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Seventeen Going Under
Sam Fender Lyrics


I remember the sickness was forever
I remember snuff videos
Cold Septembers, the distances we covered
The fist fights on the beach, the bizzies round us up
Do it all again next week
An embryonic love
The first time that it scarred
Embarrass yourself for someone
Crying like a child
And the boy who kicked Tom's head in
Still bugs me now
That's the thing, it lingers
And claws you when you're down

I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That's the thing with anger
It begs to stick around
So it can fleece you of your beauty
And leave you spent with nowt to offer
It makes you hurt the ones who love you

You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)

See I spent my teens enraged
Spiraling in silence
And I armed myself with a grin
'Cause I was always the fuckin' joker
Buried in their humor
Amongst the white noise and boys' boys
Locker-room talkin' lads' lads
Drenched in cheap drink and snide fags
A mirrored picture of my old man
Oh God, the kid's a dab hand
Canny chanter, but he looks sad

God, the kid looks so sad
God, the kid looks so sad

She said the debt, the debt, the debt
So I thought about shifting gear
And how she wept and wept and wept
Luck came and died 'round here
I see my mother
The DWP see a number
She cries on the floor encumbered
I'm seventeen going under

I'm seventeen going under
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
(Oh)

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Written by: Sam Fender

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Andrew Collins

I remember the sickness was forever
I remember snuff videos
Cold Septembers, the distances we covered
The fist fights on the beach, the bizzies round us up
Do it all again next week
An embryonic love
The first time that it scarred
Embarrass yourself for someone
Crying like a child
And the boy who kicked Tom's head in
Still bugs me now
That's the thing, it lingers
And claws you when you're down
I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That's the thing with anger
It begs to stick around
So it can fleece you of your beauty
And leave you spent with nowt to offer
It makes you hurt the ones who love you
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
See I spent my teens enraged
Spiraling in silence
And I armed myself with a grin
'Cause I was always the fuckin' joker
Buried in their humor
Amongst the white noise and boys' boys
Locker-room talkin' lads' lads
Drenched in cheap drink and snide fags
A mirrored picture of my old man
Oh God, the kid's a dab hand
Canny chanter, but he looks sad
God, the kid looks so sad
God, the kid looks so sad
She said the debt, the debt, the debt
So I thought about shifting gear
And how she wept and wept and wept
Luck came and died 'round here
I see my mother
The DWP see a number
She cries on the floor encumbered
I'm seventeen going under
I'm seventeen going under
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
(Oh)



Jack Beswick

"Buried in their humour,
Amongst the white noise and boys' boys,
Locker room talkin' lads' lads,
Drenched in cheap drink and snide fags,
A mirrored picture of my old man,
Oh God the kid's a dab hand,
Canny chanter, but he looks sad
God, the kid looks so sad"

Such a wonderful flow lyrically.



Totalavulsion

I remember the sickness was forever
I remember snuff videos
Cold Septembers, the distances we covered
The fist fights on the beach, the bizzies round us up
Do it all again next week
An embryonic love
The first time that it scarred
Embarrass yourself for someone
Crying like a child
And the boy who kicked Tom's head in
Still bugs me now
That's the thing, it lingers
And claws you when you're down
I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That's the thing with anger
It begs to stick around
So it can fleece you of your beauty
And leave you spent with nowt to offer
It makes you hurt the ones who love you
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
You hurt them like they're nothing
(Oh, oh)
See I spent my teens enraged
Spiraling in silence
And I armed myself with a grin
'Cause I was always the fuckin' joker
Buried in their humor
Amongst the white noise and boys' boys
Locker-room talkin' lads' lads
Drenched in cheap drink and snide fags
A mirrored picture of my old man
Oh God, the kid's a dab hand
Canny chanter, but he looks sad
God, the kid looks so sad
She said the debt, the debt, the debt
So I thought about shifting gear
And how she wept and wept and wept
Luck came and died 'round here
I see my mother
The DWP see a number
She cries on the floor encumbered
I'm seventeen going under
I'm seventeen going under
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
I'm seventeen going under (oh, oh)
(Oh, oh)
(Oh)



Sharky Rider64

This is me too and still - "You hurt them like they’re nothing"

I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That’s the thing with anger
It begs to stick around
So it can fleece you of your beauty
And leave you spent with nothing to offer
It makes you hurt the ones who love you
You hurt them like they’re nothing



All comments from YouTube:

LEE VIEW

"I see my mother, the DWP sees a number" - what a line. What a song.

Ruairi Fallon

💯 My favourite line. I keep singing it over and over again! 😂

David Edwards

@Sv Vr he’s now in a position to make her life better 👍🏼👌🏼

Elliana_bbys_squad

To me this line means his mum was probably on the breadline - living in poverty - hence the 'passes out in the floor with hunger' - the benefits, if any, weren't enough but he sees it as the DWP don't care - his Mum is just another number to them.

BuLLsEyE

@brett harter or came here on a life boat and never paid a penny into the system

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CoryB

“I was far too scared to hit him, but I would hit him in a heart beat now” hits me different, definitely times when I was younger that I should’ve been tougher and stuck up for myself more. This song is therapy.

CoryB

@Desolate no, your confused my friend, he’s simply stating that he was too scared to defend his friend and it haunts him and he wished he stepped in and hit him. I think you’re trying to make it more than something it actually is, I think the lyrics are fairly straight forward

Desolate

@CoryB I wasn't insinuating that he ever has, I was saying that the narrative that he wished he'd hit people in the past is a lot more boisterous and caters better to the target audience he has than my suggestion, and that may be why he has intentionally left "The right answer" blank so people are free to believe whatever they want

CoryB

@Desolate I don’t think he’s ever eluded to it being cool to deck people, I think he’s simply saying he wished he had the courage to defend his friend.

Desolate

@CoryB His anger making him a toxic person damaged relationships with people around him is the part I took from it, mind you it's not as cool as wanting to deck people but ya know

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