Song Lyric Sunday 17th May

Jim’s theme today is songs that contain a number in the title.
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/64726988/posts/2707663644

I can remember using Seven Little Girls some time ago, so I won’t go with that today.
Instead, I’ve chosen the classic At Seventeen, written and performed by Janis Ian in 1975.
I was actually 19 that year, but could identify very much with the lyrics as I was a late starter in the boyfriend department and had very little confidence in myself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUz2TNMvL0

At Seventeen: lyrics courtesy genius.com

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear-skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired

The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth

And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say, “Come dance with me”
And murmured vague obscenities
It isn’t all it seems
At seventeen

A brown-eyed girl in hand-me-downs
Whose name I never could pronounce
Said, “Pity, please, the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve”

And the rich relationed hometown queen
Marries into what she needs
With a guarantee of company
And haven for the elderly

Remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debentures of quality
And dubious integrity

Their small town eyes will gape at you
In dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received
At seventeen

To those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball

It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
When dreams were all they gave for free
To ugly duckling girls like me

We all play the game and when we dare
To cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown

They call and say, “Come dance with me”
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me
At seventeen

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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24 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 17th May

  1. I don’t think I can remember this song at all.

  2. Paula Light says:

    A favorite, thank you ❀️

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Fantastic choice Di, I remember it well. Janis Ian did a great job with it πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ I was 22 married and had two of the three boys.πŸ’œ

  4. One of my al-time favourite songs. Great choice.

  5. Heartbreaking lyrics, great choice Di.

  6. msjadeli says:

    Deep thinking song with so much painful truth in it.

  7. *SQUEE* A blast from the past. When I was 17, this was the ‘theme song’ for my life. So true.

  8. John Holton says:

    You and I are the same age… I was 19 in 1975, too…

  9. I was 15 in ’75 and this was a favorite! Still is along with her “Days Like These.” Great share. 😊

  10. I always loved this song. I actually loved being 17 πŸ™‚

  11. statuslyric says:

    Best lyrics

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