[Chorus]
I'll do anything
For my sweet sixteen,
And I'll do anything
For little run away child

Gave my heart an engagement ring,
She took everything,
Everything I gave her,
Oh sweet sixteen

Built a moon
For a rocking chair,
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here
Oh, oh, oh.

Someone's built a candy castle
For my sweet sixteen
Someone's built a candy brain
And filled it in.

[Chorus]

Well, memories may burn you,
Memories grow older as people can
They just get colder
Like sweet sixteen

I see it's clear
Baby, that you are
All through here
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

[Chorus]

Someone's built a candy castle
For my sweet sixteen
Someone's built a candy house
To house her in.
Someone's built a candy castle
For my sweet sixteen
Someone's built a candy brain
And filled it in.

And I do anything
For my sweet sixteen
Oh, I do anything
For run away girl.

Yeah, sad and lonely and blue.
Yeah, gettin' over you.
How, how do you think it feels
Yeah to get up in the morning, get over you.
Up in the morning, get over you.
Wipe away the tears, get over you, get over, get over...

My sweet sixteen,
Oh runaway child
Oh sweet sixteen
Little runaway girl.

Gave my heart an engagement ring,
She left everything,
Everything I gave her,
Oh sweet sixteen
Built a moon
For a rocking chair,
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Someone's built a candy castle
For my sweet sixteen
Someone's built a candy house
And house her in.
Someone's built a candy castle
For my sweet sixteen
Someone's built a candy house
And house her in.

[Chorus]

Do anything
For my sweet sixteen
I'll do anything
For little runaway girl
Little runaway girl
Oh sweet sixteen
Oh sweet sixteen
Oh


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Sweet Sixteen Lyrics as written by Billy Idol

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  • +5
    Song MeaningBilly Idol's Sweet Sixteen is actually based on a true story. In 1923, a 26 year old Latvian man named Edward Leedskalnin was jilted by his fiancee Agnes Scuffs (ten years his junior, whom he nicknamed Sweet Sixteen), the day before their wedding. Leedskalnin moved to South Miami, and in a failed attempt to win back the one he loved, he spent the next 25 years carving this structure ... known today as the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida.
    AlexandriaDanielson April 22, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentBig Big Idol Fan, and this without a doubt one of my favorite songs of his. I love everything about the dual meaning in this song. Both the fact that it is about the story of Ed Leeds and Coral Castle and his sweet sixteen, the turned to stone which implies both immortalized in stone as well as turned to stone as in heart turned to stone, also the fact that it applies to just about all doomed young love. True young love is the purest thing in the entire world and it is also the most vulnerable thing in the entire world. Most people never experience one day of true pure love in their entire lives. When you have had it and lost it, you know you will never feel exactly the same way about another person again. This song will always make me think about my own sweet sixteen. I know she sometimes is out there looking down on me, and I want her to know that I will never forget her and will never stop tending her garden of stone until the day we can be together again.
    VitalIdolon December 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood song
    cervanteon July 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhere are all the comments...Billy is a fucking GOD

    This is my fav Billy Idol Song ever

    I heard its about a Castle in the UK that a man built for his young bride and it actually has a Crecent Moon Rocking chair and stuff...at least thats what I read or heard somewhere...

    and Billy said something to that effect at his concert before they played it:)

    Devils Playgound MArch 22nd people!!!!
    AstnPwrvchon March 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song..because of the music, lyrics and billy's amazing voice........one of my favorites.
    CLaAaUuUon June 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love billy idol and he's great rock..1 of the best i've ever heard!!!!!!!!!!!
    poison666on December 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy secret love in billy idol.
    i think this song is pretty self explanatory unless theres a hidden meaning that one cannt get without thinking deeply.
    this song makes me sad. the first time i heard it it made me feel depressed in a beautiful kind of way. and i still feel the same when i hear it now.
    everyone should not love billy idol. he is for us hardcore kids and thats it. no fucktarts.
    i love you billy.
    Paradox..Charismaon April 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAstnPwrvch was actually right about everything except the castle being in the UK. The song is about Coral Castle, a momument built is FL, USA by a Latvia born stone mason for his lost love. The sixteen year old bride (Agnes Scoff) left her fiance the day before her wedding (in persuit of another man) to Edward Leedskalnin age 26. It is very sad really, Edward deemed "Sweet Sixteen" his one true love, and built the entire monument for her, unfortuantely after the fact that she left him. =( It always makes me wonder how she must have felt after doing so? In her mind did she make the right choice and was she happy? Or did she spend the rest of her life regreting such a hastey decesion?

    For more info on Coral Castle you can visit their website:

    CoralCastle.com

    There is a whole biography on Edward Leedskalnin, he was a very fascinating person.
    TheHighQueenon June 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song and before I knew what the actual verses said (the true story of the song), I would imagine myself the sweet sixteen, on an adventure like jennifer conneley in Labyrinth... and Billy Idol a mysterious figure, waiting somewhere in the darkness to spirit me away.

    The true story is such a shame. If you cannot satisfy someone, even a coral castle of true awesomeness cannot bring her back. Poor guy.
    Even for a girl who loves wonderous, childlike fantasies, such as the neverending story, or labyrinth, and all that goes with it, (or something more modern lol like lots of pretty shoes) it is only transient, you need a basis in reality.
    Summerstrmon March 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is a song a lot of romantic men can relate to- the disillusionment after jilted teenage love. The singer tells about how he gave his love everything and would do anything for her, and she took it all. He, like so many young men, wrongly believed that by satisfying everyone of his love's desires that he would secure her love and devotion. Paradoxically, the satiation often leaves young women unaffected and eager for something else: Enter the man with the Candy Castle.

    The candy castle is just a metaphor for whatever enticed Sweet sixteen, which was probably the advances of some other dude. No one wants everything given to them.It makes life boring and empty. In this state, our sweet sixteen was suceptible to anything new and alluring. (the little hussy)

    Everyone enjoys a bit of a challenge.Young men (women too) need to bridle their passion if they want love to last. You need to always hold something back to keep the flame alive.
    Afterall, if as children we got all the candy we ever wanted, it wouldn't be "candy" now would it?
    akrasia1on November 14, 2011   Link

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