Does anyone know this song?

Here’s the deal, I’ve been looking for this song for a few years now and I’ve never managed to find it, of course it been so long by now that I’ve managed to forget anything that might actually let me find it.

I’m hoping one of you might be able to help me, here’s the problem, I don’t know the name of the song or the artist, I just know that the song is around 3 or 4 years old and that it was basically some giving advice about life. Its not a rap or a jazzy song, it was just a guy with a fairly plain voice giving advice on various things. I’ve added a few pieces of the lyrics as I remember them, but these might not be totally accurate.

“…Don’t be afraid if at 18 you don’t know what to do with your life, some of the most interesting 50 year olds still don’t know what they want to do with theirs…”

“…Always take the road less traveled…” (I’m not sure about that one)

and something about being careful about Nostalgia.

If it helps I know it was used in a car commercial, either Volvo or Mazda, then again it might have been Toyota, I’m just not sure anymore.

I know its not much to go on, but I’d really love to find that song, if you think you might know it could you please post the artist and title along with the lyrics, and if you’re a real good sport and you think you have the song itself could you send it to me on mIRC? I’m in #rpgc 24/7, just send it to one of my nicks (I usually have 2 or 3 active connections).

Here’s a little more info I just remembered, again it might not be 100% accurate, but I have this vague recollection that the song was about the singer’s daughter, it was just before something important, like her wedding or her prom night.

Another piece of the lyrics might have been something like this:

“… I want to give you the advice my father gave to me…”

The song ends with the line

“…and always remember to put on sun tan lotion.”

I remember the song, it was by a older sounding man, and it was like 5 minutes of him giving advice. It comes on the rock station around here, I’ll see if I cant find out what it is cause its a pretty cool song thingy.

I swear I knew this song before… It was even parodied on a muppets episode once. I could probably find it after searching for a while.
*edit: found it. It’s called “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen”, by Mary Schmich, and Baz Luhrmann.
The lyrics are:
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 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 blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day 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 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 of 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 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’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 with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you 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. Travel.

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.

Don’t 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.

I don’t have the MP3, so I can’t send it… but I’m sure you can easily get it off of kazaa lite or something.

Yes, that’s exactly it.

Thanks a bunch, now I can finally get this song out of my head after 3 years.

I remember that song. For some reason it was a big hit when it first came out, and then it instantly vanished.

That’s a damn good song, I sent you it a few hours ago DS.

You might want to also check out “Not the sunscreen song” …I cant remember the artist, but see if ya can find it anyways :stuck_out_tongue: