Commentary on “Forever Young” By Jay Z
This article is written as a comment to the popular song sang by the popular American Rapper – Jay Z, titled “forever young”. Many people have good desires but wrong pursuit. Good intentions but wrong approach. This post is not written with the intention of condemning anyone. Rather, I want to use this medium to provide advice to the singer and many others. Below is the full lyrics of the song as copied from metrolyrics.com
Let’s dance in style
Let’s dance for a while
Heaven can wait we’re only watching the skies
Hoping for the best but expecting the worst
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?
Let us die young or let us live forever
We don’t have the power but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit
Life is a short trip
The music’s for the sad man
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever and ever
Forever young I wanna be
Do you really want to live forever?
So we live a life like a video
When the sun is always out and you never get old
And the champagne’s always cold
And the music is always good
And the pretty girls just happen to stop by in the hood
And they hop their pretty ass up on the hood of dat pretty ass car
Without a wrinkle in today
Cause there is no tomorrow
Just some picture perfect day
To last a whole lifetime
And it never ends
Cause all we have to do is hit rewind
So let’s just stay in the moment, smoke some weed
Drink some wine
Reminisce talk some shit forever young is in your mind
Leave a mark that can’t erase neither space nor time
So when the director yells cut
I’ll be fine
I’m forever young…
Fear not when, fear not why
Fear not much while were alive
Life is for living not living up tight
See ya somewhere up in the sky
Fear not die, I’ll be alive for a million years, bye bye
So not for legends, I’m forever young
My name shall survive
Through the darkest blocks, over kitchen stoves
Over Pyrex pots, my name shall be passed down to generations while debating up in barber shops
Young slung, hung here
Shorty, the nigga from here
With a little ambition just what we can become here
And as the father passed his story down to his sons ears
Younger kid, younger every year, yeah
So if you love me baby this is how you let me know.
Don’t ever let me go, that’s how you let me know, baby
Slamming Bentley doors
Hopping out of Porsche’s
Popping up on Forbes lists
N-ggas thought I lost it
They be talking bullsh-t
I be talking more sh-t
I”ll be here forever
You know, I’m on my fall shit
And I ain’t waiting for closure, I will never forfeit
Less than four bars
Guru bring the in
Did you get the picture yet
I’m painting you a portrait of young…
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The irony of this nice lyric is that the singer is not a converted and dedicated follower of Jesus. Many young people like the singer want to live forever young but do not know what it takes to live forever young. Of all the lines, the once I love most and will most probably comment on are the once below;
Leave a mark that can’t erase neither space nor time: We must leave a mark in the world so as to live forever young. To live forever young means never to be forgotten in time and eternity. The Bible says, “The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance” (Psalm.112:6). Therefore, righteousness is the key to leaving a mark that is in-erasable.
Fear not much while were alive: We must not fear while we are alive because “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians.1:21). Whether we live or die, let us do it in the Lord.
See ya somewhere up in the sky: This line simply means see you in heaven. Everyone want to get to heaven when life is over, but unfortunately, the pathway, they do not follow. If we must meet in heaven, if we must have our eternal abode in the skies, then we must live our lives on earth in holiness. “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew.13:43).
Fear not die, I’ll be alive for a million years, bye bye: There is not fear in death for those who live and die in Jesus. This is because death opens the gate to heaven for the prepared. In heaven, we never get old and we never die there.
My name shall survive: To those that overcome, God shall give them a name that lasts forever. If your name must last forever, the nature of Jesus must last forever in your life. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation.3:5).
These few lines thrills me that I cannot and will never look away from them. I call on every heaven minded person to go through these lines meditatively. Do you want to live forever young? Do you want to have a name that cannot be erased with time? Then I have an answer to that question
Acts.4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. If we must live forever young, the first point is salvation. But then, may i inform every of my readers that salvation is impossible without the name of Jesus.
Therefore, if you must live forever young. If you must be in everlasting remembrance, then you must give your life to Jesus. Jesus is the only one who gives salvation. I pray you think and act on this and may God help you.