"Seventeen" as written by and Timothy John Baker....
We watch the land
And imagine our bodies buried within
All the blurring green
Imagine our bodies hovering

We're always on the edge
We're always on the edge of something bigger than this.

Said: I ain't married yet,
Not some marionette,
I cut my strings and I went wandering

Between two poles
One was dirt and the other was gold
They push and pull
If one is evil is the other one good?
Is it good?
Cause we're always on the edge
We're always on the edge of something bigger than this
Cause we're always on the edge
We're always on the edge of some impossible trick

I spit my piece
The words are sweet
But they hardly speak
So I shut my teeth and I won't say anything

I'm losing you. I can see it.
I'm losing you. I can see it.
I can see it. I can see through. the thin skin's moving. I can see through it.

Like a loose balloon, I am lost and loving the view

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"Seventeen" as written by Timothy John Baker

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    My InterpretationI recently discussed this song with my Gr. 10 English Language Arts class. It is actually published in the "Home Grown" Newfoundland curriculum, which is a supplement to the Nelson Literacy 10 textbook.

    My students generated some great thematic statements for what we agreed was a "coming of age" song. One statement (which I now paraphrase from my faltering memory) was "Breaking the bonds of youth can be frightening, but worth it." (Thanks Erika)
    We discussed how societal bonds or strings are cut, only to be replaced by self-imposed restraint of often shutting ones mouth and not saying anything.
    Regardless, the song remains quite life affirming. As we also noted, the speaker goes from a group (we) imagining their bodies hovering above the land in the first verse, to an individual (I) actually hovering in the final verse. And their can be no doubt about the thrills life holds in store, when you can embrace being lost, and "loving the view."
    brubrentonon February 14, 2015   Link

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