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melancholy coming of age songs?


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hmmmm... I can think of a bunch that mention times about being at that age... can you clarify what you want? Do you want something specifically about the experiences of being a teenager? Of finding out what life is really all about? Of being afraid to step into the great wide open?

Sorry so many questions... :crazy:

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Tender Years - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown

The End Of The Innocence -Don Henley

My Back Pages - Bob Dylan

Hope these were what you were wanting. Those were the ones that came to my mind. At Seventeen was already there but it was one I would have added :D

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A song written and sung by Joni Mitchell may interest you. It's The Circle Game .

She once said that she wrote this for Neil Young. Not for him to sing...but for him.

Maybe not regretful but certainly melancholy to the max.

Here are the lyrics:

Yesterday a child came out to wonder

Caught a dragonfly inside a jar

Fearful when the sky was full of thunder

And tearful at the falling of a star

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons

Skated over ten clear frozen streams

Words like, when youre older, must appease him

And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

Were captive on the carousel of time

We cant return we can only look behind

From where we came

And go round and round and round

In the circle game

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now

Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town

And they tell him,

Take your time, it wont be long now

Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

Were captive on the carousel of time

We cant return we can only look behind

From where we came

And go round and round and round

In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty

Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true

Therell be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty

Before the last revolving year is through

And the seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down

Were captive on the carousel of time

We cant return, we can only look behind

From where we came

And go round and round and round

In the circle game

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Tender Years - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown

The End Of The Innocence -Don Henley

My Back Pages - Bob Dylan

Hope these were what you were wanting. Those were the ones that came to my mind. At Seventeen was already there but it was one I would have added :D

I was thinking of two absolue gems by the Byrds, one of which is My Back Pages and the other Goin' Back (a Carole King song). Two of the greatest renditions of two of the greatest songs.

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