Bob Dylan: Forever Young Meaning
Forever Young Lyrics
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Besides being a wish that every parent has for his children, this song is a reference to Bob's strictly Jewish upbringing.
Every Friday evening as the Sabbath has started a father would say to his children, " May God Bless and keep you always"
May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on everyone Refers to I believe Issac's effort to build a ladder to Heaven.
May you always do to others then let others do for you Is from the words the Spirit of God gave to Moses on Mount Arafat after the Hebrews left Egypt. Also, Jesus said " Do unto others as you would have them do to you, Love your neighbors as you love yourself, and before His Ascension told His disciples Love one another as I have love you" This is considered the 2nd greatest commandment!
Lastly, Jesus said, accept the gifts I have given you and my words and deeds as a young child would, mainly without any doubt, but with complete innocence!
There are thousands of Biblical references in Dylan's lyrics from his 1st album to his most recent ones'
anonymous Mar 12th, 3:54pm report
I have been teaching for 42 years. I've raised 2 biological sons and fostered the growth of countless others. In studying how to reach an adolescent who pretends not to want to learn, I think back to children of all ages. The common denominator of all young children is the rate and magnitude of their learning. From my place on life's mountain, I believe that nature has inherently placed desire and need for learning into our very DNA. Why? It is necessary for survival and growth. A child will take risks over a safe domain to learn. Fear takes a back seat as a child tries to walk, falls and rises up to try again and again, not being daunted by the pain of the fall. That is my meaning to "may you always be Forever Young" . Growth is the process of breaking out of a safe seed coat; reaching, pushing out into one's environment, establishing roots, breaking into the light and air, taking nourishment from both your roots and your skyward reaching emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual self. Our DNA is programmed to extract the good and identify bad in our quest to grow and produce fruit for our present and seed our future. Life is hard, it is hurtful and it is often unfair. We set a compass heading and obstacles forever spring up like weeds in our garden of life. It it then that we must draw on the strengths, the knowledge and the will within to get up every time we fall. To get up anew with each new day, stretch out the pain and stand again. Stand and ready ourselves for each day's battles and to commit the length of our days to fighting whatever injustice would rob our life from reaching our full potential, both of ourselves and our world.
some say this song was written when bob and sara finalized their divorce. dylan knew he wouldn't see his children as often as he wanted. so he gave them this wish for their future. some say it was written for jakob alone but i'm not sure.basically he wrote this for every father in the world and the vision he hopes for his child in the future. don't expect anything special. i'll help you all i can , but you have to put effort into your future . a true masterpiece. "may your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung. and may you stay forever young. meaning accept knowledge like a youngster. 100%
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