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Seventeener (17th and 37th)

The Lawrence Arms

Seventeener (17th and 37th) Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I never
Wanted to die old
But it’s too late now
My heart has grown so cold
And the corpse I leave behind
Ain’t gonna be
No pretty boy
It’s a sick sack of disease

[Verse 2]
And we thought about, the way we’d go, high and beautiful and fucking in the snow
On New Year's Day, or Christmas Eve, on a warm November night buried beneath the orange leaves. Just a few dreams of the ways that we could leave

[Chorus]
My heart got kicked out of all its homes
And dying young just didn’t work out so I guess I’m dying old
And now there ain’t nowhere left to go, because all my loves would rather be alone

[Verse 3]
And yesterday I woke up to find
The black in my beard had turned to white
And the pretty girls
That used to smile at me
Just stared off straight ahead
Or looked down at their feet

[Verse 4]
So tonight
I’ll sit up here
With the streetlights and these seventeen beers
Straight from the page
Of a teenage diary
Underneath these shitty stars like I was seventeen


[Chorus]

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About “Seventeener (17th and 37th)”

Brendan Kelly has been touring with bands and making music since he was in high school, most notably starting with ska-punk band Slapstick. This song is describing the sudden loss of the past 20 years (the parenthetical referencing his 17th and 37th birthday) and the severity of change that has occurred in his life now that he’s 37. He now has a wife and two children which prohibits his ability to tour and live in a van the way that he always has.

Just for context: Brendan Kelly was born September 8, 1976, Slapstick started in 1993; when he was 17; and Metropole was recorded in June of 2013; placing him at 37.