Forever Young

Rod Stewart

About Forever Young

"Forever Young" is the second single released by Rod Stewart from his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #12, and #7 on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts. The structure of the lyrics in this song is very similar to a Bob Dylan song of the same title. After its completion, the song was then sent to Dylan, asking whether he had a problem with it. The two men agreed to participate in the ownership of the song and share Stewart's royalties. Stewart wrote the song with two of his band members: guitarist Jim Cregan and keyboardist Kevin Savigar. Stewart told Mojo magazine in 1995 that he considered "Forever Young" to be one of his favourite songs and the reason for writing it was, "I love 'Forever Young', because that was a real heartfelt song about my kids. I suddenly realized I'd missed a good five years of Sean and Kimberly's life because I was so busy touring all the time. With these kids now I don't make that mistake -- I take them on tour with me, so I can watch them grow up. So that's another favourite. Unfortunately, it wasn't a big hit in England, but it's like a national anthem here [America]."Stewart recorded a more mellow version of the song for his 1996 compilation album If We Fall in Love Tonight, and a version featuring just Stewart's voice with piano accompaniment can be found on the 2009 compilation album The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998. A live version was recorded during his MTV Unplugged session in 1993. Though not included on the original release of the live album Unplugged...and Seated, this version was later released as a bonus track on the Collector's Edition of the album released by Rhino Records in 2009. Another live version of the song from his 2013 performance at The Troubadour, West Hollywood was included on the deluxe edition of the album Time. 


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May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam.
And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you're far from home.
And my you grow to be proud, dignified and true.
And do unto others as you'd have done to you.
Be courageous and be brave.
And in my heart you'll always stay

Forever young.  (Forever young)
Forever young.  (Forever young)

May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong,
Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond.
And may you never love in vain.
And in my heart you will remain

Forever young.  (Forever young)
Forever young.  (Forever young)
Forever young.  Forever young

And when you fin'lly fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well.
For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.
But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you win or lose,

Forever young.  (Forever young)
Forever young.  (Forever young)
Forever young.  Forever young
For forever young

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Rod Stewart

Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British singer-songwriter, born and raised in North London, England, and currently residing in Epping. He is of Scottish and English ancestry. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album). His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces influenced heavy metal genres. more »

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Written by: Bob Dylan, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Rod Stewart

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Iricom US Ltd, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Release Information
"Forever Young" was released as a single by British musician Rod Stewart in 1988. The song was featured on his album "Out of Order."
Song Inspiration
The song was inspired by Bob Dylan’s song of the same name. Lyrics and sentiments of both songs have a striking resemblance.
Song Production
The song was produced by Rod Stewart, Andy Taylor and Bernard Edwards, famous for their works in the music industry as producers.
Song Theme
"Forever Young" carries a strong theme of parenthood with Rod Stewart expressing his wishes and dreams for his children.
Music Video
The music video features Rod Stewart and his then three-year-old son, Sean, which further reinforces the song's theme of parental love.
Legal Matters
Due to the similarities between the Bob Dylan song and this one, Dylan and Stewart agreed to share the song's royalties, hence Dylan is given co-writing credits for the Stewart version.
Chart Performance
Despite being a very popular song, "Forever Young" peaked at number 12 on Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.
Album Success
The album "Out of Order", which features the song, was a commercial success, peaking at number 20 on the US Billboard 200.
Cultural Impact
Over the years, "Forever Young" has become a classic, covered by many artists worldwide, and has been used in numerous movie soundtracks.
Awards and Recognition
Although not a chart-topper, the song was recognized for its impact and Rod Stewart performed it at the 1996 MTV Music Awards.

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