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For many people, the age of seventeen is awkward and riddled with angst. There are pressures and worries that seem so trivial looking back when you're older. But at that unpleasant and uncertain age life can be very troublesome. So Janis Ian wraps up that angst so well in what has become one of the best songs ever written. The lyrics are a masterpiece, and lend themselves to people of different races, backgrounds, colour, and even gender. Even males can… read more

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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…

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