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Sixteen Going on Seventeen (from "The Sound of Music")

Music by Richard Rodgers | Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

You wait, little girl, on an empty stage,
for fate to turn the light on.
Your life, little girl, is an empty page
that men will want to write on

to write on.........

You are sixteen going on seventeen
Baby, it's time to think
Better beware, be canny and careful
Baby, you're on the brink

You are sixteen going on seventeen
Fellows will fall in line
Eager young lads and roues and cads
Offer you food and wine

Totally unprepared are you to face a world of men
Timid and shy and scared are you
Of things beyond your ken

You'll need someone older and wiser
Telling you what to do,
I am seventeen going on eighteen
I'll take care of you!

I am sixteen going on seventeen
I know that I'm naive
Fellows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
And willingly I believe

I am sixteen going on seventeen
Innocent as a rose
Bachelor dandies, drinkers of brandies
What do I know of those?

Totally unprepared am I to face a world of men
Timid and shy and scared am I
Of things beyond my ken

I need someone older and wiser
Telling me what to do,
You are seventeen going on eighteen
I'll depend on you!


From the musical "The Sound of Music" (1959). Performed by "Liesl" and "Rolf."