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Everybody's Free

Listen to the song 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)' by Baz Luhrmann and complete the gaps missing in the lyrics below while listening. It really is quite amazing how something as everyday as listening to song lyrics can improve overall listening comprehension skills. If you're feeling particularly clever you could try and guess the missing words from their context before you listen!




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 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 
You will not understand the power and  of your youth
Until they've faded but  me, in 20 years, you'll look back
At photos of yourself and recall in a  you can't grasp now
How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really 
You are not as  as you imagine

Don't worry about the 
Or know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by  bubble gum
The real troubles in your life are apt to be  that never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m. on some idle 
Do one thing every day that  you


Don't be reckless with other people's 
Don't put up with people who are  with yours

Don't waste your  on jealousy
Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're 
The race is  and in the end, it's only with yourself
Remember compliments you receive,  the insults, if you succeed in doing this, tell me how
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old  statements

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your  .
The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they  to do with their lives
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I  still don't
Get  of calcium
Be kind to your 
You'll miss them when they're 

Maybe you'll , maybe you won't
Maybe you'll have , maybe you won't
Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll  the 'Funky Chicken'
On your 75th  anniversary
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself  much
Or berate  either
Your choices are half , so are everybody else's

Enjoy your body,  it every way you can
Don't be afraid of it or what other people  of it
It's the  instrument you'll ever own
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your own living 
Read the directions  if you don't follow them
Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel 


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

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

Work hard to bridge the  in geography and lifestyle
For as the older you get, the more you need the  you knew when you were young
Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you 
Live in northern California once but leave before it makes you 

Accept  inalienable truths
Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you, too, will get 
And when you do, you'll fantasize that when  were young
were reasonable, politicians were noble
And  respected their elders

Respect your 

Don't expect anyone else to  you
Maybe you have a trust , maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse
But you never know when either one might run 

Don't  too much with your hair
Or by the time you're 40 it will look 

Be careful whose advice you buy but be  with those who supply it
Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the 
From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the  parts
And recycling it for more than it's 

But trust me on the sunscreen





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