"17" as written by Todd Jerome Chapman and Y ....
Some people tell me, that you're not my kind
And I believe them, but I can't get you out of my mind
Some people tell me that I should stay away
Maybe I will...some other day

'Cause it feel right
And it feels good
And I don't do always that I should
And I know what makes me happy
And in my heart you're it exactly

I don't want to do right, I just want you tonight
Not just only in my dreams
Save my best behavior, for a little later
'Cause I'm only seventeen
Think I made my mind up, I got time to grow up
Face responsibility
Livin' in the moment, keepin' my heart open
While I'm only seventeen

(Only seventeen...)
I'll learn my lessons, and I'll make mistakes
And If I get burned (get burned), it'll be my heart to break
It isn't easy, hearing what they say
Sometimes you've got to take a leap of faith

'Cause it feel right
And it feels good
And I'm not gonna do something stupid
Just this once, I want to feel like
I can do what I want when I hold tight

I don't want to do right, I just want you tonight
Not just only in my dreams
Save my best behavior, for a little later
'Cause I'm only seventeen
Think I made my mind up, I got time to grow up
Face responsibility
Livin' in the moment, keepin' my heart open
While I'm only seventeen
(Only seventeen...)

Anyone, who's ever been in love
Has got to know
What it means to have a dream
And no one can say anything
To change my mind, no, not this time

I don't want to do right, I just want you tonight
Not just only in my dreams
Save my best behavior, for a little later
'Cause I'm only seventeen
Think I made my mind up, I got time to grow up
Face responsibility
Livin' in the moment, keepin' my heart open
While I'm only seventeen
(Only seventeen...)

Baby, got time to grow up...
To face responsibility...
Hopin'... open...
'Cause I'm only seventeen...


Lyrics submitted by Nelly

"17" as written by Todd Chapman Shelly Peiken

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThis is actually my favorite song on her CD. To me, it means that you should go after a love you well, love, regardless of what people say. It's okay to make mistakes, especially if you're only 17 ;)
    zCuteStaron May 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok...this song is about a girl, who wants to give herself to a guy, and she knows she was always taught not to, and to be careful and stuff..but she's sick of being a good girl..she wants to take risks..she's ready to make mistake's and learn her lessons just like all the other 17 year olds...she's sick of worrying about everythign and is just ready to let loose
    jakon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI listened to this when I turned 17!!! :)
    Simplisticon June 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rewls. :)
    strykerchickon July 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentShe wants to be with this guy but everyone is telling her that she'll get hurt but she wants to do whats right for her even if she does get hurt it'll be ok cuz she'll learn from her mistakes. I listened to this when I turned 17 too.
    Hearbreaker415on July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentcute song!
    Sunnyon March 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentShe doesn't care what anyone says to her. She wants to be with this guy so much it hurts. Love is all you need.
    kay*on April 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree ^ She's only 17, and the world is in her hands...
    justascrazyon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah its an okay song
    SimplePlanRockson January 08, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningI can't believe nobody's pointed out the blatant sexual meaning of this song.

    Most of Mandy's songs can be interpreted sexually.

    In this one, she wants to have sex with this guy because she feels he's the one, but everyone's telling her to wait 'till she's older and all that gibberish. She's not listening though, because she's young and she should be allowed to make mistakes, especially when "it feels right and it feels good".

    "I just want you tonight, not just only in my dreams" means to me she's tired of fantasizing about doing it, and wants to make love to this guy tonight.

    Great song. I'll be turning 17 soon, so I'll likely have this song on repeat because of the more generalized meaning of being able to make mistakes while you're young because you've "got time to grow up".
    Principal Guptaon January 02, 2009   Link

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