Diana chords by Paul Anka

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Diana | Chords + Lyrics


||: G | Em | C | D7 :||

Verse 1

||: G | Em | C | D7 :||
I’m so young and you’re so old, this my darling, I’ve been told.
I don’t care just what they say, ’cause forever I will pray.
You and I will be as free, as the birds up in the trees.
Oh, please, stay by me, Diana.

Instrumental 1

| G | Em | C | D7 |

Verse 2

||: G | Em | C | D7 :||
Thrills I get when you hold me close. Oh, my darling, you’re the most.
I love you but do you love me. Oh, Diana, can’t you see.
I love you with all my heart, and I hope we will never part.
Oh, please, stay by me, Diana.

Instrumental 2

| G | Em | C | D7 G7 (F E D B) |


| C | Cm |
Oh, my darlin’, oh, my lover.
| G | G7 |
Tell me that there is no other.
| C | Cm |
I love you, with my heart.
| N.C D7 | D7 |
Oh-oh, oh-oh, and don’t you know I love you, love you so.

Verse 3

||: G | Em | C | D7 :||
And only you can take my heart, only you can tear it apart
When you hold me in your loving arms, I can feel you giving all your charms.
Hold me darling, hold me tight, squeeze me baby with all your might.
Oh, please, stay by me, Diana.


||: G | Em | C | D7 :|| to fade
Oh, please, Diana. Oh, please, Diana.

Diana Chords: Learn the progressions!

Diana Analysis + TAB T

For the beginner guitarist, theory student, and budding songwriter, Diana has several classic tricks up its sleeve that you simply must know.

The verse is the classic early pop progression using the minor fall and the IV – V. In the key of G that becomes:

||: G (I) | Em (VI) | C (IV) | D7 (V) :||

Here’s some TAB for how this could be played (members look at more ways).

Diana chords and TAB, idea 1.

Another super common movement is to take the IV chord and make it minor, this is what happens in the bridge, like this:

| C (IV) | Cm (IVm) | G (I) | G7 (I7) |
| C | Cm | N.C D7 (V) | D7 |

Once you’ve heard it and named it, you’ll recognize it in other tunes. Notice also the use of a dom7 chords pointing up a 4th, this is borrowing from the blues.

Members learn more about the chords, the progression, that classic chord variation, the bass line, and how the melody builds to a climax, all using TAB to guide you.

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Diana – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Diana is a perfect example of early popular music!

Paul Anka‘s classic Diana was released all the way back in 1957 and in many ways epitomizes the era where they mixed doo-wop, rock n’ roll, and early pop, giving birth to popular music.

With sales of over 10 million copies worldwide, Diana was #1 in several countries and will forever be known as Mr. Anka’s signature song.

It wasn’t his only hit though, Paul Anka went on to pen 900 tunes!

Here’s a small selection, you’ve probably heard all of them: Lonely BoyPut Your Head On My ShoulderPuppy Love, and You Are My Destiny.

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