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Seventeen
The Family Jewels album artwork
Released November 23, 2007
Length 3:40
Label 679, Atlantic
Format Digital download, CD (with album)
Producer Liam Howe
The Family Jewels (US edition) track listing
"Seventeen" is track number 12.
Previous track
"Oh No!"
Next track
"Numb"
The Family Jewels (Japanese edition) track listing
"Seventeen" is track number 12.
Previous track
"The Family Jewels"
Next track
"Mowgli's Road (video)"
The Crown Jewels track listing
"Seventeen" is track number 2.
Previous track
"I Am Not A Robot"
Next track
"Simplify"
Mermaid vs Sailor track listing
"Seventeen" is track number 1.
Previous track
Next track
"Horror Pop"

"Seventeen" is a song by Welsh singer-songwritter Marina and the Diamonds. The song was written by Marina Diamandis and produced by Liam Howe.

This song was released on 2007, originally from her first EP Mermaid vs. Sailor. But then the track was remaked for the Japanese and U.S. version of The Family Jewels on 2010.

Official versions Edit

  • The Family Jewels version —3:40
  • Mermaid vs Sailor version — 2:40
  • Demo version — 2:57

LyricsEdit

The Family Jewels version Edit

Used to be a major scale
But the melody went stale
Musical cacophony
Let Insy Winsy Spider free

You're a rich little boy
Who's had to work for his toys
You've got all sensibilities, oh
Of an upper class guy, no

No, I'm not your little slave
No, I don't twist and turn that way
Only got bad things to say
You're always asking what is up, up with me

Could never tell you what happened
The day I turned seventeen
The rise of a king and the fall of a queen, oh
Seventeen, seventeen

Oh you were embarrassed of me
'Cause I used my tongue freely
Bet you wish I couldn't speak
'Cause when I do, you know
I tell you why you appear weak

You want a hassle free life?
Go get your upper class wife
She's got all the personality, oh
Of a lemon that's been truly sucked dry

You teach me how to behave
I felt you question the way-ay
I was brought up as a baby
Well you don't know fuck about my family

Could never tell you what happened
The day I turned seventeen
The rise of a king and the fall of a queen, oh
Seventeen (seventeen)
No seventeen, oh seventeen
The rise of the king and the fall of a queen, oh
Seventeen

Never fell down like a princess
I used to get myself in distress
That it was just how things were meant to be
Oh seventeen, seventeen

Mermaid vs Sailor version Edit

Used to be a major scale
But the melody went stale
Musical cacophony
Let Insy Winsy Spider free

You're a rich little boy
Who's had to work for his toys
You've got all sensibilities, oh
Of an upper class guy, no

No, I'm not your little slave
No, I don't twist and turn that way
Only got bad things to say
You're always asking what is up, up with me

You'll never find out what happened
The day I turned seventeen
The rise of a king and the fall of a queen, oh
Seventeen, seventeen

Oh you were embarrassed of me
'Cause I used my tongue freely
Bet you wish I couldn't speak
'Cause when I do, you know
I tell you why you appear weak

You want a hassle free life?
Then find your upper class wife
She's got all the personality, oh
Of a lemon that's been truly sucked dry

You teach me how to behave
I felt you question the wa-ay
I was brought up as a baby
Well you don't know fuck about my family

You'll never find out what happened
The day I turned seventeen
The rise of a king and the fall of a queen, oh
Seventeen

Never fell down like a princess
But at least I picked myself up like a queen

VideoEdit

Music Video Information
Marina and the Diamonds - Seventeen

Marina and the Diamonds - Seventeen

Premiere unreleased
Filmed 2008
Director Chris Lewis
Producer Jim Owen
Production co TBA
Exec. producer TBA
Editor TBA
Choreographer TBA
Length 2:59
Source

Theories Edit

The meaning of the song is very unclear, so there are a lot of theories about the theme. Most of the theories are about what happened the day Marina turned seventeen.

Theory About the Day Marina Lost Her Virginity Edit

This theory says Marina could have been directing this song to a boyfriend that thought he could boss her around and use her. However, she is cautious and now knows of men like this because the man that took her virginity may have had similar traits.

Theory About the Relationship with Marina's Dad Edit

This theory says that the song is about Marina's relationship with her dad. Her parents split when she was young and she lived with her dad in Greece from when she was 15 until she was 17. Her dad told her how to be and act. Marina was brought up by her mother's side of the family and her father didn't like that, as he questioned the way she was brought up. He thought that she would have been more ladylike and a little less outspoken if he had raised her and he was embarrassed of her.

Marina also sings of an "upper-class wife". This is most likely in reference to her dad's girlfriend/wife that she didn't like.[1]

References Edit

  1. https://www.lyricinterpretations.com/marina-and-the-diamonds/seventeen