Forever Young

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About Forever Young

"Forever Young" is a song by Bob Dylan, recorded in California in November 1973. The song first appeared (in two different versions, one slow and one fast) on Dylan's fourteenth studio album Planet Waves (1974). A demo version of the song, recorded in New York City in June 1973, was included on Dylan's 1985 compilation Biograph. In the notes included with that album, Dylan is quoted as saying that he wrote "Forever Young" in Tucson, Arizona, "thinking about" one of his sons and "not wanting to be too sentimental. " A live version of the song, recorded in Tokyo on 28 February 1978 and included on Dylan's album Bob Dylan at Budokan, was released as a European single in 1979. 


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May God's bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
May you stay forever young

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan ( /ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving his initial base in the culture of folk music behind, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" has been described as radically altering the parameters of popular music in … more »

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10 facts about this song

"Forever Young" was written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The song first appeared on his 1974 album "Planet Waves".
The song is an affectionate blessing from Dylan to his eldest son Jesse, expressing his hopes for his son's wellbeing and happiness. It resonates with parents, making it a popular choice for graduations, weddings, and other significant life events.
According to reports, Dylan wrote "Forever Young" around the time his son Jesse was born, which inspired its sentimental lyrics.
Album Success
Dylan's album "Planet Waves" was his first number-one album in the United States, giving a commercial performance boost to "Forever Young".
Two Versions
There are two versions of "Forever Young" on the "Planet Waves" album. They carry the same theme but are arranged differently and performed with a different feel.
Cultural Impact
"Forever Young" has had significant cultural impact. Many artists, including Diana Ross, Norah Jones, The Pretenders, and Joan Baez, have covered the song. It also inspired the creation of a children’s picture book.
TV Show Use
The song was used as the theme song for the television show "Parenthood" (2010-2015), further solidifying its association with familial love and aspirations.
Music Video
In 2013, an official music video was created for the song, featuring a montage of historical footage coupled with the song's performance, further enhancing the life-affirming and nostalgic nature of the song.
Lyrics Inclusion in Tour
In recent years Dylan included lyrics from “Forever Young” in his Nobel Prize for Literature lecture, mentioning it as one of his own songs that he felt might have made some kind of notable societal contribution.
Notable Performances
It was performed as a duet by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen during the third concert of Amnesty International's 1988 Human Rights Now! Tour.

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