I watched The Sound of Music with my sisters tonight. Two songs stood out: this one, and the song Edelweiss. I’ve always loved Edelweiss because it’s one of the only songs I can play on the piano. But the reprise of Sixteen Going on Seventeen spoke to me. It has one message:
Wait. Wait. Wait.
And boy, Maria is right.
When you’re sixteen going on seventeen
Waiting for life to start
Somebody kind who touches your mind
Will suddenly touch your heart
When that happens, after it happens
Nothing is quite the same
Somehow I know I’ll get up and go
If ever he calls my name
Gone are your old ideas of life
The old ideas grow dim
Lo and behold you’re someones wife
And you belong to him
You may think this kind of adventure
Never may come to you
Darling sixteen going on seventeen
Wait a year or two.
I’ll wait a year or two
Just/I’ll wait a year or two