A friend who is an English Professor is looking for background for an essay. Here is the follow-up e-mail from last night’s poker game:
The list we generated follows, but feel free to share any songs that fit this category.
i saw her standing there - beatles
don’t stand so close to me - police
mexicali blues - grateful dead
i’m on fire - springsteen
hey nineteen - steely dan
stray cat blues - stray cats
so young – stones
hot blooded – foreigner
walk this way – aerosmith
Go away little girl – donny osmond
young girl – gary puckett
art lover – kinks
Also, I don’t have a cite but my understanding was that the point of Hey Nineteen was that the narrator’s much younger girlfriend couldn’t get his cultural references (at one point asking “Who’s Aretha Franklin?” and causing him to doubt the whole thing).
One thing to consider is that when many of these songs were written, 18 was not the agreed on dividing line between child and adulthood it is now. Most states had and still have a mishmash of rules about ages of consent. 18 is the rule in California and has sort of spread via the entertainment industry to be the nationwide societal norm, but that might not have been the case back when these songs were written. Perhaps it makes them no less creepy to modern ears, but they might have seemed less so at the time they were written.
Oh, and my nomination: Little Sister, most famously by Elvis. No ages explicitly mentioned, but obviously about a verrrrry recently pubescent girl.