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Diary by Bread Songfacts
This song is about a boy who is in love with a girl. He finds her diary and reads it, only to find out she is in love with someone else. Bread keyboard player David Gates made up the story.
The unusual sound that plays through the track is a guitar run through a synthesizer.
Nick - Paramus, NJ, for above 2
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1974 Iroquois Jr. High Des Plaines, IL mandatory dancing at gym time. Could not tell you who I was dancing with but the gym teachers were playing a Bread album. Diary came on and for some reason I concentrated on the lyrics. It hit me like a punch. I fell in love with the emotional impact music can have. It has been a huge part of my life ever since, 42 years later and hopefully beyond. David Gates, what a guy. Love to meet him.
Dan Olivero - Schaumburg, Il
Gilbert, the lyrics are: "And as I go through my life, I WILL WISH FOR HER HIS WIFE, all the sweet things she can find" There's no "he will give to her....." line.
He's found she loves another man, so he's wishing for her to be happy with this other man. It's not about a lesbian couple.
Katie - Tucson, Az
On April 16th 1972, "Diary" by Bread entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and on June 4th it peaked at #15 (for 2 weeks) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
Between 1970 and 1977 the group had thirteen records make the Top 100; with six making the Top 10 and one reaching #1 ("Make It With You" for 1 week in 1970)...
Besides "Diary", they had two other records peak at #15; "Sweet Surrender" and "Aubrey"...
R.I.P. James Griffin (guitarist, 1943 - 2005), Michael Botts (drummer, 1944 - 2005), and Larry Knechtel (bassist, 1940 - 2009).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I can't understand that line... "And as I go through my life, he will give to HER his WIFE?" Is that his wife's love is waiting for is a LESBIAN? Because he will to HER his wife? I'm so curious please answer it :)
Gilbert - Quezon City, Philippines
In 1959 Neil Sedaka released a completely different song titled "Diary", it peaked at No. 14, one position higher than Bread's song...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
What an suprising end to such a beautiful song.
Bill - Tuscon, Az
when the first time i heard it, i just laugh.... coz i remember the time when my crush got my diary.... its so funny.... hahaha
Ladylhai - Q.c., Philippines
I think it's supposed to be disconcerting air, not disconcerting wish
Jeff - Columbia, Md
What a painful song! I mean, it's great, but painful for the one who's perspective it's from. Incredible love the dude shows, singing at the end, "and as I go through my life, I will wish for her HIS wife, all the sweet things she can find, all the sweet things THEY can find." Talk about true love, eh? Completely selfless. A much bigger man than I could ever be! Excellent lyrics.
Lench - La Mirada, Ca
This song is absolutely beautiful. The story is very moving and is woven together so well. But then I expect no less from David Gates, one of the best songwriters of his generation but rarely mentioned in discussions about such things.
Mark - Mchenry, Il
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