At Seventeen

Artist: Janis Ian (English)
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Janice Ian
At Seventeen 
Capo 5
Intro     G9      G     Gmaj7         G6       G    G9           G       Gmaj7     G6  
 G   G9      G      Gmaj7       G6              G      Am11   Am7         E/A               Am7 
I learned the truth at seventeen___   that love was meant for beauty queens  
 D7/F#                                                                              G9          G            Gmaj7                       
     and high school  with clear skinned smiles__ who married young & then 
 G6        G       G9         G          Gmaj7           G6        G            G9 
retired                                                                      the valentines
 G        Gmaj7           G6      G        Am11      Am7       E/A            Am7 
      I never knew             the   Fri-----day nights       charades  of youth
 D7/F#                                                                      G9         G      Gmaj7                G6 
       Were spent on one as beautiful ____ At seventeen      I learned the truth
 G     G9   G   Gmaj7       G6        G               Bb6                                    Am7                                                   
                                                       And those of us with ravaged faces lacking in the 
   D7                            Gm7                      Cm7                   Gm7                 Cm7 
Social graces          desp`rately     remained  at home inventing lovers on the    
                               Ebmaj7                                       D7     Gm7    
Phone        who called  to say   come dance   with me     and murmured  vague 
        Cm7           Am7                                                 D7/F# 
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 one who serve, they only get what they deserve


The rich-relationed home-town queen marries into what she needs,

 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 s

To those of us who know the pain of valentines that never came

and those whose name were never called when choosing sides for basketball

was long ago and far •way. The world was younger then today
 
they gave for free to ugly duckling girls like me. And dreams 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 that call and say come dance with me and vague 

obscenities at ugly girls like me at seventeen

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