At Seventeen / 17才の頃

アーティストJanis Ian
作詞Janis Ian
作曲Janis Ian
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"
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 thought they gained
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
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 dance with me"
and murmur vague obscenities
at ugly girls likes me, at seventeen


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