“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan
“Forever Young” first appeared on Bob Dylan’s 1974 album Planet Waves in two versions, one fast and one slow. The slow version is the one most often covered.
According to notes Dylan wrote to include with his album Biograph (where a demo version of “Forever Young” was included), he wrote the song for his son Jesse. Click HERE for a link to the lyrics.
If you’re thinking about the Rod Stewart version, know that Stewart wrote a song called “Forever Young” that sounded remarkably similar to Dylan’s. Stewart consulted with Dylan and the two men agreed to share royalties. Artists who have covered Dylan’s song include Joan Baez, Diana Ross, and Johnny Cash. Here is a lovely version by The Tenors: