13 October 2016

Bob Dylan - Forever Young


I'm a "boomer," and Bob Dylan is one of the musicians who define my generation. "Forever Young" was written as a lullaby for his eldest son and released in the mid-70s; it appeals to an older crowd than those who were attracted to him earlier for his "protest"-themed songs.

There are lots of choices of venues for hearing the song. I've embedded the one from The Band's performance in The Last Waltz.

And if you don't care for the music, at least accept these lyrics as my wishes to you.

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.

Originally posted in February of '08.  Reposted now in response to today's announcement that Bob Dylan will receive the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature - in recognition of his skills as a lyricist rather than as a singer or musician.

Reddit Books discussion thread re the appropriateness (or not) of this award.

Addendum:

Dylan has sculpted iron pieces for family and friends for the past 30 years, but it wasn’t until 2013 – at London’s Halcyon Gallery in an exhibition called Mood Swings – that his metal artwork was first viewed publicly. His works feature found objects, vintage scrap metal and industrial artifacts collected from junkyards. Dylan collects everything from farm equipment, children’s toys, kitchen utensils and antique fire arms to chains, cogs, axes and wheels. He then welds these curiosities into thoughtfully juxtaposed masterpieces. Commissioned by MGM National Harbor to envision an open entrance, Dylan hand-selected unique objects and will weld a stunning composition into a soaring archway.
Text and image from MGM National Harbor, via Minnesota Brown, the definitive blog about northern Minnesota's legendary Mesabi Iron Range.

9 comments:

  1. I think Rod Sterward set the standard for how the song should sound...

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  2. Rod Stewart's version has somewhat different lyrics. Per Wikipedia: "Upon threat of a plagiarism suit, Stewart acknowledged that he had unconsciously plagiarized the older song, and he agreed to share his royalties with Dylan."

    Here's the YouTube of Stewart's song (paired with Some Guys Have All The Luck).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va01iUb8cTY

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  3. Thanks, Stan. It is a pleasant thought to end the day with.

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  4. I too like Rod's version.. but then, that's the first one I heard.

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  6. My all time favorite version of "Forever Young" is by Joan Baez. And I loved her album of Dylan songs - "Any Day Now" from 1968.

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  7. I've been looking for lullabies to sing to my baby boy. Maybe I'll try this one. Thanks as always for the blog!

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