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Forever Young


Rod Stewart

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Stewart wrote this song with his guitarist Jim Cregan and his keyboard player Kevin Savigar. Rod considers it one of the songs he's most proud of, telling Mojo magazine in 1995: "I love 'Forever Young', because that was a real heartfelt song about my kids. I suddenly realised I'd missed a good five years of Sean and Kimberley'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 favourite. Unfortunately, it wasn't a big hit in England, but it's like a national anthem here (America)." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages.)
Stewart recorded a new version for his 1996 compilation If We Fall in Love Tonight.
Andy Taylor of Duran Duran produced the album with Stewart and performed the guitar solo on this song.
The song returned to the UK singles chart in 2013 after it was featured in the Tesco 2013 Christmas advertising campaign. This time it peaked at #55, improving by two places its previous chart placing of #57.
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Comments (5):

I was in the VA hospital for over one week because my dilantin level to control seizures was to high. While I was in the emergency room I was wondering constantly if I was going to live or die. I was thinking about that for a long time and when I stopped thinking about what may happen the next song on the radio was "Forever Young." Now since my brother was killed in 1991 I always had that song in memory of him because he was only 29 yrs old. I always had that song in memory of him and out of thinking for over an hour of what may or may not happen and out of all the millions of songs in this world today any song could have played on the radio but the song that played right after I was done thinking was "Forever Young" almost as if he was sending me a message - any song could have played but the only one that did was "Forever Young."
- Jeff, Altoona, PA
I had the good fortune to see Rod Stewart in concert about 16 years ago. It was one of the best shows I have ever been to. He sang, and sang, and when his band took a break he kept on singing all by himself. What a true artist he is.....and this song is one of my favorites of his.
- Laura, El Paso, TX
I never listened to Rod Stewart too much until my kids downloaded for their i pods. Somehow it ended up on the i-pod they purchased for me. When I listened to the lyrics, it kicked me in the gut and made me think of the role we need to play in our childrens lives. Sadly my son, Jesse passed away during a college wrestling match on September 18, 2010.This songs will forver be Jesse's song. He led a beautiful life and passed on doing something he definetley loved doing. God Bless
- Jesse, Covina, CA
This song brings back good memories of my son who is now 24. When he was a cub scout (about age 10) the troop was moving on to the next step, and one of the mothers had a party for all the kids, and played this song. The message was that (she wished) all the boys could stay "Forever Young." Good memories !
- Paul, Albany, NY
Truly a wonderful, heartfelt, inspirationsal song. So the story goes, when Rod wrote this, he had been influenced by Bob Dylan's song of the same name and theme. He had not ocnsciously copied Dylan's song, but once it was pointed out to him, he could see the obvious. The two reached a settlement without all the lawsuit drama.
- Guy, Woodinville, WA
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