Do you remember the Baz Luhrmann song “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)?”
It came out around the same time as the Clare Danes/ Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo + Juliet.
I got the song off Napster in college. I’ve kept it in my mp3s out of nostalgia, and moved it from computer to computer over the years.
Anyway, this song came up on my iTunes today. I almost skipped it, because songs with long speaking parts make it hard to concentrate. (I also have this problem with musicals, because I must resist the urge to break into song at work.)
But I thought, it’s been awhile. I’m going to listen to this song and get all uplifted and remember the important things in life. Yeah!
Then it started.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 97.”
Wow, that was 12 years ago, I thought.
Oh my god. That was 12 years ago.
I was in high school 12 years ago.
Logically, I know I graduated in the class of 2000. But 2000 sounds so much more modern than anything in the 1900s. 1997. Good grief.
As an aside, I wonder what I did with that gigantic poster of Leonardo DiCaprio. I’ve got to see if I can find it and sneak it onto Jon’s bathroom wall right before his family comes to visit in May. If anything, it will make for interesting dinner conversation.
Just for fun, read the lyrics here.
Image credit: Romeo