Thanks for your question. The song you are referring to was made up
of music and the what has become known as The Graduation Speech.
Originally attributed as the commencement address delivered by author
Kurt Vonnegut at the 1997 graduation of MIT, however, it turns out
that Vonnegut never gave a commencement address at MIT. The column
originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune in a column by Mary
Schmich. Due to copyright limitations, I cannot post the entire text
of the column here, however, it starts as follows:
"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The 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
The actual column appears here:
Though the Trib charges a premium fee to view the article as it is
over 5 years old. It is, however, posted on many websites.
A follow up article written by Ms. Schmich here:
The actual song you are referring to is entitled "Everybody's Free (To
Wear Sunscreen)" was recorded by Lee Perry and Quindon Taver and was
released in 1998.
Thanks again for your question. If you need any additional
clarification, please let me know.
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