“Forever Young,” Bob Dylan’s 25-year-old ode to his offspring, will be turned into a children’s book by illustrator Paul Rogers this fall. It’s a rather sappy and obvious choice, though I’m curious what image is going to go with “May you have a strong foundation, when the winds of changes shift.” While anything good enough for Jakob Dylan is good enough for anyone else’s kid, I’d be much more interested in Reading Rainbow getting their hands on a pictoral representation of “Ballad Of A Thin Man.”
Now you see this one-eyed midget
Shouting the word “NOW”
And you say, “For what reason?”
And he says, “How?”
And you say, “What does this mean?”
And he screams back, “You’re a cow!”
“Give me some milk or else go home!”
Guaranteed to blow young minds.
Apropos of little, here’s Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young,” which I always hear when I try to think of Dylan’s number, thanks to a childhood exposure to old-school VH1.
Personally, a children’s book based on this ditty would hold more sentimental value. Hell, I’d be happy showing my future spawn still photos of this rooster-haired man yelling at some red-headed stepchild in the back of a pick-up. “This is what America was like when I was a kid.”