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"Forever Young"
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Planet Waves
A-side Forever Young
Released 1974
Format Vinyl
Genre Rock
Writer(s) Bob Dylan

"Forever Young" is a song by Bob Dylan. The song first appeared (in two different versions) on Dylan's 1974 album Planet Waves.

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Analysis

In the notes for the 2007 album titled DYLAN, Bill Flanagan had the following to say about "Forever Young":

After an eight year break from touring, Dylan's legend was big enough to fit all twelve apostles and still have room for a couple of Buddhas. He agreed to go back on the road in 1974 with The Band, his old backup group who had become stars themselves during the down time. They got together and quickly knocked off an album, Planet Waves, that featured two versions of a blessing from a parent to a child. In the years he was away from stage Dylan had become a father. He had that in common with a good chunk of the audience. The song reflected it. Memorably recited on American TV by Howard Cosell when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight crown for the third time.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart recorded a song titled "Forever Young", which was released as a single and included on his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was remarkably similar to the Bob Dylan song of the same title, sharing not only a similar melody but many of the same lyrics. Upon threat of a plagiarism suit, Stewart acknowledged that he had subconsciously plagiarized the older song, and agreed to share his royalties with Dylan.

2009 Remix

In 2009 a remix of the song, "Forever Young (Continued)" was featured in a Pepsi commercial, with will.i.am rapping a verse.[1]

Cover versions

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English

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"
  • Benny Holst covered the song in Danish under the title "Til Evig TId"

References

  1. ^ WTF: Bob Dylan and Will.I.Am: "Forever Young" (Pepsi ad) - Pitchfork http://pitchfork.com/news/34497-bob-dylan-to-sing-with-william-for-pepsi/

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