Ever seen a young girl growing old,
Try'na to make herself a bride,

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Song-writer Mike d’Abo, previously the frontman of Manfred Mann, described the track as:

a saying to a teenage girl that the way to happiness is not through being trendy. There are deeper values.

Here, the father uses several examples of people who have to work hard to get what they want because of a particular hindrance e.g. disability, age – only making his daughter’s slave-to-fashion actions appear even more selfish and self-centred.

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