January 31

Live and Love: Faron Young’s “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young”

Our time in this fast-moving world is short, which is why we should do the things that make us happy, spend more time with the ones we love, say the words we have always wanted to say, and make our life worth living.

“Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” is one of Faron Young’s songs that could become a potential anthem with the theme of YOLO, meaning “you only live once.” Because we do, we live this life once, and Faron Young‘s “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” can be an inspiration.

The track is Faron’s first song to land at the top spot on the charts. Faron mentioned that it was a song he disliked, yet it still grew on him after he recorded and released it as a bonus track in his 1957 album Sweethearts or Strangers (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1957).

Songwriter Joe Allison said the phrase “live fast, die young” struck him that it could be a good idea for a song, which is why he wrote “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” and had Faron Young record the music.

Since the song’s release, artists such as Eddie Cochran and Nick Lowe have also released their cover versions of the song.

Meaning Behind the Song

“Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” by Faron Young encourages everyone to live their lives how they want to.

Although the song talks about hurting women’s feelings, the last verse of the song says that the narrator isn’t bothered by what other people will say; he just wants to be a carefree person who wants to make a mark for himself and leave a beautiful memory in the end.

Check out and be inspired by listening to the song here.


Faron Young

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