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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Favorite Song of the Day: Forever Young

Today is Bob Dylan's birthday, and tonight I'll be raising a glass (or two) of beer in his honor. There's no more appropriate song for the occasion than "Forever Young," which according to the liner notes to the Biograph box set (pictured at left) he wrote for one of his sons.

Here's how he describes the origin of the tune, and it's certainly a creative process I can relate to:

"I wrote it thinking about one of my boys an not wanting to be too sentimental. The lines came to me, they were done in a minute. ... I certainly didn't intend to write it — I was going for something else, the song wrote itself ..."

If you want to show your love of Bob in a tangible way, check out his website BobDylan.com, and purchase some music.

Forever Young by Bob Dylan

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 Ram's Horn Music
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