At Seventeen

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Celine Dion

Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ, (French pronunciation: [selin djɔ̃] ( listen); born March 30, 1968), is a popular Canadian singer. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil m… more »

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"

So remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debentures of quality And dubious integrity
The 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 ducking girls like me

We all play the game and when we dare
We 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 like me at seventeen

Written by: JANIS IAN

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