"Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" as written by Tim Cox and Nigel Andrew Swanston....
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97
Wear sunscreen

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
A long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind
You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
Until they've 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 are 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 to be things that never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. On some idle Tuesday
Do one thing every day that scares you

Saying, 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 compliments you receive, forget the insults, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements


Don't feel guilty if 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 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

Brother and sister together we'll make it through
Some day a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you've been hurting but I've been waiting to be there for you
And I'll be there just helping you out whenever I can

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

Understand that friends come and go
But a precious few, who should hold on

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle
For as 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 anyone else to support you
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse
But you never know when either one might run out

Never mess too much with your hair
Or by the time you're 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 than it's worth

But trust me on the sunscreen

Brother and sister together we'll make it through
Some day a spirit will take you and guide you there
I know you've been hurting but I've been waiting to be there for you
And I'll be there just helping you out whenever I can

Everybody see it oh yeah yeah

Everybody see it oh yeah
He want you to feel good!

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"Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) [Mix]" as written by Tim Cox Nigel Andrew Swanston

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  • +2
    General Commenti love this song. it's really inspiriational.
    jaxgrrlon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow could this song not affect you? nm...I mean ur entitled to your own opinion...but...wow. I dunno I just love Baz. From his above lyrics to his movies, he just inspires me by being random and deep. The above song talks about the lessons that you will learn, that have to be learned by life. Everything is true and the way he put it to music helped it sink in.
    thinkitbeiton June 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics to Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen), is by Mary Schmich. The person performing the spoken-word song is Quindon Tarver. If you want more information on the history/evolution of this piece, visit: OR,
    , OR you can look up the actual article itself: ADVICE, LIKE YOUTH, PROBABLY JUST WASTED ON THE YOUNG , Chicago Tribune; Chicago, Ill.; Jun 1, 1997; Mary Schmich. Hope this helps with the confusion of the origins of this song.
    mulhermujeron September 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat comment was inspiring. it inspired me to write this comment. you are really inspirational jaxgrrl, thanks a bunch
    dexteron May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was just wondering if they had this song on the website. The song itself has no effect on me whatsoever.
    HivesFanCCon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's the class of 97 I think
    HivesFanCCon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is the class of 97. This song really makes you think. I love it.
    chrisbcreem2002on June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song, amazing director. This song makes me cry for some reason, but also makes me feel incredibly happy... its so deep, and yet so obvious!
    assortedjellybeanson July 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentok, i had heard the song before, but it didn't really mean much to me at the time. recently i saw a movie called the big kahuna, good movie. at the end, this song starts playing, and it clicked. this song (or article if you wanna be correct about it) is amazing, it just makes sense. and if nothing else, all amazing songs make sense. later
    Mic_Check3525on March 10, 2003   Link
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