Bob Dylan, Forever Young an enduring song

A friend sent this to me from the David Letterman Show.

(Updated June 2012) Written during Bob Dylan’s bucolic period as family man and Woodstock New York semi-recluse, ‘Forever Young’ has become one of Bob Dylan’s most enduring songs.

It was released on the album ‘Planet Waves’ and became a staple of Dylan’s concerts in the 1970s and later. “Planet Waves” is often ignored; however, it has several rarely heard gems such as ‘Hazel’, ‘Young Angel You’ and “On a Night Like This.”

The song is a lullaby of father to son with the simple message of love, grow up straight and true but remain young at heart. ‘Forever Young’ also reflects strong spiritual values that were awakening in Dylan.

One of my favorite versions is with The Band at the end of ‘The Last Waltz’. The fan posting has Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s hip poem as an intro. ‘The Last Waltz’ is one of the greatest rock concert videos and features some of the best artists of the 1960s.


May God 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 forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you 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 forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you 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
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young
Copyright © 1973 by Ram’s Horn Music; renewed 2001 by Ram’s Horn Music

Cover Versions

The song strikes an emotional chord and has been covered extensively.


Other languages

  • Morten Harket covered the song in Norwegian under the translated title “Evig Ung”
  • André Heller & Wolfgang Ambros covered the song in Austrian German under the translated title “Für immer jung”
  • The German band BAP covered the song in Kölsch, a German dialect spoken in Cologne.
  • Benny Holst covered the song in Danish under the title “Til Evig TId”
  • The song was translated into Hebrew by Yair Lapid and performed by Rami Kleinstein under the title “Tza’ir Lanetzach” (צעיר לנצח)

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network

List from Wikipedia

DVD CD Vinyl MP3
DVD CD Vinyl MP3
Forever Young      
The vinyl is one of those "don't you wish you had bought it years ago" records.

1 Comment

  1. your whole story is interesting, but dylan dcomment_IDn’t write it in woodstock, he wrote it for his son Jacob after his wife sara threw his ass out of the house in malibu, when she came down for breakfast and the kcomment_IDs were all sitting around the table with bob and his mistress. after being thrown out bob knocked down the house they were building and had already spent $7,000,000. he proceded to build the house that sits there’s on blue something road and has empty lots next to it the bob has managed to turn into a storage are for old buses and trucks.

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