
Can u feel it?
Uh, uh, uh
Take this journey with me

2. Karma

Weren't you the one who said that you don't want me anymore
And how you need your space and give the keys back to your door
And how I cried and tried and tried to make you stay with me
And still you said your love was gone and that I had to leave
Now you're Talking bout a family
Now you're saying I complete your dreams
Oh
Now you're sayin I'm your everything
You're confusing me
What you saying to me, don't play wit me, don't play wit me
Cause....

[Chorus:]
What goes around comes around
What goes up must come down
Now who's cryin', desirin' to come back to me
What goes around comes around
What goes up must come down
Now who's cryin, desirin', to come back

I remember when I was sittin home alone
Waitin for you til 3 o'clock in the 'morn
And when you came home you'd always have some sorry excuse
Half explaining to me like I'm just some kind of a fool
I sacrificed the things I wanted just to do things for you
But when it's time to do for me
You never come thru
Now you wanna be up under me
Now you have so much to say to me
Now you wanna make time for me
Whatcha doin to me, you're confusin me
Don't play with me don't play with me cause

[Repeat Chorus 2x]

I remember when I was sittin home alone
Waitin for you till 3 o'clock in the 'morn
Night after night knowing something goin on
Wasn't long before I be gone
Lord knows it wasn't easy believe me
Never thought you'd be the one that would deceive me
And never do what you're supposed to do
No need to approach me fool, cuz I'm over you

[Repeat Chorus]

Gotta stop trying to come back to me

[Repeat Chorus]

It's called Karma baby and it goes around

3. Heartburn

Yea. Come on. Timbo! A. Keys,
Let's go!
Let me tell you something
Tell you how I feel
When he comes around
I get to feelin ill
It's a achy feelin inside my chest
It's like I'm going into cardiac arrest

[CHORUS:]
Adrenaline rushing in my body
All my power I just can't fight it
No matter how I keep on tryin'
I can't deny I got this...heartburn [repeat under]
Burnin in my soul
Call the fire department
It's out of control

Got me trippin', slippin', getting' beside myself
I tried some medication but don't nothin help
So I said "Docta, Docta, tell me will I die?"
And he said, "Count to 5 Alicia"
And I'm goin to be all right, Let's go! 1,2,3,4

[CHORUS:]
Adrenaline rushing in my body
All my power I just can't fight it
No matter how I keep on tryin
I can't deny I got this...heartburn [repeat under]
Burnin in my soul
Call the fire department
It's out of control

Tastes so good I can't resist
Getting harder to digest
Can't take no more
Gotta shake it off, and break it down
And take it to the ground with me now
Everybody say OOOOHHHH...
Don't you know I got this...heartburn [repeat under]
Burnin in my soul
Call the fire department
It's out of control
What you tryin' to do?
Heartburn [repeat under]
Burnin in my soul
Call the fire department
It's out of control

Shake it Shake it Shake it off...go head girl
Shake it Shake it Shake it off...oohoohooh
Shake it Shake it Shake it off...go head girl
Shake it Shake it Shake it off...oohoohooh
Go head girl
Oohoohooh

4. If I Was Your Woman/ Walk on By

[Verse I:]

If I was your woman
And you were my man
You'd have no other woman
You'd be weak as a lamb
If you had the strength
To walk out my door
My love would over rule my sense
And I'd call you back for more

[Chorus:]

If I was your woman
If I was your woman
If I was your woman
If I was your woman
And you were my man, yeah

[Verse II:]

She tears you down darlin
Says you're nothing at all
But I'll pick you up darlin
When she lets you fall cause
You're like a diamond
But she treats you like glass
Yet you beg her to love you
But me you won't ask

[Chorus:]

If I were your woman
If I was your woman
If I were your woman
If I was your woman
If I were your woman
If I was your woman
Here's what I'd do
I'd never, never no no
Stop loving you, yeah

[Verse III:]

Life is so crazy
And love is unkind
Because she was first darlin'
Will she hang on your mind?
You're part of me
But you don't even know it
I'm what you need
But I'm too afraid to show it

[Chorus:]

If I were your woman
If I was your woman
If I were your woman
If I was your woman
If I were your woman
If I was your woman
Here's what I'd do
I'd never, never no no
Stop loving you, yeah
If I was your woman
Here's what I'd do
I'd never, never, never
Stop loving you, yeah

[Bridge:]

If I were your woman
If I were your woman
If I was your woman
If I was your woman
If I were your woman

5. You Don't Know My Name

Baby, baby, baby
From the day I saw you
I really really want to catch your eye
There's something special 'bout you
I must really like you
Cause not a lotta guys are worth my time
Ooo baby, baby, baby
It's gettin kind of crazy
Cause you are takin over my mind
And it feels like oooooo
But you don't know my name
And I swear it feels like ooooo ooooo ooooo ooooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)

Oh baby baby baby
I see us on our first date
You're doin everything that makes me smile
And when we had our first kiss
It happened on a Thursday
Ooooo it set my soul on fire
Ooo baby baby baby
I can't wait for the first time
My imagination's runnin wild
It feels like ooooo
You don't know my name
And I swear it baby, it feels like oooo ooooo ooooo ooooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)

"I'm sayin, he don't even know what he's doin' to me
Got me feelin' all crazy inside
I'm feelin like"
Owww! Ooooo Oooooo
Doin more than I've ever done for anyone's attention
Take notice of what's in front of you
Cause did I mention you're 'bout to miss a good thing
And you'll never know how good it feels to have all of my affection
And you'll never get a chance to experience my lovin'
Cause my lovin' feels like ooooooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know
And I swear it feels like oooo ooooo ooooo ooooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
Ohhh

Will you ever know it, no no no no no
Will you ever know it?
"I'm gonna have to just go ahead and call this boy.
Hello? Can I speak to -- to Michael?
Oh hey, how you doin?
Uh, I feel kinda silly doin' this,
But um, this is the waitress from the coffee house on 39th and Lennox
You know, the one with the braids?
Yeah, well I see you on Wednesdays all the time
You come in every Wednesday on your lunch break, I think
And you always order the special, with the hot chocolate
And my manager be tripping and stuff
Talking bout we gotta use water
But I always use some milk and cream for you
Cause I think you're kinda sweet.
Anyway you always got on some fly blue suit
'n your cufflinks are shining all bright
So, whatchu do? Oh, word? Yeah, that's interesting
Look man, I mean I don't wanna waste your time but
I know girls don't usually do this,
But I was wondering if maybe we could get together
Outside the restaurant one day
Cause I do look a lot different outside my work clothes
I mean we could just go across the street to the park right here
Wait, hold up, my cell phone's breakin up, hold up
Can you hear me now? Yeah
So, what day did you say?
Oh yeah, Thursday's perfect, man:."
And it feels like oooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
Baby Baby I swear it's like oooooo
You don't know my name, no no no
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
And it feels like oooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know)
And I swear on my mother and father it feels like
Oooo ooo oooo ooo ooo ooo
Oooo ooo oooo ooo ooo ooo
Oooo ooo oooo ooo ooo ooo
You don't know my name
(round and round and round we go, will you ever know?)

6. If I Ain't Got You

Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power, yeah
Some people live just to play the game
Some people think that the physical things
Define what's within
And I've been there before
But that life's a bore
So full of the superficial

[Chorus:]
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, Yeah

Some people search for a fountain
That promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that's the only way to prove you love them
Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
With no one to share
With no one who truly cares for me

[Chorus:]
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, you, you
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

[Outro:]
If I ain't got you with me baby
So nothing in this whole wide world don't mean a thing
If I ain't got you with me baby

7. Diary

Lay your head on my pillow
Here you can be yourself
No one has to know what you are feeling
No one but me and you

I won't tell your secrets
Your secrets are safe with me
I will keep your secrets
Just think of me as the pages in your diary

I feel such a connection
Even when you far away
Oooo baby if there's anything that you fear
Call 489-4608 and I'll be here

I won't tell your secrets
Your secrets are safe with me
I will keep your secrets
Just think of me as the pages in your diary

And only we know what talked about baby boy
Don't know how you can be driven me so crazy boy
Baby when your in town why don't you come around boy
Be the loyalty you need you can trust boy

I won't tell your secrets
Your secrets are safe with me
I will keep your secrets
Just think of me as the pages in your diary

8. Dragon Days

Like a damsel in distress
I'm stressing you
My castle became my dungeon cuz I'm longing for you
I'm Feeling strong for ya
You're my knight in shining armor
See your face in the silver moon
Hung over the lagoon
And it feels like

[Chorus:]
Dragon days and the fire's hot
Like a desert need water
I need you a lot
Dragon days
I need to be saved
I'm missin' you
And the day drags on and on

I'm desperate for ya baby
Do you know what that means?
It means I feel like an addict must feel
When he feigns
In an act of desperation I get lost in ma dreams
Cuz like a lady I'm waiting, waiting for ya
Like a prisoner tied over alligator waters
Waiting for my prince of paradise to come and take me away
From these

[Chorus]

[Guitar break]

[Chorus x2]

9. Wake Up

[Verse 1:]
You used to be my closest ally
In this cold cold world of deception and lies
We would defend and protect one another
Now I can't tell if we're enemies or lovers

[Bridge:]
So who's gonna rescue us from ourselves

[Hook:]
When we gonna wake up baby?
When it's time for lovin'
When we gonna wake up my baby?
Before it's too late?

[Verse 2:]
Oh, baby, where did we go wrong, baby?
Did this cold, cold world turn us into stone?
Now all I battle is your ego and your pride
It's ticking like a time bomb, ready too ignite
Hurtin' me to fight

[Bridge:]
Who's gonna rescue us from ourselves

[Hook2:]
When we gonna wake up baby?
It's time for lovin'
When it's time for lovin'
Before it's too late?

[Bridge:]
When the smoke clears
What will be left for us but tears and pain
Why must we argue over the same things
Just to make up and go back again
It's never too late
But it's been too long
Can't get it right when no one thinks they're wrong
Gotta get out of bed
And take a look at what's going on

[Hook and out]

10. So Simple

It would be, it would be
It would be so simple
What it is ain't what it was
What should it be when it comes to you and....
How it seems ain't how it is
There's been a change when it comes to me and...

[Chorus:]

Oh baby you
Oh baby me
Oh maybe we can try another day
Another way
All in my mind
I'm wondering why we cannot find
What was left of the beginning
If I could
Meet you again,
Miss you again,
Kiss you again
It would be, it would be so simple
Cause I would love you again
Hold you again
Need you again
It would be, it would be
Could it be, could it be so simple
Now it's hardly simple,
It's just simply hard
When it comes to you and
I find myself not being myself
Just to avoid all this confrontation with
Oh baby you
Oh baby me
Oh maybe we can put this armor down
And settle down
Oh it's off track
That is a fact
Can we get it back
Get it back to the beginning
If I could meet you again,
Miss you again,
Kiss you again
It would be, it would be so simple
Cause I would love you again
Hold you again
Need you again
It would be, it would be
Could it be, could it be so simple
Don't you know that it would be
Don't you know that it could be
Don't you know that it would be
Meet you again,
Miss you again,
Kiss you again
It would be, it would be so simple
Cause I would love you again
Hold you again
Need you again
It would be, it would be
Could it be, so simple

[Ad libs and out...]

11. When You Really Love Someone

I'm a woman, lord knows it's hard
I need a real man to give me what I need
Sweet attention, love and tenderness
When it's real it's unconditional, I'm telling y'all

[Chorus:]

Cause a man, just ain't a man,
If he aint' man enough
To love you when you're right,
Love you when you're wrong
Love you when you're weak,
Love you when you're strong
Take you higher
When the world got you feelin low.
He's given you his last, cuz he's thinking of you first
Given comfort when you're thinking that you're hurt
That's what's done when you really love someone
I'm telling y'all, I'm telling y'all.
Cause you're a real man and lord knows it's hard
Sometimes you just need a woman's touch
Sweet affection, love and support
When it's real, it's unconditional, I'm telling y'all

[Chorus:]

Oh cause a woman ain't a woman if she ain't woman enough
To love you when you're right
Love you when you're wrong
Love you when you're weak,
Love you when you're strong
Take you higher
When the world got you feelin low.
She's giving you her best, even when you're at your worst
Givin comfort, when she's thinking that you're hurt
That's what's done, when you really love someone
I'm telling y'all
Whooo
Whooo
Whooo
Whooo
Whooo
Whooo
Sometimes you gonna argue
Sometimes you gonna fight
Sometimes it's gonna feel like it will never be right
But something so strong, keeps you holdin on
It don't make sense, but it make a good song
Cause a man, just ain't a man,
If he ain't man enough
To love you when you're right,
Love you when you're wrong
Love you when you're weak,
Love you when you're strong
Take you higher
When the world got you feelin low
He's given you his last, cuz he's thinking of you first
Given comfort when you're thinking that you're hurt
That's what's done when you really love someone
I'm telling y'all, I'm telling y'all, I'm telling y'all
That a woman ain't a woman if she ain't woman enough
To love you when you're right
Love you when you're wrong
Love you when you're weak,
Love you when you're strong
Take you higher and higher
When the world got you feelin low.
She's giving you her best, even when you're at your worst
Givin comfort, when she's thinking that you're hurt
That's what's done, when you really love someone
I'm telling y'all
I'm telling y'all
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah
Hmm hmm yeah [and fade out]

12. Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)

Do you ooooooo, ooooo
2 hour long conversations
On the phone
Can't get you outta my mind
Baby are you feelin me,
Feelin you
Everything you say and
Everything you do
Gets me lost in you days at a time
Tell me are you feelin me,
Feeling you

13. Slow Down

ooh baby
There's somethin I gotta tell ya
Think that you should know
What's on my mind
ooh baby
I'm feeling our situation
It's getting stronger
and we on it
I gotta take my time

(Bridge)
See there's so much about you
that I want to explore
Physical attraction,
we just can't ignore it
But before we go too far
across the line
gotta really make sure
that I'm sure
Umm

(chorus)
Slow down babe
let's take our time
Slow down babe
If you don't mind (baby slow down)
Slow down babe
before we make this move
Slow down babe (before we make this move)
Baby slow down
(I think it's really too soon)

(verse 2)

Ooh baby
It's like I known you forever
My medulla oblongata
Is electrified
Oo oo ooh baby
Whenever we're alone together
I'm bout to explode
and it feels so right
but I gotta take my time

(Bridge)
See there's so much about you
that I want to explore
Physical attraction, we just
can't ignore it
But before we go too far
across the line
gotta really make sure
that I'm sure
Oh

(chorus)

Slow down babe
let's take our time (slow down baby)
Slow down babe (slow down baby)
If you don't mind (baby slow down)
Slow down babe
before we make this move
Slow down babe (before we make this move)
Baby slow down
(baby it's really too soon
soon yeah)

~musical break~

(Hook)
See I know what is best
Cause I been here before
Gave myself to someone
for all the wrong reasons
but this time around
I don't wanna do that again
I just wanna make this the way
that i've dreamed of
so baby you got to

(chorus)

(Whispering)
Slow down
you got to slow down
you got to slow down
baby slow down
you got to slow down
you got to slow down
you've got to slow down

14. Samsonite Man

He's a man so full of style and grace
Any woman'd be impressed
Takes a smile and paints it on your face
Makes you feel like you've been blessed
Promises things so special
It seems to come right from a song
But soon as you begin to feel secure
You turn around and he is gone

[CHORUS:]

Packin' his bags
Gotta go gotta go
Packin his bags
Gotta go
He's a Samsonite man
Maybe he is just a rolling stone
Wondering from here to there
Searching for a place to call his own
You wonder if he even cares?
So many years of heartache and pain
Is all you seem to know him for
Is it you or is it he to blame
Whenever he walks out your door

[CHORUS: 1X]

[BRIDGE:]

Should the wind blow you in my direction
You come through to rendezvous
Forget about your good intentions,
They leave me lonely and confused
Mr. Samsonite
Pack a bag that is my suggestion
From here and out, you will be leaving
At My discretion!

[BREAK AND CHORUS]

15. Nobody Not Really

Who really cares?
Who really cares?
When I talk?
What I feel?
What I say?
Nobody not really

Who wants to take
The time to understand
I would like someone to heal me with some empathy
But I can't find…
Nobody not really

Maybe I'm invisible to the world
Does anyone in the world even think of me?
As more than just a hopeless cause
Maybe the world is not my block

My stoop
My life
My dreams
My anything, anything

Who wants to help?
Mama, but she's so tired
Papa, but you're not here
I'm alone in a big empty space with
Nobody not really
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Comments

Oct 6, 2010 3:44pm
Lynsuz
Great idea for an article song lyrics, especially from Alicia Keys. Thanks
Oct 6, 2010 3:55pm
freedomw
Thank you for reading and commenting on my article, Lynsuz.
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