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Just Ellen

(unreleased song, 1980)

Lyrics by Tori Amos

You're most unusually lucky
ever since I met you
you captured my heart
you treated me like a lady from the very start
guess I'm a little girl in her dreams
who doesn't want to see
that I have to grow older and change on my own
I want to be a singer, but go it alone
but it is so hard for me 'cause I don't want to see that

I'm too young for a man
but I'm too old for a boy
so can't we just pretend
that I'm older than I really am
but then, only little girls pretend

I put on all the make-up that I can possibly find
I'm five years older in just a minute's time
but I can't compete with the ladies that attract your kind
so I rummage through my sister's things
hoping to find something that will catch your eye
to make you change your mind
so I won't have to leave, so you won't say to me

I'm too young for a man
but I'm too old for a boy
so can't we just pretend
that I'm older than I really am
but then, only little girls pretend

I'm left out in the night
I've lost all my senses
I know this isn't right
but you've captured my defenses
I really am in love
well that's the way I feel
this game has to stop
'cause you know it can't be real

I'm too young for a man
but I'm too old for a boy
so can't we just pretend
that I'm older than I really am
but then, only little girls pretend

I know I'd make you happy
but I'm too young for a wife
love is always special but I know I can't rush life
so I'm waiting in the wings to see what life will bring
and maybe in a few years when I am wise and tall
love will light again and shine upon us all
he says I'm a little girl in her dreams
who doesn't want to see

I'm too young for a man
but I'm too old for a boy
so can't we just pretend
that I'm older than I really am
but then, only little girls pretend


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