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Bob Dylan 1941-

Forever Young

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true.
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.

May you build your ladder to the stars,
And climb up every rung
And may you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true.
May you always know the truth
And feel the light surround you.

May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
And may you stay forever young.

 

Commentary

The power in this song comes in its simplicity and sparsity. No overblown lyrics, just a marvellous creed on how to lead your life in just 16 lines.

I am not a great fan of the musical aspect of Bob Dylan's career but I do admire him as a poet and will be adding other pieces at a later date.

This has special meaning for me. I had always loved this song and when my son asked me to put together a couple of readings for his wedding I turned to this one and promptly got it turned down by the vicar of the church in East Sussex where the wedding was taken place.

Apparently it wasn't theologically safe whatever that means. So I read it at the wedding reception instead. It's a superbly beautiful song about hope, love, strength of character and the two lines "may you grow up to the righteous, May you grow up to be true" say it all. It talks about righteousness, strength, courage.