"Sixteen" as written by and Gwen Kanal Stefani....
You've been a juvenile
With a dolphin smile
With no elbow room
With your body in bloom
You've had your little backyard
Protected by big walls
You didn't dare look over
'Cause you've been too small

Now you're finally sixteen
And you feelin' old
But they won't believe
That you got a soul
'Cause you're only sixteen
And you're feeling real
But you can't seem to cop a feel

Why do they have to force us
Through this metamorphose
Little butterfly
No matter how you try
You'll be segregated
You're gonna be closed off
You're callow and you're green
'Cause you're caught between

You're only sixteen
Try to cross the line
But your little wings are intertwined
Well, you're only sixteen
And you're such a tease
And there's nothing you do
That can really please

"These children
They're not really bad most of them
They're just products
Of rotten neighborhoods
And bad family situations"

You know you can't forsake it
So sit back and take it
You see you're just not ripe
So don't try and fight that

You're only sixteen
You wanna catch a peek
But they look at you
Like you're such a freak
Well you're only sixteen
With a lot to say
But they won't give you
The time of day

Well, you're only sixteen! (You're only sixteen!)
Well, you're only sixteen! (You're only sixteen!)
Yeah, you're done sixteen! (You're only sixteen!)
You poor little thing


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"Sixteen" as written by Gwen Kanal

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    General Commentoooh. like this song. -ALOT. (im sixteen) ;)

    ~RoCkStEaDy~
    -Lj
    laurajane07on July 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoooh. like this song. -ALOT. (im sixteen) ;)

    ~RoCkStEaDy~
    -Lj
    laurajane07on July 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgahd, this thing want me to sound like i have a stutter or somethin?? stupid computer.

    (by the way, just heard this song wit tha music, and i have fallen in love with no doubt all over again)
    laurajane07on July 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is a really good song to listen to when you're mad at your parents for whatever reason. I've become very fond of in just recently since I just turned 16. How ironic??? hehe!!!
    bubblelicious01on June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI love how the plug the following lines in the middle of this song:

    "These children
    They're not really bad most of them
    They're just products
    Of rotten neighborhoods
    And bad family situations"

    That's great, very punk! :-)
    stoolhardyon December 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti luv da lines in dis song about da little wings beind intertwined. it reminds me of fairies n den innocence n den sweet 16 yr olds n den... how 16s aint innocent n its ironic n dats da meenin of da whole song n its all verri cleaver n da bass n rhythm n gwens vocals n ... yes m8
    sk84urlifeon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great product of old school No Doubt.. haha I wonder if they made this just to appeal to punkish 16 year olds because it really does get it right if you're 16 or around that age. It's a good song and it's just about growing up and being in the middle years.. not a child but not an adult. Good song. It really does get to how you feel like no one understands.. like being segragated, closed off.. and that little radio clip they insert in the middle about kids being the products of rock music and bad neighborhoods.
    AmberAmeliaon April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHell yes, this song is awesome.

    It's so true that at 16, you're trying to grow up, so you're "finally 16", yet at the same time you're still young, so you're "only 16". The time of conflict with maturation and/or lack thereof.
    Seewaon June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLol to bubblelicious, who didn't understand the term "irony."
    rupeeloveon August 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the way this song fades into "Sunday Morning", one of my favs.
    JoeyOvenstoneon May 02, 2010   Link

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