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(Rolf)
You wait little girl
On an empty stage
For fate to turn the light on

Your life little girl
Is an empty page
That men will want to write on

(Liesl)
To write on

(Rolf)
You are 16 going on 17
Baby it's time to think
Better beware
Be canny and careful
Baby you're on the brink

You are 16 going on 17
Fellows will fall in line
Eager young lads
And grueways and cads
Will offer you food and wine


Totally unprepared are you
To face a world of men
Timid and shy and scared are you
Of things beyond your kin

You need someone
Older and wiser
Telling you what to do
I am 17 going on 18
I'll take care of you

(Liesl)
I am 16 going on 17
I know that I'm naive
Fellows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
And willingly I believe

I am 16 going on 17 innocent as a rose
Bachelor dandies
Drinkers of brandies
What do I know of those?

Totally unprepared am I
To face a world of men
Timid and shy and scared am I
Of things beyond your ken

I need someone
Older and wiser
Telling me what to do
You are 17 going on 18
I'll depend on you



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  • u
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    UnregisteredDec 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm
    This song means that it is basically time to grow up and stop acting like a child. The older you get the wiser you should get also. Its time to cut the little kid stuff out and grow up and be a women.
  • u
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    UnregisteredDec 15, 2011 at 2:15 am
    The one line is "things beyond your ken," an old word (and i think scots still use it) that means knowledge.
  • u
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    UnregisteredNov 4, 2013 at 3:07 am
    This song is about how liesl is growing up and she wants (and thinks that she needs) someone to depend on. She believes that rolf is the person whom she should depend on, and he believes she should depend on him. Though the lyrics talk about dependency, i believe the song, at least in the context of the movie, is about expressing love in a very teenage-roundabout way. In regards to the the unregistered comment in december about the word "kin": it does not mean knowledge, rather it means family. She is supposedly afraid of people she is not used to being around (aka people who are not her family. Hope this helps!
  • u
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    UnregisteredJan 19, 2014 at 10:50 pm
    This song means so much to me. Not only is it telling a young girl growing up, how difficult life can be but its also telling her that there not many people she can depend on but in life she will find someone who is going to take care of her. In this musical however, the boy, Rolf, leaves Lies, at her time of need and betrays her family. Liesl then finds out that it was not Rolf she could depend on but her family instead who were always there, supporting her throughout. Nevertheless there are different shades to this song that one can consider.
  • u
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    UnregisteredAug 24, 2012 at 2:13 am
    I think it means that growing up may be hard and difficult at times and you might needs someone to help you throughout life

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