"Forever Young" as written by and Frank Martens Marian Gold....
Let's dance in style, let's dance for a while,
Heaven can wait we're only watching the skies.
Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst,
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don't have the power, but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music's for the sad man.

Can you imagine when this race is won?
Turn our golden the faces into the sun,
Praising our leaders, we're getting in tune
The music's played by the, the madman.

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever, and ever

Forever young,
I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever young.

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
Why don't they stay young?

It's so hard to get old without a cause
I don't want to perish like a fading horse
Youth's like diamonds in the sun,
And diamonds are forever

So many adventures given up today,
So many songs we forgot to play.
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
Oh let it come true.

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever,
Forever, and ever?

Forever young,
I want to be forever young.
Do you really want to live forever,
Forever, and ever?

Forever young
I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever,
Forever young


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"Forever Young" as written by Rod/savigar Stewart

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  • +8
    General CommentWell I'm from Germany, from the west part of Berlin and this song really REALLY resonates with me. I was born in 1970 during the height of the Cold War and I grew up with the spectre of nuclear war always overhead. While a lot of the younger generation who didn't live through the Cold War see this as more of a graduation song, for me it's really about living life to the fullest because during those days when i was 12, 15, 18, we knew that if the US and USSR ever went to war our country would be the first to get bombed. That's what this song is about, about the fragility of life under the shadow of two superpowers. Also it should say "if this race is won" because "turn our golden faces to the sun" is an allusion to a nuclear explosion which for a split second can rival the heat of the sun.

    Essentially it is saying, we don't want to live under this shadow for our whole lives...better we be bombed so that our youth remains forever, like diamonds, than to be put down like an old racehorse.
    Nachtrafeon May 02, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song was released during the cold war, and the lyrics, I'm sure, had stronger meaning then than they do now.

    It is not only a song about the dreams of youth, but also of cold-war politics and the overshadowing fear of a nuclear war.

    There are several key terms that allude to this concept.

    "Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Are you gonna drop the bomb or not."

    "can you imagine when this race is won" is in reference to the nuclear arms race.

    "praising our leaders we're getting in tune
    the music's played by the madmen" While praising our leaders, we're "getting in tune" to their music, even though the music is played by a madman.

    Sure, it's about wanting to live forever. But it's also about trying to make the best of life amid the fear and paranoia of possible nuclear extintion.
    MrMaroukaon September 29, 2004   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningMany people say how this song reminds them of a happy moment, when in fact this song is about the struggles of youth during the Cold War. I did not live during the cold war so i have little insight on how it was, but I am a major history geek so I know quite alot.

    "hoping for the best but expecting the worst
    are you going to drop the bomb or not?"

    Talking about the nuclear missile race between US and USSR

    "can you imagine when this race is won"

    Also talking about the nuclear race.

    "some are like water, some are like the heat
    some are a melody and some are the beat
    sooner or later they all will be gone
    why don't they stay young"

    That whole verse is interesting. It seems like it's talking about that US and the Soviets should "get over" their differences.

    "so many adventures couldn't happen today
    so many songs we forgot to play
    so many dreams are swinging out of the blue
    we let them come true"

    Kind of talking about the "bucket list" philosophy. It talks about that people should live in the "now" and go out and make their dreams come true, as if it was their last day, which it might as well have been back during the Cold War.
    duerko2on March 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment..yes i just wanna be forever young, i wanna live forever. it is an easy way to love you forever. what a song..
    DyolFon August 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment>"this song stickes a knife in hearts of people who are above 30 years old"

    That's only too true. One of the sweetest songs from back in the day... it reminds me of a friend back then. Her little brother had died at 16 in a car accident. She would listen to this song over and over. Even now my vision blurs to think of it.
    genetruon March 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard this song, after decades, watching the OC. I loved that show, and the song in it too. I understand too, why old schools (like me) did not understand why young people associated that soung with young marissa and ryan. That song, originally, was much deeper. It was about life as a whole. It was writen during the cold war, and was about how short our lives are, here in planet Earth, and how importan it was to live it as if we were FOREVER YOUNG. Its meaning is much more profound, but I loved to listen to it, after son many years in the OC, regardless of its misunderstanding.
    dasamion October 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh man.. this song really deep...

    i had mixed interpretation about this lyric.. but all are very very sad..

    first: the first paragraph seems to just enjoy every moment of life.. may be in a war situation, why waiting for the bomb, let's just dance..

    second: it's an issue for all beings in the world.. nothing truly last forever.. nothing truly permanence..
    (i recalled Buddha's teaching though.. birth, old age, sick, death..)
    for some may grasping youth by plastic surgery.. but i think most, grasp the memory of youth..
    oh it's so sad.. =~(

    all our comments in this website.. in the next 30-40 years.. may be read by someone else.. but where do i'll be..
    i don't want to perish like a fading horse..
    aquaphxon January 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThis song reminds me of my sister's dad who committed suicide in 2005. I miss him a lot and always almost cry when I hear it...
    SWEMikeon December 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't want to live forever,and I don't think Rod Stewart wrote this although he did write and sing a song called "Forever Young".
    emuInAmuumuuon May 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so cute i love the beat.. n yes i want to live forever.. n ever!
    lil_cutie69on June 22, 2002   Link

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