Bob Dylan recorded “Forever Young” for his 1974 album Planet Waves. Myself and my wife play it alot for daughter, after all its the perfect kids song, a pean to youth.
Dylan wrote it about his then four year old son Jakob (now frontman for the Wallflowers) and innumerable musicians have covered it since including; Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, The Pretenders, Eddie Vedder and Norah Jones.
So to the point of this post…
The lyrics to the song make for a good childrens book and so it was to be. In 2008, Dylan along with illlustrator Paul Rogers published a children’s book called, ‘Forever Young’. The lyrics are the only text with the illustrations providing the real narrative – the story of a kid growing up during the folk scene of the 1960s in Greenwich Village.
Buy it, read it to your child, have your child read it, sing it to you.
Via Open Culture
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