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【欧美经典】Janis Ian - At Seventeen(17岁的感触)

优美隽永的声音,带有Bossa Nova味道,让听者如沐春风。1973年,22岁的Ian创作了这首歌,描述了一个不能融入自己圈子里的女孩,在17岁时怎样空虚地渡过成长的痛苦。此曲收录在1975年Janis Ian的第二张专辑《Between the Lnes》中。

Janis Ian,传奇民谣女伶。早在1967年便以首张同名专辑获葛莱美奖提名最佳民谣演出;音乐事业颠峰时退出乐坛,往舞台剧发展。在1972-1981年间,Janis Ian录制了多张经典专辑。其中Between the Lines 获五项葛莱美提名,拿下包括年度最佳唱片、最佳流行演唱、最佳录音奖项。

《At Seventeen》

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
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
when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling 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
An ugly girls like me, at seventeen... 

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