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Music Mondays: Bob Dylan + Forever Young = Heartfelt Disneyland 60th Ad

If you have seen the Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration commercial, then you may have recognized the song playing in the background. "Forever Young" was written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1973. Since then, it has been covered by many artists including Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Patti LaBelle. There is a list of movies, television shows and some other brands that have also used this song. 

This particular Disneyland commercial began to air last May in anticipation of Disneyland's Diamond Celebration. This song version is reminiscent of the 1994 cover that was done by The Pretenders. This current ad features the singer, Christina Perri. The song lends itself to be a fitting anthem to 60 years of magic. 

Originally published by Disneyland Resort (May 2015). 

It's well known that Bob Dylan penned this song for his young son. It's been called a "blessing from a parent to a child" with the following lyrics:

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 a ladder to the stars 
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

It drives me a little crazy to think there are probably several generations who will now associate the song, Forever Young, as "the song from the Disneyland commercial" and not even care who wrote it or why. I get it,  that happens to many songs as it grows old. It's not a bad thing to have a song associated with Disneyland, right? It is kind of fascinating that in its vast Disney music library, the song used to tell the Disneyland story in a major ad was one written by American music legend and 2012 President's Medal of Freedom recipient, Bob Dylan. His songs are like poems. 

Many visit Disneyland to feed their "forever young" souls. It is a magical place that brings back memories and create new ones, too. Generations visit Disneyland together to share moments and create new ones.

Disneyland, may you stay forever young!