Forever Young (Rod Stewart song)

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"Forever Young"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Out of Order
Released1988
GenreRock
Length4:06
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Writer(s)Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart
Producer(s)Rod Stewart, Andy Taylor
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Lost in You"
(1988)
"Forever Young"
(1988)
"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
(1988)
 
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"Forever Young"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Out of Order
Released1988
GenreRock
Length4:06
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Writer(s)Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart
Producer(s)Rod Stewart, Andy Taylor
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Lost in You"
(1988)
"Forever Young"
(1988)
"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
(1988)

"Forever Young" is the second single released by Rod Stewart from his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #12.

The structure of the lyrics in this song is very similar to a Bob Dylan song of the same title.[1] When this was realized, the song was then sent to Dylan, out of respect, asking whether he had a problem with it. The two men agreed to participate in the ownership of the song and share Stewart's royalties.[2]

Stewart wrote the song with two of his band members: guitarist Jim Cregan and keyboardist Kevin Savigar. Stewart told Mojo magazine in 1995 that he considered "Forever Young" to be one of his favorite songs and the reason for writing it was, "I love 'Forever Young', because that was a real heartfelt song about my kids. I suddenly realized I'd missed a good five years of Sean and Kimberly's life because I was so busy touring all the time. With these kids now I don't make that mistake- I take them on tour with me, so I can watch them grow up. So that's another favorite. Unfortunately, it wasn't a big hit in England, but it's like a national anthem here (America)".[3]

Stewart recorded a more mellow version of the song for his 1996 compilation album If We Fall in Love Tonight, and a version featuring just Stewart's voice with piano accompaniment can be found on the 2009 compilation album The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998.

Video[edit]

The video for this song features Stewart singing to a child while scenes of rural America pass by.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in a Pampers commercial that showcased baby animals with their mothers.[4]

NBC Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XXIII closed with a montage set to the song.

Stephen Collins (as Walter Bernard, Sr.) and Josh Groban (as Walter Bernard, Jr) perform "Forever Young" as a father-son duet in the episode "Garden Party"[5] of the eighth season of the American TV series The Office.

Matthew Morrison covered "Forever Young" in the season 3 finale of Glee, entitled "Goodbye".[6]

The song is featured in the "Tesco" 2013 Christmas advertising campaign.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988)Peak
Position
Canadian Singles Chart[7]9
New Zealand Singles Chart46
UK Singles Chart57
U.S. Billboard Hot 10012
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (26 June 1988). "Rod Stewart Sounds an Echo of Dylan". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Caro. "The song remains the same? Copycats tricky to tag in a recycled culture". Chicago Tribune. Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Songfacts. Songfacts. Web. 02 Apr. 2012.
  4. ^ Nelson, Emily. "P&G Seeks New Way to Sell Pampers To Parents in Penny-Pinching Times". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 November 2013. "Pampers' TV ad, [...] shows bear cubs, baby elephants and penguins snuggling with their mothers to [...] "Forever Young."" 
  5. ^ "The Office - "Garden Party" - Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Glee - "Goodbye" - Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.8692&type=1&interval=20

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