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For the First Time in Forever
Originally performed by
Composer
Lyrics Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Performer(s) Anna (Kristen Bell)
Elsa (Idina Menzel)
Length 3:45
Films Frozen
Shows
Attractions
Video games
Albums Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Preceded by Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Followed by Love is an Open Door
Video
303:47

3. For the First Time in Forever - Frozen (OST)

"For the First Time in Forever" is a song from the animated film Frozen to be sung by Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). The song expresses Anna's delight at being able to see people again due to her sister's coronation. Meanwhile it discloses Elsa's fear of accidentally revealing her powers to everyone.

Lyrics

Anna:
The window is open!
So's that door!
I didn't know they did that anymore!
Who knew we owned eight thousand salad plates...?

For years I've roamed these empty halls
Why have a ballroom with no balls?
Finally they're opening up the gates!

There'll be actual real live people
It'll be totally strange
But wow! Am I so ready for this change

'Cause for the first time in forever
There'll be music, there'll be light!
For the first time in forever
I'll be dancing through the night...
Don't know if I'm elated or gassy
But I'm somewhere in that zone!
Cause for the first time in forever
I won't be alone

I can't wait to meet everyone! (gasp)
What if I meet... the one?

Tonight, imagine me gown and all
Fetchingly draped against the wall
The picture of sophisticated grace...
Ooh!

I suddenly see him standing there
A beautiful stranger, tall and fair
I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face!

But then we laugh and talk all evening
Which is totally bizarre
Nothing like the life I've lead so far!

For the first time in forever
There'll be magic, there'll be fun!
For the first time in forever
I could be noticed by someone...
And I know it is totally crazy
To dream I'd find romance...
But for the first time in forever
At least I've got a chance!

Elsa:
Don't let them in
Don't let them see
Be the good girl
You always have to be
Conceal
Don't feel
Put on a show...
Make one wrong move
And everyone will know

But it's only for today
Anna:
It's only for today!

Elsa:
It's agony to wait
Anna:
It's agony to wait!

Elsa:
Tell the guards to open up... the gate!
Anna:
The gate!
For the first time in forever

Elsa:
Don't let them in, don't let them see

Anna:
I'm getting what I'm dreaming of!

Elsa:
Be the good girl you always have to be

Anna:
A chance to change my lonely world

Elsa:
Conceal

Anna:
A chance to find true love!

Elsa:
Conceal, don't feel
Don't let them know

Anna:
I know it all ends tomorrow,
So it has to be today!
'Cause for the first time in forever...
For the first time in forever
Nothing's in my way!

Trivia

  • One of the lyrics is similar to the second reprise of a song, When Will My Life Begin?, from Tangled. Both songs also carry a similar message: discovery and freedom. Rapunzel makes a cameo appearance with Flynn in Frozen during the song as well.
  • One of the paintings that Anna imitates while jumping in the air is a remodelled version of "The Swing" originally by the French Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a painting which greatly inspired Tangled according to Glen Keane, one of the animators.
  • Before the final script, the original lyrics were "There'll be real, actual people"/"There'll be happy, smiling people", later replaced by "There'll be actual, real live people". Also, "For years I have roamed these empty halls" was contracted to "For years I've roamed these empty halls", and "A chance to leave my sister's world" was changed to "A chance to change my lonely world."
  • As Anna sings "Nothing's in my way" she ironically runs into Sitron, Hans' horse.
  • This song sounds similar to "I See the Light" from Tangled in certain parts. For example, "for the first time in forever!" sounds similar to "at last I see the light." However, they are inherently different being that the line "for the first time in forever" is based on the chord progression I (tonic) then VI, while "at last I see the light" follows the chords IV then V. There are also differences in notation such as the melody line and rhythm, as well as the orchestration, tempo and mood, making "For the First Time in Forever" a very original tune in its own right.


Frozen
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Film: Frozen

Video games: Olaf's Quest | Frozen: Free Fall | Disney INFINITY

Books: Frozen: The Essential Guide | The Art of Frozen | Frozen (Big Golden Book) | Frozen (Little Golden Book) | A Sister More Like Me | Big Snowman, Little Snowman | Anna’s Act of Love/Elsa’s Icy Magic

Attractions: World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic

Characters: Anna | Elsa the Snow Queen | Kristoff | Hans | Olaf | Sven | The Duke of Weselton | Pabbie | Trolls | Bulda | Cliff | Marshmallow | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | The Duke of Weselton's Thugs | The King and Queen of Arendelle | Kai and Gerda | The Dignitaries

Locations: Arendelle | Elsa's Ice Castle | The Southern Isles | Weselton | Arendelle Castle | Valley of the Living Rock | Arendelle Chapel

Songs: Vuelie | Frozen Heart | Do You Want to Build a Snowman? | For the First Time in Forever + (Reprise) | Love is an Open Door | Let it Go | Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People | In Summer | Fixer Upper | Love Can't Be Denied | We Know Better | More Than Just The Spare | Life’s Too Short | Spring Pageant | You're You | Reindeer(s) Remix | Life's Too Short (Reprise)

Other: Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

  

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