At 17 you only want one thing.

Used to chase that boy home from school.
We called him frekled-faced, red-headed fool.
He was different…he wasn’t cool like me
Sticks and stones didn’t break any bones
But we never left well enough alone
And one day he ran away from home, you see
And I passed him as he walked away
And in his eyes I heard him say
One of these days you’re gonna love me
You’ll sit down by yourself and think
About the times you pushed and shoved me
And what good friends we might’ve been
And then you’re gonna sigh a little
Maybe even cry a little but
One of these days you’re gonna love me
Patty Sue was a small town beauty
I took one look at her and had to pull her to me
Lord knows she should’ve seen right through me
When I promised her the world
But at 17, you only want one thing
I left her standin’ with my high school ring
Innocent tears in the pourin’ rain
As I walked away
And I still see her in my dreams
And to this day she’s whispering
One of these days you’re gonna love me
You’ll sit down by yourself and think
About the time you turned from me
And what good friends we might’ve been
And then you’re gonna sigh a little
Maybe even cry a little but
One of these days you’re gonna love me

Now everybody stands up
The congregation sings
It’s a song of sweet forgiveness
And as the chorus rings
The wind blows clear my memory
The pages start to turn
Then suddenly I’m singin’
The moment that I learn
One of these days I’m gonna love me
And feel the joy of sweet release
One of these days, I’ll rise above me
And at last I’ll find some peace
Then I’m gonna smile a little
Maybe even laugh a little but
One of these days I’m gonna love me

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