Diary
Lyrics Alicia Keys

Featuring: Tony! Toni! Toné!

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[Verse 1:]
Lay your head on my pillow
Here you can be yourself
No one has to know what you are feelin'
No one but me and you

[Hook:]
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

[Verse 2:]
I feel such a connection
Even when you're far away
Oooh baby if there is anything that you fear
Call 489 4608 and I'll be here

[Hook 2:]
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

[Bridge:]
Only we know what is talked about, baby boy
I don't know how you could be driving me so crazy
Baby when you're in town
Why don't you come around?
I'll be the loyalty you need
You can trust me

[Hook and out]

Song facts

"Diary" is a song by American R&B-soul singer Alicia Keys, featuring the American R&B-soul group Tony! Toni! Toné!. Written by Keys and Kerry Brothers, Jr., the song was released in June 2004 as the third single from Keys' second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003). It was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

At one time, "Diary" had been released as a double A-side with "If I Ain't Got You". The song's Hani remixes gave Keys her first—and so far only—chart-topper on the Hot Dance Club Play in late 2004. It also peaked successfully at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

The song's lyrics include a phone number, 489-4608, which was Keys' former telephone number minus the area code when she lived in New York City, according to Keys' publicist, Lois Najarian. Callers who used the correct area code (347) would have received a voicemail from Keys herself. However, fans tried calling that number with different codes, and one of them, 912, turned out to be the number of a man from Statesboro, Georgia, named J.D. Turner. He claims he received more than twenty calls a day from Keys' fans, which led to a $95 phone bill resulting from charges associated with the *69 return call option. Turner has declined to change his number, which he has held for over fourteen years.

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