Thirteen

Album: #1 Record (1972)
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  • Won't you let me walk you home from school?
    Won't you let me meet you at the pool?
    Maybe Friday I can
    Get tickets for the dance
    And I'll take you, ooh-ooh

    Won't you tell your dad, "Get off my back"
    Tell him what we said 'bout 'Paint It Black'
    Rock and Roll is here to stay
    Come inside where it's okay
    And I'll shake you, ooh-ooh

    Won't you tell me what you're thinking of?
    Would you be an outlaw for my love?
    If it's so, well, let me know
    If it's no, well, I can go
    I won't make you, ooh-ooh Writer/s: Alex Chilton, Christopher Bell
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • Austin from IllinoisThis is maybe becoming my favorite song ever. First heard it in That 70s Show and it was just brilliant. I just don't think there's a song that quite encapsulates nostalgia for one's youth with such a bittersweet beauty. It's amazing to have the maturity at 20 to write a song about adolescence that sounds like that adolescence is both decades ago and seconds ago simultaneously. Alex Chilton was a real talent. RIP.
  • Noah from MichiganI remember hearing this song on That 70's Show when Eric came back from Africa... loved that show and this song perfectly captures Eric and Donna's relationship.
  • Ichabod from Bristol, United KingdomI'm an English teacher and use 'Thirteen' to introduce the storyline of 'Romeo and Juliet'. The narrative of the song has a lot of parallels with the play. 'tell your dad get off my back', 'will you be an outlaw for my love' and in the play Juliet is described by old Bill Shakespeare as having not 'seen the change of fourteen years'. If Alex Chilton didn't write the song with a conscious link, he paid a fine tribute.
  • Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationCritic author Robert Gordon wrote in Sleevenotes for 'Big Star Live' Rykodisc CD issue in January 1992: Though an adult when writing 'Thirteen', [Chilton ] Chilton thoroughly penetrates a teen world, singing cliches and quoting the radio: "Tell your Dad get off my back/ Tell him what we said both Paint It Black." The music and lyrics assign an intensity to a child's sexuality that is enough to disturb any grade-schooler's father. That it is this adult, who as a child had recently sung several hits about adult sexual longing, gives it a sense of the macabre. The gently-picked guitar on this live set, the calming background vocals on the studio version – the listener is lulled along the currents of the great perversity of American sexual imagination. Nabakaov's Lolita is off in the distance but down a different path; Dean Stockwell's ‘In Dreams’ in David Lynch's Blue Velvet is right next door.
  • Spanky from Charleston, ScPropaghandi,the canadian punk band,used the let me walk you home from school line in one of their sarcastic adolescent love songs.
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