Forever Young

Album: Forever Young (1984)
Charted: 65

Songfacts®:

  • On the surface, this is a hopeful song celebrating the virtues of youth, but a closer listen reveals a fear of aging and death. The song was written during the Cold War, where the singer is "hoping for the best, but expecting the worst; are you gonna drop the bomb or not?"
  • Alphaville was a German synthpop/rock music group. The song was not a big hit when it was released, but has become well known as a result of its use in movies and TV shows. Among its uses are these TV shows:

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (episode 103: "Underage Drinking: A National Concern")
    Queer As Folk (season 1, episode 18)
    One Tree Hill (season 4, episode 16).

    And these movies:
    Listen To Me
    Napoleon Dynamite (in the school dance scene).

    It was also used in commercials for Saturn ION automobiles. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ben - Philadelphia, PA
  • This was written by Alphaville members Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens.
  • A year after this was released, Laura Branigan covered it for her album Hold Me and began performing it as an encore at her concerts. The Canadian dance group Temperance recorded the song in 1996.
  • In 2005 the Australian band Youth Group recorded this for an episode of the TV show The O.C.. Their release was a hit in Australia. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR, for above 2

Comments: 9

  • Dki from WaNina was the same then. They felt trapped between the powers that humbled them, scared of more and more war.
    Their music is so much happier now. Time heals, especially peaceful times.
  • Isabella from SchoolThis is a very sad but beuitiful song
  • Mary D from Manteca, Ca, UsaI don't think they're singing, It's so hard to get old without a cause but actually saying Course. It's hard to hear the "r". It makes more sense and rhymes with horse.
  • Shandroise De Laeken from Davao City, PhilippinesI really love this song. A pity its cover versions were more recognized than this. I hate the young people misinterpreting this song. I feel bad that one group stated below even changed the lyrics so their song is about dancing and partying. Awful. It is as if the world is just about parties and dancing.
  • Sjur from Orkanger, NorwayThe Swedish skate punk band Stoned covered this for their 1997 EP "Shopping Around" (Ampersand Records). Gives it a nice hint of punk, one of my favourite covers of all time.
  • Victor from Barcelona, SpainGerman band Dune covered this along with a London symphonic orchestra on their 1996 album "Forever".
  • Hannah from Gustavus, OhActually, this was never covered on any of the Punk Goes albums. So They Say covered the Rod Stewart song of the same title. However, electropop group Cash Cash covered this in 2010 with a more upbeat rhythm and more modern lyrics (about dancing and partying rather than Cold War fears), releasing it as a separate single.
  • Ray from Crawley W.sussex, EnglandThis video was filmed at Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia water, surrey great song!
  • Raymond from Sydney , AustraliaForever young is a wish that could come true Isaiah 65;20: the child shall die a hundred years of age. But really truth in relationships is what we need and if your looking for the fountain of youth find me.
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