"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

Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by zzzzt, Shiartu

"Forever Young" as written by Frank Mertens Bernhard Lloyd

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +13
    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
  • +5
    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
  • +4
    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>"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 really like the idea that this song is about the cold war. But i also like how it makes you wanna treasure your youth.
    Quentonon September 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI first heard this song as part of the Legend soundtrack(back when Tom Cruise still had his marbles), and I fell in love at first listen. What's the name of the female band that gave it that techno cover? I. Detest. That. Version. They butchered my song!!!!

    This is one of the most profound, beautiful songs I've ever heard, and I want it played at my funeral when God calls me home.
    lanakaelon April 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a very depressing song to me. Maybe it's just because I tend to interpret songs in the darkest possible way.

    You can think of it in many ways, literally and figuratively, but here's what I think.

    To me, the more literal interpretation of this song is that a nuclear war has already begun, and everyone knows that it's just a matter of time. A group of teenagers/young people are sitting together in a bomb shelter, reflecting on their fates, lamenting that their lives are being cut short when they still have so many dreams left to achieve. They feel completely helpless, because they know they can't do anything to change what's happened. They're at the mercy of their governments and the bombs. But still, they manage to find a bit of hope and peace in their situation by remembering all the happy times they had in their lives, and reliving them together. And, as they know they will never grow old, they will, in a way, be forever young.

    No wonder this song depresses me.:/
    boscaresqueon August 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlso, it's characteristic of quite a few songs from this era:

    - 99 Luftballons (about someone who lets off 99 red ballons in Berlin and military folk mistake it for an attack and destroy the city

    - 1999 (about partying because of the risk of nuclear war)

    - Wind of Change (Scorpions, another great German band) - about the fall of communism.

    For the record, I was there at the Brandenburg Gate in November 1989 when the Berlin Wall "fell" (it didn't actually fall that year it was demolished the year after but the gate was opened in 1989). This song was played during the celebrations that day and I will never forget it!
    Nachtrafeon May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    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
    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

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