Witty Songs

ŠTed Schaar 2011

18.  "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades." 

Written by husband and wife duo Barbara K. and Pat MacDonald when they were working in Madison, Wisconsin, and released by their group Timbuk3 in 1986, this New Wave-sounding tune was a Top 20 single and later was featured on numerous CDs and soundtracks.57  

The song can be taken at face value as a celebration of the value of majoring in "nuclear science" or, in general, of pursuing a college degree or as it was probably intended, a wry commentary on the dangers of life in the age of nuclear weapons.58   Sadly, the creators of this very cool tune were later divorced.   (Visit YouTube [Timbuk3] for the song).

Lyrics

I study nuclear science, I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher who wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they're only getting better
I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades, gotta wear shades

I gotta job waiting for my graduation
Fifty thou a year will buy a lotta beer
Things are going great, and they're only getting better
I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright I gotta wear shades, gotta wear shades

I'm heavenly blessed and worldly wise
I'm a peeping-tom techy with x-ray eyes
Things are going great, and they're only getting better

I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades, gotta wear shades

Yeah, I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright I gotta wear shades, gotta wear shades

I study nuclear science, I love my classes
I got a crazy teacher who wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they're only getting better

I'm doing all right, getting good grades
The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades
I gotta wear shades
gotta wear shades
gotta wear shades


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