|Song by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Planet Waves|
|Released||January 17, 1974|
|Recorded||November 1973, California|
|Single by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Bob Dylan at Budokan|
|B-side||"All Along the Watchtower" and "I Want You"|
|Released||June 22, 1979|
"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.
Written as a lullaby for his eldest son Jesse, born in 1966, Dylan's song relates a father's hopes that his child will remain strong and happy. It opens with the lines, 'May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true', echoing the Old Testament's Book of Numbers, which has lines that begin: 'May the Lord bless you and guard you / May the Lord make His face shed light upon you.' Not wishing to sound 'too sentimental', Dylan included two versions of the song on the album Planet Waves, one a lullaby and the other more rock-oriented.
In notes on "Forever Young" written for the 2007 album Dylan , Bill Flanagan writes that Dylan and the Band '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 television by Howard Cosell when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight crown for the third time'.
According to his website, Dylan performed the song live 493 times between its live debut in 1974 and its last outing in 2011.This includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH in 1995. Dylan also performed the song live on the Late Show with David Letterman in 1993.
Rod Stewart recorded a song titled "Forever Young" that was released as a single and included on his 1988 album Out of Order . 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. Stewart agreed to share his royalties with Dylan.His version charted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while it made #57 in the UK Singles Chart on its release in 1988, and #55 on re-release in 2013.
|Single by Louisa Johnson|
|Released||December 13, 2015|
|Louisa Johnson singles chronology|
In December 2015, Louisa Johnson, the winner of the twelfth series of The X Factor , released a cover version of "Forever Young" as her winner's single. It was released on December 13, 2015, immediately after Johnson won.Johnson performed the song live on The X Factor final. She also performed it on Text Santa . Johnson's version entered the UK Singles Chart on December 18 at number nine, and was the first X Factor winner single not to reach number one. The song has sold 99,648 copies in the UK as of June 2016.
|2.||"God Only Knows"|
|3.||"Let It Go"|
|4.||"Forever Young" (Instrumental)|
|UK Singles (OCC)||9|
|United Kingdom||December 13, 2015|
"Forever Young" has been covered by dozens of other artists.In addition to those mentioned above, other notable versions include those by: Laura Branigan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Joan Baez, Will.i.am, Kitty Wells, Jerry Garcia Band, Peter, Paul and Mary, Harry Belafonte, The Pretenders, Johnny Cash, Julie Felix, The Band, Meat Loaf, Rhiannon Giddens with Iron & Wine, Blake Shelton, Nana Mouskouri and Mark Knopfler.
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