Titel: At seventeen
Bekend onder andere titels: I learned the truth at seventeen
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I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
and highschool girls with clear-
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 loverson the phone
Who called to say 'Come dance with me'
and murmered vague obscenitjes
It isn't all it seems at seventeen.

A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
Whose name I rever could pronounce
said Pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve
The rich relationed hometown queen
marries into what she needs
a quarantee of company
and haven for the elderly.

Remember those who win the game
lose the love they thought they gained
in dentures of quality
and dubious integrity
Their small town eyes will gape at you
in dull surprise when payment due
exeeds accounts recelved at seventeen.

To those of us who knew the pain
of valentines that never came
and those whose names were rever called
when choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today
and dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me.

We 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 dans with me
and murmtur vague obscenities
at ugly girls like me at seventeen