Bob Dylan Song Becomes Children’s Book

Apr 16th, 2008 // 7 Comments

AP050120029884.jpg“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.”

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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.”

Dylan takes Forever Young to the kids [Guardian]
Bob Dylan: Ballad Of A Thin Man [bobdylan.com]

  1. Darth Funk

    The “Last Waltz” version with Dylan and The Band trumps all others.

  2. GhostOfDuane

    ‘Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat’ would surely make a great children’s book too (though maybe not this verse):

    “Well, I see you got a new boyfriend
    You know, I never seen him before
    Well, I saw him
    Makin’ love to you
    You forgot to close the garage door
    You might think he loves you for your money
    But I know what he really loves you for
    It’s your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat”

  3. Nicolars

    I’m still a little frightened of the red-haired kid in the video.

  4. ObtuseIntolerant

    Haha!…my mother loves the Dylan song and wants to embroider endless pillows with it.

    But it also ALWAYS imagine the Rod Stewart version. So, hehee, thanks.

  5. SuperUnison

    “Hard Rain” ftw. Fuck you lil’ kid, ain’t gonna be no earth left for you to inherit!

  6. Anonymous

    Man, it’s easy to forget that Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” is awesome. But it’s awesome.

  7. Charles A. Hohman

    @solanine: Hell, it’s easy to forget Rod Stewart used to be awesome. But he used to be.

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