the song

Forever Young was released by Rod Stewart as a single in 1988 and peaked at #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It was written by Rod Stewart with two of his band members: guitarist Jim Cregan and keyboardist Kevin Savigar.

When they realized that the structure of the lyrics in the song was very similar to a Bob Dylan song of the same title, they sent the song to him, out of respect, asking whether he had a problem with it. The two men agreed to share in the ownership of the song and Stewart's royalties.

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)".

The music video shows Stewart singing to a little boy as scenes of rural America pass by.

source: Wikipedia

the Lyrics