"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" as written by and Patrick Lee Mac Donald....
I study nuclear science
I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they're only getting better
I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades

I've got a job waiting for my graduation
Fifty thou a year, buys a lot of beer
Things are going great, and they're only getting better
I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades

Well I'm heavenly blessed and worldly wise
I'm a peeping-tom techie with x-ray eyes
Things are going great, and they're only getting better
I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades

I study nuclear science
I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher, he wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they're only getting better
I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades


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"The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" as written by Patrick Lee Mac Donald

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    Song MeaningIt's about nuclear destruction.
    kmk_natashaon April 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's just a feel good song about things going good.
    I really don't see how it's about nuclear destruction unless he's sarcastic the whole time.
    RedefineBeautyon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song probably has a dark side, but to hell with the artist. I interpret this as part of the optimistic 80's...when people believed that things were possible...when capitalism wasn't considered bad...etc.

    I freakin' hate how pessimistic this country has been since the 80's. Now we have fear, guilt, etc., but mostly, everyone is demanding that we sacrifice. We used to have hope...used to have pride in our American ingenuity.

    Well, dammit, I KNOW that we can think our way through the worst problems. I still have and always will have unflinching hope...and because of that, my future is so bright, I gotta wear shades.

    And to the people that hate me for my hope and pride, two words: Mark Zuckerberg.

    "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." ~Benjamin Franklin
    HeavyBon July 01, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI have just come across a disturbing interpretation of this song. Now, you're probably wondering, "What's so disturbing about it?" It's a dire warning to people not to get into the field of nuclear sciences and going to work at nuclear power plants, because it'd make you insane. Think about it.

    The first lines of the song is "I study nuclear science, I love my classes, I got a crazy teacher who wears dark glasses." This sounds like a good thing, especially since the singer is saying he's doing alright, getting good grades and his future's so bright that he's gotta wear shades.

    The second verse of the song is him saying that he's got a job waiting for him after he graduates from school (the music video shows a picture of a nuclear power plant). Like anyone getting out of school, he's psyched about the amount of money he'd get each year and that he could buy a lot of beer to get drunk on as much as he wants.

    Here's where things get weird: the third verse. "Well I'm heavenly blessed and worldly wise, I'm a peeping-tom techie with x-ray eyes." Apparently, during his time working and possibly being drunk on the job, he apparently has a psychotic break and thinks he's got superpowers from working at the power plant.

    And here's the sad part, the first verse is repeated again, indicating that he's been forced out of the power plant and is stuck teaching nuclear science to the next generation, with the repeating of the verse being from a new student who was just as hopeful as he was, sitting in the class with a "crazy teacher who wears dark glasses", unaware of the irony (with his teacher who may have also gone insane because he had the same job). The future's so bright? More like dark....
    CB2001on March 26, 2017   Link

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