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Duration: 7:07 
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Lyrics By: Mary Schmich (Bill L) 
Music By: Mary Schmich (Bill L) 
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  • This is originally from a newspaper column by Mary Schmich of Chicago, but somehow got attributed to writer Kurt Vonnegut as a commencement speech he supposedly gave. (Bill L)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '99. Wear Sunscreen.

    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long
    term benefits of sunscreen have been provided by scientists whereas the rest of
    my advice has no basis more reliable than my own experience.

    I will dispense this advice now.

    Enjoy the power and beauty of youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the
    power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years
    you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how
    much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You're not as
    fat as you imagine.

    Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as
    trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in
    your life are apt be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that
    blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

    Do one thing everyday that scares you.


    Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are
    reckless with yours.


    Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're
    behind. The race is long, and in the end it's only with yourself. Remember the
    compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me

    Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


    Don't feel guilty in you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most
    interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives;
    some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

    Get plenty of calcium.

    Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

    Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you
    won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your
    75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much
    or berate yourself either - your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.

    Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other
    people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

    Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

    Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

    Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice
    to your siblings; they are the best link to your past, and the people most likely to
    stick with you in the future.

    Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
    Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyles because the older you get,
    the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

    Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
    Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.


    Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too
    will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices
    were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

    Respect your elders.

    Don't expect any one else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe
    you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

    Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time it's 40, it will look 85.

    Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is
    a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal,
    wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more it's worth.

    (Bill L)
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