At Seventeen Lyrics

Jann Arden


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Janis Ian
album: Track 4 in album Uncover Me
release date: 2007-2
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length: 4:04
keyboard: Darcy Phillips, Bruce Leitl
guitars: Russell Broom
bass: Mike Lent
percussion: Lyle Molzan
drums: Lyle Molzan
producer: Russell Broom, Jann Arden
lead vocals: Jann Arden
background vocals: Jann Arden
composer: Janis Ian
lyricist: Janis Ian

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I leaned 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
Cause 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

So 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 on, dance with me"
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me at seventeen

Track Listing

  • 1 Bring the Boys Home
  • 2 California Dreamin'
  • 3 Peace Train
  • 4 At Seventeen
  • 5 Love Is a Battlefield
  • 6 Son of a Preacher Man
  • 7 Counterfeit Heart
  • 8 You're So Vain
  • 9 Downtown
  • 10 Solitaire