Sixteen Going On Seventeen chords

from The Sound Of Music

  • Sixteen Going On Seventeen was written by Richard Rodgers (lyrics) and Oscar Hammerstein (music).
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at a moderate tempo
  • Chords: F, F6, F7, F+, Fm6, G7, G9, Gm7, C7, C7b9, C9, C+, Dm, Dm7, D7, Bb, Bb-5, Bbm7
  • Learn the Chords: Make sure you can play all the chords before attempting the song. Some of them look a little scary but once you learn them they are all very easy to play.
  • Video: If you want to play along with the video, the start of the song and first refrain (male part) is in the key of Ab - place a Capo on the 3rd fret and all is well. On the second refrain (female part) there is a key change to D Major - you will need to move the capo to the 9th fret which may sound a little odd... as long as you have enough neck-room, it is possible but not entirely desirable.
  • The optional Interlude and 3rd refrain in the song is not included in the video clip.

The first verse is omitted in the video clip... starts at the first refrain.

Sixteen Going On Seventeen

Capo on 3rd fret if playing with the video

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
       F                         G9
1. You wait, lit-tle girl, on an emp-ty stage
       Gm7              F6
   For fate to turn the light on
        F                         G9
   Your life, lit-tle girl, is an emp-ty page
        Gm7              F6             Faug  Dm   C7
   That men will want to write on___ To write on |     |...

           F                C7
Refrain 1: You are six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                     Dm7     G9
           Ba-by, it's time to | think -     | 
           C9                  F
           Bet-ter be-ware, be can-ny and care-ful
           Gm7           G7       C7        Caug
           Ba-by, you're on the | brink! / /     |

           F                C7
           You are six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                       Dm7     G9
           Fel-lows will fall in | line -     |
           C9                    F
           Ea-ger young lads and rogues and cads
                Gm7        C9       F
           Will of-fer you food and wine.

           Bb               Bb-5
           To-tal-ly un-pre-pared are you
              F7              Bb
           To face a world of men.
           Bb                 Bb-5
           Tim-id and shy and scared are you
              F                     G7     C7
           Of things be-yond your | kin -     |

           F                 C7
           You need some-one old-er and wis-er
           F                    Bbm7
           Tell-ing you what to do
           F                D7
           I am sev-en-teen go-ing on eight-een
           G9        C7b9    F    G7     C7
           I'll take care of you |    -     |

           F             C7
Refrain 2: I am six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                   Dm7     G9
           I know that I'm na-|ive  -     |
           C9                  F
           Fel-lows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
               Gm7         G7       C7          Caug
           And will-ing-ly I'll be-|lieve. / /       |

           F             C7
           I am six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                 Dm7     G9
           In-no-cent as a | rose  -    |
           C9                   F
           Bach-e-lor dan-dies, drink-ers of bran-dies
           Gm7       C9      F
           What do I know of those?

           Bb               Bb-5
           To-tal-ly un-pre-pared am I
              F7              Bb
           To face a world of men
           Bb                 Bb-5
           Tim-id and shy and scared am I
              F                   G7    C7
           Of things be-yond my | kin -    |

           F               C7
           I need some-one old-er and wis-er
           F                   Bbm7
           Tell-ing me what to do
           F                   D7
           You are sev-en-teen go-ing on eight-een
           G9      C7b9    F
           I'll de-pend on you |  𝄎  | 
           
             F               C7       Gm7  C7 
Interlude: A bell is no bell till you ring it,
             F                        G7 
           A song is no song till you sing it,
               F                          Fm6 
           And love in your heart was-'nt put there to stay,
           F6                        Gm7     C7     F7    F6    Faug     F
           Love is-n't love till you give it a  - | way -     |       -     | 

           F                    C7
Refrain 3: When you're six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen
           F                      Dm7      G9 
           Wait-ing for life to | start -     |
           C9                  F
           Some-bod-y kind who touch-es your mind 
                Gm7        G7          C7          Caug
           Will sud-den-ly touch your | heart! / /      |

           F                   C7
           When thet hap-pens, af-ter it hap-pens,
           F                       Dm7     G9 
           Noth-ing is quite the | same  -     |
           C9                      F
           Some-how you kno you'll jump up and go
              Gm7      C9         F
           If ev-er he calls your name!

           Bb                    Bb-5
           Gone are your old i - deas of life
               F7              Bb
           The old i-deas grow dim
           Bb                    Bb-5
           Lo and be-hold you're some-one's wife
               F                G7    C9
           And you be-long to | him -    |

           F                  C7
           You may think this kind of ad-ven-ture
           F                  Bbm7
           Nev-er may come to you
           F                 D7
           Dar-ling six-teen go-ing on sev-en-teen,
           G9          C7b9         F    
           Wait__    a year__    or two |  𝄎  |          

🗝 F Major

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note

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