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For the First Time in Forever
Originally performed by
Composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Robert Lopez
Lyrics Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Robert Lopez
Performer(s) Anna (Kristen Bell)
Elsa (Idina Menzel)
Feature films Frozen
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Albums Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Preceded by "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"
Followed by "Love is an Open Door"
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For The First Time in Forever

"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 ice powers to everyone.

Later, in the song's reprise, Anna tries to convince Elsa to return to Arendelle to remove the wintry curse she put on the kingdom and be sisters with her again, but Elsa refuses because she still feels she cannot control her powers and that Anna will be better off without her. Finally, as Anna's pleas and Elsa's fear intensify, she accidentally blasts Anna in the heart with her powers, which will eventually fatally freeze her.


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! (GASPS) What if I meet the one?

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


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 led 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

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

Tell the guards to open up
The gate

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

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

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


Anna: You don't have to protect me. I'm not afraid!
Please don't shut me out again.
Please don't slam the door.
You don't have to keep your distance anymore

'Cause for the first time in forever,
I finally understand.
For the first time in forever,
We can fix this hand in hand.
We can head down this mountain together!
You don't have to live in fear...
Cause for the first time in forever
I will be right here.

Elsa: Anna,
Please go back home.
Your life awaits.
Go enjoy the sun —
And open up the gates.

Anna: Yeah, but —

Elsa: I know!
You mean well, but leave me be.
Yes, I'm alone but I'm alone and free!
Just stay away and you'll be safe from me.

Anna: Actually we're not.

Elsa: What do you mean you're not?

Anna: I get the feeling you don't know....

Elsa: What do I not know?

Anna: Arendelle's in deep, deep, deep, deep...

Elsa: What?

Anna: You've kind of set off an eternal winter... everywhere.

Elsa: Everywhere?

Anna: It's okay, you can just unfreeze it!

Elsa: No, I can't.
I — I don't know how!

Anna: Sure you can! I know you can!
`Cause for the first time in forever,
Elsa: Oh
I'm such a fool!
I can't be free!

Anna: You don’t have to be afraid...
Elsa: No escape from the storm inside of me!

Anna: We can work this out together!
Elsa: I can’t control the curse!

Anna: We’ll reverse the storm you’ve made!
Elsa: Anna, please, you’ll only make it worse!

Anna: Don’t panic!
Elsa: There’s so much fear!

Anna: We’ll make the sun shine bright!
Elsa: You’re not safe here!

Anna: We can face this thing together!
Elsa: No!

Anna: We can change this winter weather!
Elsa: I I I I I...

Anna: And everything will be all right...
Elsa: I CAN’T!

Other versions

Performers Title Translation Language
Alma Koleci & Antonela Çekixhi ? ? Albanian
شروق صلاح, نسمة محجوب(Shoruogh Salah & Nesma Mahjoub) "لأول يوم بعمري" "For The First Time In My Life" Arabic
Gabi Porto & Taryn Szpilman "Uma Vez na Eternidade" "Once in Eternity" Brazilian Portuguese
Весела Бонева (Vesela Boneva) & Надежда Панайотова (Nadezhda Panayotova) "За първи път от цяла вечност" "For The First Time Since The Eternity" Bulgarian
Véronique Claveau & Anaïs Delva "Le renouveau" "The renewal" Canadian French
黃山怡(Candy Wong) & 白珍寶(Jobelle Ubalde) "從未出現的感覺" "The Feelings That Never Appeared Before" Cantonese
Carmen López & Gisela "Por primera vez en años" "For the first time in years" Castilian Spanish
Sementa Rajhard & Nataša Mirković "Prvi puta otkad pamtim" "For The First Time Since I Remember" Croatian
Tereza Martinková & Monika Absolonová ? ? Czech
Kristine Yde Eriksen & Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg "Jeg Har Ventet Alt for Længe" "I have waited too long" Danish
Noortje Herlaar & Willemijn Verkaik "Voor Het Eerst Na Al Die Jaren" "For The First Time After All These Years" Dutch
Hele Kõrve & Hanna-Liina Võsa ? ? Estonian
Saara Aalto & Katja Sirkiä "Ensi kertaa ikuisuuteen" "For The First Time In Forever" Finnish
Aline Goffin & Elke Buyle "Voor het eerst in heel mijn leven" "For the First Time in my Life" Flemish
Emmylou Homs & Anaïs Delva "Le renouveau" "The renewal" French
Pia Allgaier & Willemijn Verkaik "Zum ersten Mal" "For the First Time in Ages" German
Βάσια Ζαχαροπούλου (Vassia Zacharopoulou) & Σία Κοσκινά (Sía Koskiná) "Τα όνειρά μου Ζωντανεύουν" "My dreams are finally coming true" Greek
Einat Azulay (עינת אזולאי) & Mona Mor (מונה מור) "סוף כל סוף" "Finally" Hebrew
Vágó Bernadett & Farkasházi Réka "Mától mindörökké" "From Now and Forever" Hungarian
Þórdís Björk Þorfinnsdóttir & Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir "Því nú loks er allt að gerast" "Because Finally Everything is Happening" Icelandic
Serena Rossi & Serena Autieri "Oggi, per la prima volta" "Today, For the First Time" Italian
神田沙也加、松たか子 (Sayaka Kanda & Takako Matsu) "生まれて初めて" (Umarete Hajimete) "First time since birth" Japanese
박지윤, 박혜나 (Jiyun Park & Hye-Na Park) "태어나서 처음으로" "For the first time since birth" Korean

Romina Marroquín Payró & Carmen Sarahí

"Finalmente y Como Nunca" "Finally and Like Never" Latin American Spanish
Beāte Zviedre & Jolanta Strikaite ? ? Latvian
Neringa Nekrašiūte & Girmantė Vaitkutė ? ? Lithuanian
Amylea Azizan & Marsha Milan Londoh "Untuk Pertama Kalinya" "For the First Time" Malay
李潇潇(Eva Li) & 胡维纳 (Weina Hu) "好久没在生命里" "Not In Life For So Long" Mandarin
May Kristin Kaspersen & Lisa Stokke "Første Gang på Lenge" "First Time in a Long Time" Norwegian
ثمین مظفری، سارینا سیاح(Samin Mozafari & Sarina Sayah) "نخستین بار بعد یک عمر"(Nokhostin Baar Baade Yek Omr) "The First Time After a Lifetime" Persian Glory (Unofficial)
Magdalena Wasylik & Katarzyna Łaska "Pierwszy raz jak sięga pamięć" "The First Time I Can Remember" Polish
Isabel Jacobetty & Ana Encarnação "Pela Primeira Vez Pr'a Sempre" "For the First Time in Forever" Portuguese
Cătălina Chirțan & Dalma Kovacs "După atât amar de vreme" "After so much time" Romanian
Наталья Быстрова (Natalia Bystrova) & Анна Бутурлина (Anna Buterlina) "Впервые в этот вечер" "For the First Time This Evening" Russian
Lejla Hot & Jelena Gavrilović "Po prvi put u mom životu" "For the First Time in My Life" Serbian
Lucia Bugalová & Andrea Somorovská "Prvý krát za večnosť celú" "For the First Time In Eternity" Slovak
Tanja Ravljen & Nuška Drašček Rojko Prvič v življenju "For the First Time in Life" Slovene
Mimmi Sandén & Annika Herlitz "För Förstä Gången Någonsin" "For The First Time In Forever" Swedish

劉軒蓁(Ray Liu) & 林芯儀 (Shennio Lin)

"前所未有的感覺" "The Feelings That (I) Never Had Before" Taiwanese Mandarin
หนึ่งธิดา โสภณ, วิชญาณี เปียกลิ่น "เป็นครั้งแรกที่รอมาเนิ่นนาน" "For The First Time That Have Waited For So Long" Thai
Deniz Sujana & Begüm Günceler "İlk Defa Hayatımda" "For The First Time in my Life" Turkish
Марія Яремчук (Maria Yaremchuk) & Шаніс (Shanis) "За сто років це уперше" "For The First Time in Hundred Years" Ukrainian
Võ Hạ Trâm & Dương Hoàng Yến "Cho giây phút lần đầu và mãi mãi " "For The First Time In Forever" Vietnamese


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  • In a June 2014 presentation at Williams College (later posted to YouTube), the Lopezes revealed that this song and its reprise were among the last songs composed for the film, in June 2013 (five months prior to the film's already-announced release date).
  • 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; the start of a new phase in life. Rapunzel makes a cameo appearance with Flynn in Frozen during the song as well.
    • Interestingly enough, in the reprise to "When Will My Life Begin", Rapunzel sings "For the first time ever." which reflects the title to the song.
  • One of the paintings that Anna imitates while jumping in the air is a remodeled 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", "I hope that I don't vomit in his face" became "I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face" (because Disney came back to the songs' writers and told them that they couldn't have that sort of bodily fluid lyric, which was written by one of their daughters, so their daughter decided on the lyric that the film now has), and "A chance to leave my sister's world" was changed to "A chance to change my lonely world."
  • 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 "And 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 IV, while "at last I see the light" follows the chords IV then I. There are also significant 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.
  • At the end of the film and on the home video's main menu, this song and "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?" are heard in instrumental form. The "For the First Time in Forever" instrumental reprise could possibly be a deep meaning at the end how "for the first time in forever", Anna and Elsa were finally reconnecting with each other, the gates are open, and peace and happiness is finally restored in Arendelle.
  • In Disney's Frozen on Ice, the first notes of the song's chorus are heard as the coronation bells.
  • During the song when Anna is eating the chocolate it is arranged as cola mountain from Wreck-It Ralph.

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Frozen Fever: Snowgies


Arendelle | Elsa's Ice Palace | The Southern Isles | Weselton | Arendelle Castle | Valley of the Living Rock | Arendelle Chapel | Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna | The North Mountain


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


Hans' Sword | Kristoff's Sled

See Also

Ice Hotel | Musical | The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic | Frozen: The Official Magazine | It's a Small World: The Animated Series | Disney On Ice

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