1. Boy Wonder

From the recording Boy Wonder

I saw this story around 3am on the news, about a 21 year old guy who had graduated college at 11. For a couple of years, he held the Guinness Book Record for Youngest Person with a College Degree, until a 10-year old came along and broke it. The reporters (and the rest of us) wanted to know how his life had turned out. Kind of a "where are they now?" of the Guinness Book. The real hero is his mom, who won a custody battle after divorcing the Boy Wonder's dad, and put the Boy Wonder back in school with kids his own age.


I was 11 years old when I finished my degree Got my picture in the paper and my story on TV To be so young and so amazing took a genius they were sure I was the center of attention and my future was secure
Chorus: I'm the boy wonder They all know my name I'm the boy wonder but still I feel the same They talk about boy wonder and the promise that it brings But I'm the boy wonder and it doesn't mean a thing So they asked me how I did it was I born a prodigy I tell them anyone can do it if they live a life like me Buried in the books while the others played outside I learned all about scholastics and a father's selfish pride
I was told it was an honor when I made the Guinness book So I opened up a copy I just thought I'd have a look My perusal was revealing I still see it in my sleep Haunted by the volume of the company I keep: The largest ball of twine and the longest fingernails People struck by lightning The fastest moving snails Tallest totem pole and the longest loaf of bread Most objects juggled while turning pirouettes Largest jigsaw puzzle and the biggest piece of cheese My years of study had earned a place with these ...
So I forfeited my childhood living in the public eye And a paragraph in Guinness was my consolation prize Now my choices lay before me with the future open wide So when I graduated college I went back to Junior High
I'm the boy wonder but now I've changed my name Because I've always wondered what it's like to be the same No longer living under the attention that it brings Yeah I was the boy wonder and it didn't mean a thing Doodootdo ...