Dirty Diana
Dirty Diana is the ninth song featured in Michael Jackson's seventh studio album, Bad. Dirty Diana was released on April 18, 1988 and was recorded in 1987. The song is 4 minutes and 52 seconds long.

It was written by Michael Jackson and produced by Quincy Jones (With Michael Jackson as co-producer). Michael hired Billy Idol's former guitarist Steve Stevens to back him on the track.[1][2]


  • Written, arranged, and composed by Michael Jackson
  • Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
  • Lead and background vocals by Michael Jackson
  • Rhythm arrangements by Michael Jackson, John Barnes and Jerry Hey
  • Synthesizer arrangements by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and John Barnes
  • String arrangement by John Barnes
  • Vocal Arrangement by Michael Jackson
  • Clave' Clapstick by Michael Jackson
  • Guitar Solo by Steve Stevens


  • You'll never make me stay
  • So take your weight off of me
  • I know your every move
  • So won't you just let me be
  • I've been here times before
  • But I was too blind to see
  • That you seduce every man
  • This time you won't seduce me

  • She's saying that's ok
  • Hey baby do what you please
  • I have the stuff the you want
  • I am the thing that you need
  • She looked me deep in the eyes
  • She's touchin' me so to start
  • She says there's no turnin' back
  • She trapped me in her heart

  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, no
  • Dirty Diana
  • Let me be!

  • Oh no...
  • Oh no...
  • Oh no...

  • She likes the boys in the band
  • She knows when they come to town
  • Every musician's fan after the
  • curtain comes down
  • She waits at backstage doors
  • For those who have prestige
  • Who promise fortune and fame
  • A life that's so carefree

  • She's says that's ok
  • Hey baby do what you want
  • I'll be your night lovin' thing
  • I'll be the freak you can taunt
  • And I don't care what you say
  • I want to go too far
  • I'll be your everything
  • If you make me a star

  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, no
  • Dirty Diana...
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, no
  • Dirty Diana...
  • Diana!
  • Diana!
  • Dirty Diana!
  • It's Dia...aa...aa...ana!

  • She said I have to go home
  • 'Cause I'm real tired you see
  • But I hate sleepin' alone
  • Why don't you come with me
  • I said my baby's at home
  • She's probably worried tonight
  • I didn't call on the phone to
  • Say that I'm alright

  • Diana walked up to me,
  • She said I'm all yours tonight
  • At that I ran to the phone
  • Sayin' baby I'm alright
  • I said but unlock the door.
  • Because I forgot the key.
  • She said he's not coming back
  • Because he's sleeping with me

  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, nah
  • Dirty Diana, no


In Bad

Dirty Diana is the 9th track listing and the 5th single in this album.[3]


There was a mystery for many years leading to some speculation as to what Jackson was talking about in the song. Some say he was talking about his former mentor Diana Ross, whom he had had a crush on as a child and others thought he was talking about groupies. Quincy Jones later confirmed that it was about groupies on an interview from the special edition of Bad.

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