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The Diary Of Alicia Keys

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01
Harlem's Nocturne

Harlem's Nocturne

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
Uh, yeah, uh
Sometimes that's hard to say
That's why I take all I've got
That's why I take all I have
And I put it into this
Put it right here in my diary
Can you feel it?
Uh, uh, uh
Take this journey with me

02
Karma

Karma

Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh
Oh Oh
Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh
Oh Oh Oh

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 cry and try and try to make you stay with me
But still you said the love was gone and that I had to leave

Now you
Talking about a family
Now you
Saying I complete your dream
Now you
Saying I'm your everything
Your confusing me, what your saying to me
Don't play with me, don't play with me cause

What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
Now who's crying, desiring to come back to me
What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
Now who's crying, desiring to come back to me

I remember when I was sitting home alone
Waiting for you
To 3 o'clock in the morn'

And when you came home you'd always had some sorry excuse
And explaining to me like I was some kind of a fool
I sacrifice the things I want just to do things for you
But when it's time to do for me
You never come through

Now you
Wanna be a part of me
Now you
Have so much to say to me
Now you
Wanna make time for me
What you doing to me, your confusing me
Don't play with me, don't play with me cause

What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
Now who's crying, desiring to come back to me
What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
Now who's crying, desiring to come back to me

I remember when I was sitting home alone
Waiting for you
To 3 o'clock in the morn'
Night after night knowing something's going on
What's that number for b go-a-go-a-gone

Lord knows it wasn't easy believe me
Never thought you'd be the one that would deceive me
And never do what your suppose to do
No need to punch me boo cause I won't play you cause

What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
Now who's crying, desiring to come back to me

What goes around comes around (yeah)
What goes up most come down
Gotta stop trying to come back to me

What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
It's called Karma, baby
And it goes around

What goes around comes around
What goes up most come down
Now who's crying, desiring to come back to me

03
Heartburn

Heartburn

Uh, yeah
Come on, tempo
A. Keys, let's go
Lemme, lemme, lemme, lemme

Lemme tell you somethin', tell you how I feel
When he comes around I gettin' to feelin' ill
It's a achin' feelin' inside my chest
It's like I'm goin' in to cardiac arrest

Adrenaline rushin' in my body
All my power I just can't fight it
Doesn't matter how I keep on tryin'
I can't deny I've got this
(Heartburn)
Burnin' in my soul
(Heartburn)
Call the fire department
(Heartburn)
It's out of control, oh
(Heartburn)

You got me trippin', slippin', gettin' beside myself
I tried some medication but don't nothin' help
So I said, "Doctor, Doctor, tell me will I die?"
And he said, "Count to five Alicia"
And I'm gonna be alright
Lets go one, two, three, four

Adrenaline rushin' in my body
All my power I just can't fight it
Doesn't matter how? I keep on tryin'
I can't deny I've got this
(Heartburn)
Burnin' in my soul
(Heartburn)
Call the fire department
(Heartburn)
It's out of control, oh
(Heartburn)

Taste so good, I can't resist
Gettin' harder to digest
Can't take no more, gotta shake it off
Now break it down, and take it to the ground with me now

Everybody say
Ohh uh oh oh ohh
Uh oh oh oh woh
Uh oh oh uh uh oh ohh
Uh oh oh uh oh ohh
Uh oh oh ohh
Uh oh oh ohh
Uh oh oh ohh

Don't you know I got this?
(Heartburn)
Burnin' in my soul
(Heartburn)
Call the fire department
(Heartburn)
It's out of control
(Heartburn)
What you trynna do?
(Heartburn)
Burin' in my soul
(Heartburn)
Call the fire department
(Heartburn)
It's out of control
(Heartburn)

Shake it, shake it, shake it off
Shake it, shake it, shake it off
Shake it, shake it, shake it off
Shake it, shake it, shake it off

04
If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By

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

05
You Don't Know My Name

You Don't Know My Name

Baby, baby, baby, from the day I saw you
I really really wanted to catch your eye
There's something special 'bout you, I must really like you
'Cause not a lotta guys are worth my time
Ooh baby, baby, baby, it's gettin' kind of crazy
'Cause you are takin' over my mind

And it feels like ooh
But you don't know my name
And I swear
It feels like ooh
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
Ooh it set my soul on fire
Ooh baby baby baby, I can't wait for the first time
My imagination's runnin' wild

It feels like ooh
You don't know my name
And I swear it baby
It feels like ooh
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, ow ooh

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' ow

'Cause my lovin' feels like ooh
You don't know my name
(Round and round and round we go, will you ever know?)
And I swear it feels like ooh
You don't know my name oh
(Round and round and round we go, will you ever know?)

Will you ever know it? No no no no no, no no
Will you ever know it?

Well I'ma just have to 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 uh

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 trippin' and stuff
Talkin' '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
An' your cufflinks are shinin' all bright
So, whatchu do? Oh, word? Yeah, that's interestin'

Look man, I mean, I don't wanna waste your time but
I know girls don't usually do this
But I was wonderin' if maybe we could get together
Outside the restaurant one day

Ya know, '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 ooh
You don't know my name
(Round and round and round we go, will you ever know?)
Baby, baby, I swear it's like ooh
You don't know my name, no no no
(Round and round and round we go, will you ever know?)

And it feels like ooh
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, ooh ooh ooh
You don't know my name
(Round and round and round we go, will you ever know?)

06
If I AIn't Got You

If I AIn't Got You

Hmmm
Hmmmm
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

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 him

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

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

If I ain't got you with me, baby
Said nothing in this whole wide world don't mean a thing
If I ain't got you with me, baby

07
Diary

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're far away, mm
Oh baby, if there is anything that you fear (anything)
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
(Yeah, mhum, a yeah, you know what?)
Only we know what is talked about baby boy
I don't know how you can be driving me so crazy boy
Baby when you're in town, why don't you come around boy
I'll be the loyalty you need, you can trust me boy
I won't tell your secrets
Your secrets are safe with me
I will keep (I will keep) your secrets (your secrets)
Just think of me as the pages in your diary
Everybody say woo (woo)
Lemme hear you say woo (woo)
Lemme hear you say woo (woo)
I'm saying woo-ooh (woo-ooh)
Lemme hear you say I won't tell (I won't tell)
I won't tell (I won't tell) I won't tell (I won't tell)
Your secrets, your secrets, break it down
Secret secret

08
Dragon Days

Dragon Days

Yeah, ooh baby

Like a damsel in distress, I'm stressin' you
My castle became a dungeon
'Cause I'm longin' for you
(Longin' for you babe)

Feelin' strong for you
Your my knight in shining armour
See your face in a silver moon
Oh, all over the lagoon

And it feels like, dragon days
And the fire's hot
Like the desert needs water
I need you a lot

Dragon days
I need to be saved
I'm missin' you
(And the days drag on and on)

Desperate for you baby
Do you know what that means?
(It means I feel like)
I feel like an addict must feel when he fiends

In an act of desperation
I get lost in my dreams
'Cause like a lady in waiting, I'm waitin' for ya
(Like a)
Like a prisoner tied over alligator waters

Waiting for my
Prince of paradise to come
And to take me away, from these
(Tock tick)

Dragon days
And the fire's hot
Like the desert needs water
I need you a lot
(So bad baby)

Dragon days
I need to be saved
I'm missin' you
(And the days drag on and on)
Don't you wanna play?

(D R A G O N days)
(Got me D R A G G I N)
'Cause I want you babe
And I need you baby
(Say)

Dragon days
And the fire's hot
Like the desert needs water
I need you a lot
(I need a lot, I need you so bad)

Dragon days
I need to be saved
I'm missin' you
(And the days drag on and on and on and on and)

Dragon days
And the fire's hot
Like the desert needs water
I need you a lot
(I need a lot, I need you so bad)

Dragon days
I need to be saved
I'm missin' you
(And the days drag on and on)

Drag on, drag on, yeah

09
Wake Up

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

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

Oh baby you,
Oh baby me,
Oh maybe we,
Can try another day another way

All in my mind,
I'm wonderin' why,
We cannot find,
What was left at the beginning
If I could

Meet you again
Kiss you again
Miss 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
Kiss you again
Miss 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 would be
Don't you know that it would be

It would be
It would be
It it would be
It would be

Meet you again
Kiss you again
Miss 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, it would be so simple)

la, la, la, la, la, la, la
la, la, la, la, la, la, la

11
When You Really Love Someone

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 tellin Y'all

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's got you feelin low
He's givin you his last
cause he's thinkin of you first
Givin comfort when he's thinkin that you're hurt
That's what done when you really love someone
I'm tellin 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 unconditonal
I'm tellin y'all

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's got you feelin low
She givin you her best
Even when you're at your worst
givin comfort when she's thinkin that you're hurt
That's what's done when you really love someone
I'm tellin y'all

Sometimes you wanna argue
Sometimes you wanna fight
Sometimes it's gonna feel like it'll never be right
But something so strong keeps you holding on
It's don't make sense but it makes 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's got you feelin low
He's givin you his last
cause he's thinkin of you first
Givin comfort when he's thinkin that you're hurt
That's what's done when you really love someone
I'm tellin y'all

I'm tellin 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's got you feelin low
She givin you her best
Even when you're at your worst
givin comfort when she's thinkin that you're hurt
That's what's done when you really love someone
I'm tellin y'all
I'm tellin y'all

12
Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)

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

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 feelin' our situation
It's gettin' stronger
We on it
I gotta take my time

See there's so much about you
That I want to explore
Physical attraction
We just can't ignore it, no
But before we go too far
Across the line
Gotta really make sure
That I'm sure
Umm

Slow down babe
Let's take our time
Slow down babe
(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)

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

There's so much about you
That I want to explore
Physical attraction, we just
Can't ignore it, no
But before we go too far
Across the line
Gotta really make sure
That I'm sure
Oh

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
(I'm feelin' you)
Before we make this move
(I'm feelin' you)
Slow down babe
(Before we make this move)
Baby slow down
(Baby it's really too soon)
Soon yeah

See I know what is best
(Oh)
'Cause I been here before
Gave myself to someone
(Oh)
For all the wrong reasons
But this time around
(Oh)
I don't wanna do that again
I just wanna make this the way
(Oh)
That I've dreamed of
So baby you got to

Slow down babe
(I'm feelin')
Let's take our time
(I'm feelin' you too)
Slow down babe
(Before we make this move)
If you don't mind
(No it's really too soon)
Slow down babe
(Slow down babe)
Before we make this move
(You gotta slow baby)
Slow down babe
('Coz before we make this move)
Baby slow down
(I think it's really too soon, yea)

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

Samsonite Man

I don't wanna do this over and over ooooh... aah.
He's a man so full of style and grace
Any woman being impressed
Takes a smile and paints it on your face
Makes you feel like you've been blessed
Promises things so special
Seems to com right from a song
Soon as you begin to feel secure
Turn around and he is gone ooohh
Packing his bags, gotta go, gotta go
Packing his bags, gotta go
He's a samsonite man mmmh
Maybe he is just a rolling stone
Wandering from here to there
Searching for a place to call his home
Wonder if he even cares
So many years of heartache and pain
That's all you seem to know him for
It's you, or is it he to blame?
Whenever he walks out your door ooooh
Packing his bags, gotta go, gotta go
Packing his bags, gotta go
He's a samsonite man mmmh
Where you're always running to, away from me
If the wind blows you in my direction
You'd come through the rendezvous
Forget about your good attention
Leave me lonely and confused
Mr. samsonite pack a bag
That is my suggestion
From here on out you will be leaving
My distraction yeah du du da da
So I know the game baby
And it will never be the same no no no no no no no
Cause now I got him
Packing his bags, gotta go, gotta go

Packing his bags, gotta go, gotta go
Packing his bags, gotta go, gotta go
Now you gotta go
Packing his bags, gotta go
I can't take it no more
Packing his bags, gotta go, gotta go
What do I love him for
Packing his bags, gotta go
He's a samsonite man
Why don't you just go
Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah, whoah woah yeah yeah
You can't hurt me no more baby
You can't touch me
You can't hurt me no more baby
Gotta go, gotta go
Pack your bag, pack it up
Gotta go, hit the road jack
You ain't gotta go home, but you 㧡n get the hell outta here

15
Nobody Not Really (Interlude)

Nobody Not Really (Interlude)

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