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At Seventeen

Janis Ian

 CDm
learned the truth at seventeen_ That love was meant for beauty queens
 G7C
and high school girls with clear skinned smiles who married young and then retired
 CDm
The valentines I never knew, the friday nights, charades of youth 
 G7C
were spent on one more beautiful_ At seventeen I learned the truth

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And those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces
 Cm7Fm7Cm7Fm7
 Desp'ratly remained at home inventing lovers on the phone
 AbG7Cm7Fm7
Who called and say "come dance with me" and murmured vague obscenities
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 It isn't all it seems at seventeen

 CDm
brown eyed girl in hand-me-downs, whose name I never could pronounce said
 G7C
"Pity, please, the ones who serve, they only get what they deserve.
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The rich relationed home-town queen marries into what she needs
 G7C
guarantee of company and haven for the elderly"

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Remember those who win the game, lose the love they sought to gain
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In debentures of quality and dubious integrity_ 
 AbG7Cm7F7
Their small town eyes will gape at you in dull surprise when payment due
 Dm7G7
 exceeds accounts received at seventeen

 CDm
To those of us who know the pain of valentines that never came,
 G7C
and those whose name were never called when choosing side at basketball 
 CDm
It was long ago and far away_ The world was younger than today
 G7C
and dreams were all they gave for free to ugly duckling girls like me

 EbDm7G7
We all play the game and when we dare to cheat ourselves at solitaire
 Cm7Fm7Cm7Fm7
Inventing lovers on the phone, repenting other lives unknown
 AbG7Cm7Fm7
that call and say "Come dance with me", and murmur vague obscenities
 Dm7G7CCmaj7
 at ugly girls like me, at seventeen     

Ab C Cm7 Cmaj7 Dm Dm7 Eb F7 Fm7 G7
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Occam (report comment to admin):
Changed a couple of the chords in the chorus, specifically A7 to Am7 and the second G to C.  They just sound better to my ear