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Music’s Greatest Lessons About Growing Up and How to Live Your Life

It’s graduation week, and we guess that means at least some of you are preparing to leave college behind for good. If you’ll allow us to get a little misty-eyed for a minute, we remember when we were in the same position, and it’s both exhilarating and frightening — suddenly the future is a big empty space, just waiting to be filled in. Happily, as ever, there’s at least some solace to be found in music, and there’ve been plenty of great songs written over the years about life and how to live it. So here’s a playlist of some of our favorite tracks with something to say on what life’s all about, and how you go about negotiating your way through it. Let us know if there are any lessons you’d like to share, too.

Butthole Surfers — “Sweet Loaf”

Key lyric: “It’s better to regret something you have done/ Than to regret something you haven’t done”

Life lessons from Gibby Haynes? Curiously enough, yes. This succinct couplet sums up an entire philosophy about life, and so long as whatever you’re doing isn’t hurting anyone else, this isn’t a bad axiom to live by. At all. (Of course, being the Butthole Surfers, it’s followed with the lines “And by the way, if you see your mom this weekend/ Be sure to tell her, ‘Satan, Satan, Satan!'” But the sentiment stands.)