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Sixteen Going On Seventeen

Julie Andrews


[Rolf]
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, its 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 roués and cads
Will 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 need someone older and wiser
Telling you what to do
I am seventeen, going on eighteen
I'll take care of you

[Liesl]
I am sixteen
Going on seventeen
I know that I'm naïve
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

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