Thanks Teresa. Some really interesting facts you’ve listed here!
I remember Janis Ian’s song ‘At Seventeen’ from 1975 though I was actually 19 at the time.
However, being 17 was not a good time for me. I was just getting the hang of boyfriends and was terribly naive about the opposite sex.
Sis had had boyfriends for years and to be honest I hadn’t been that interested. None of that soggy tonsil tennis and wearing scarves on hot days to hide vampire marks for me thank you very much!
At 17, I had been in work for a year and come October 1973, I changed my employer and went to work for a bank.
I had my first ‘heartbreak’ romance, a guy I’d been writing to in the army came to visit and took me home to meet his family, then dumped me on his friends because I wouldn’t put out. He found someone who did and did the honourable thing (you can understand how old fashioned I was!) when she found herself pregnant.
The marriage didn’t last and a year later he looked me up again. Very politely over a cup of coffee at lunch time (he paid), my second word was Off.
Seventeen is an inbetween number, a bit like the week between Christmas and New Year.
At 16, you’re old enough to (legally) have sex and get married with parental permission, but not recognised as an adult or able to vote until you’re 18.
Apart from Janis Ian, I can’t think of any other songs about being seventeen. Neil Sedaka sang Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, and Paul Hardcastle sang ’19’.
I must admit though I would not want to be seventeen again.