About the song

Ah, Diana (1957), a song that evokes the sweet innocence and wide-eyed wonder of teenage love. Penned by a mere teenager himself, the 15-year-old Canadian prodigy Paul Anka, “Diana” became an instant sensation, capturing the hearts of young audiences across the globe.

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Anka, a true Renaissance man of music, wasn’t just a heartthrob with a charming voice. He possessed a remarkable songwriting talent that belied his age. “Diana” stands as a testament to that. It’s a simple yet powerful love ballad, devoid of the cynicism or world-weariness that often creeps into popular music.

Composed in just 15 minutes [Source: Songfacts], the song’s origins are as charming as its melody. Anka, inspired by his teenage crush on his babysitter Diana, poured his innocent infatuation into the lyrics. This sincerity resonated deeply with teenagers of the time, many of whom were experiencing similar feelings for the first time.

Released in 1957, “Diana” landed at a pivotal moment in music history. Rock and Roll was still in its nascent stages, with Elvis Presley having just begun his meteoric rise. However, popular music still held onto the melodic sensibilities of the previous decade. “Diana” perfectly captured this transitional period. The song’s gentle balladry, with its prominent piano and saxophone, spoke to the lingering influence of crooners like Perry Como and Frank Sinatra, while subtle hints of the burgeoning rock energy peeked through in the driving rhythm section.

The song’s impact transcended national borders. “Diana” became a global hit, topping the charts in several countries, including the United States (although it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, it did reach #1 on the R&B charts) [Source: Wikipedia]. Anka, with his youthful good looks and sincere charisma, became a teen idol, a title he would hold for several years.

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“Diana” is more than just a catchy pop song from a bygone era. It’s a cultural touchstone, a snapshot of a specific time and place in music history. It’s a reminder of the universal power of young love, a sentiment that transcends generations. So, put on your poodle skirt or bobby socks, crank up the volume, and let yourself be transported back to a simpler time with Paul Anka’s timeless classic, “Diana.”

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Lyrics

“Diana”

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

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 with me, Diana

Oh, my darlin’, oh, my lover
Tell me that there is no other
I love you with my heart
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Only you can-a take my heart
Only you can-a tear it apart
When you hold me in your loving arms
I can feel you givin’ all your charms
Hold me, darling, hold me tight
Squeeze me baby with all your might

Oh, please stay with me, Diana

Oh, please, Diana
Oh, please, Diana
Oh, please, Diana