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"For the First Time in Forever" is a song from the animated film Frozen 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 home to Arendelle to remove the wintery curse she accidentally put on the kingdom and be friends with her again, but Elsa admits that she doesn't know how, so she refuses, thinking 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 would eventually fatally freeze her.

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! (GASPS) What if I meet the one?

Anna:
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 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

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

Oh!

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 snow.


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 "Se veç sot po vetëm sot po" "Because for today, yes only today" Albanian
شروق صلاح, نسمة محجوب (Shoruogh Salah & Nesma Mahjoub) "لأول يوم بعمري" (Li Awali Yawmen Bi-'Omri) "For The First Time In My Life" Arabic
Gabi Porto & Taryn Szpilman "Uma Vez na Eternidade" "Once in Eternity" Brazilian Portuguese
Весела Бонева & Надежда Панайотова
Vesela Boneva & Nadezhda Panayotova
"За Първи Път от Цяла Вечност" (Za Pŭrvi Pŭt ot Tsyala Vechnost) "For The First Time In Forever" 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" (Cung Mei Ceot Jin Di Gam Gaau)

Reprise : "誰能脫去無形心鎖" (Seoi Nang Tyut Heoi Mou Jing Sam So)
"The Feelings That Never Appeared Before"

Reprise : "Who Can Take Off The Invisible Heart Lock"
Cantonese
Carmen López & Gisela "Por primera vez en años" "For the first time in years" Castilian Spanish
Paula Ribó & Gisela "Per Primer Cop Des De Fa Segles" "For The First Time For Centuries" Catalan
Sementa Rajhard & Nataša Mirković "Prvi puta otkad pamtim" "For The First Time Since I Remember" Croatian
Tereza Martinková & Monika Absolonová "Právě Ted'"

Reprise : "Právě Ted' Jak Nikdy"
"Right now"

Reprise : "Right Now As Ever"
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 "Esmakordselt Ajameres" "For The First Time In The Sea Of Time" 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 Seit Ewigkeiten" "For the First Time in Ages" German
Βάσια Ζαχαροπούλου (Vassia Zacharopoulou) & Σία Κοσκινά (Sía Koskiná) "Τα όνειρά μου Ζωντανεύουν" (Ta ónirá mou Zontanévoun)

Reprise : "Τα όνειρά μου Ζωντανεψαν" (Ta ónirá mou Zontanepsan)
"My dreams are finally coming true"

Reprise : "My dreams come to life"
Greek
Einat Azulay (עינת אזולאי) & Mona Mor (מונה מור) "סוף כל סוף" (Sof Kol Sof) "Finally" Hebrew
Aishwarya Majmudar (ऐश्वर्या मज्मुदार) & Sunidhi Chauhan (सुनिधि चौहान) "आया पहली बार ये लम्हा" (Āyā pahalī bāra yē lamhā) "This moment has come for the first time" Hindi
Vágó Bernadett & Farksházi 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
Mikha Sherly Marpaung & Nadia Rosyada "Kerna 'tuk Pertama Kalinya" "Because For the First Time" Indonesian
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
Гергъокъаланы Халимат (Gerğoqalanı Xalimat) & Гергъокъаланы Халимат (Gerğoqalanı Xalimat) Karachay-Balkar
박지윤, 박혜나 (Jiyun Park & Hye-Na Park) "태어나서 처음으로" (Taeeonaseo Cheoeum-Eulo) "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 "Šodien Pirmo Reizi Mūžā" "Today for the first time in their lives" Latvian
Neringa Nekrašiūte & Girmantė Vaitkutė "Pirmą Kart Gyvenime Šiam" "For The First Time In This Life" Lithuanian
Amylea Azizan & Marsha Milan Londoh "Untuk Pertama Kalinya" "For the First Time" Malay
李潇潇(Eva Li) & 胡维纳 (Weina Hu) "好久没在我生命里" (Hǎojiǔ méi zài wǒ shēngmìng lǐ) "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) "Ведь в этот вечер" (Ved’ v ètot večer)

Alternative Title : "Ведь впервые в этот вечер" (Ved’ vpervye v ètot večer)

Reprise : "Ведь первый раз за эту вечность" (Ved’ pervyj raz za ètu večnost’)
"After this evening"

Alternative Title : "For the First Time This Evening"

Reprise : "For the First Time In The Eternity"
Russian
Лејла Хот (Lejla Hot) & Јелена Гавриловић (Jelena Gavrilović) "Први Пут У Свом Животу" (Prvi Put U Svom 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" (Qiánsuǒwèiyǒu de gǎnjué)

Alternative Title : "這種感覺是前所未有" (Zhè zhǒng gǎnjué shì qiánsuǒwèiyǒu)
"The Feelings That (I) Never Had Before"

Alternative Title : "This feeling is unprecedented"
Taiwanese Mandarin
หนึ่งธิดา โสภณ (Nuengthida Sophon), วิชญาณี เปียกลิ่น (Wichayanee Pearklin) "เป็นครั้งแรกที่รอมาเนิ่นนาน" (Bpen kráng râek têe ror maa nêrn naan) "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" (Za sto rokiv tse uperše) "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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Trivia

  • 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 (subdominant), while "And 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.
  • Another Disney song that this could be compared to in terms of notes, melody, and tone is Mine, Mine, Mine from Pocahontas.
  • A possible goof in this song is that when Anna enters the room with paintings there are only benches and no couches visible. Later Anna jumps on a couch to mimic "The Swing", which wasn't visible in previous shots.


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Books: Frozen: The Essential Guide | The Art of Frozen | Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book | Frozen: The Junior Novelization | A Sister More Like Me | Big Snowman, Little Snowman | Anna’s Act of Love/Elsa’s Icy Magic | Elsa's Gift | A New Reindeer Friend | Frozen Ultimate Sticker Book | Disney Read-Along | Storybook Deluxe | Graphic Novel | Phantoms of Arendelle | Olaf and Sven On Thin Ice | Anna Is Our Babysitter | A Frozen Heart | Frozen Fever: The Deluxe Novelization | Anna's Birthday Surprise | Olaf's Perfect Day | Anna & Elsa's Childhood Times | Across the Sea | Frozen Spring Fever | Melting Hearts | A Year with Elsa & Anna (and Olaf, too!) | Journey To The Lights | Kristoff's Crystal Adventure | Oaken's Invention | Time for Bed, Olaf! | Our Adventure Notebook | Comic Books
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Scandinavia | Frozen Summer Fun! | Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy | Disney Animation Building | Frozen Ever After | Storybook Land Canal Boats
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disneyland Forever | For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration | Frozen: Live at the Hyperion | Golden Fairytale Fanfare | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire | Mickey and the Magician | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Once Upon a Time: Special Winter Edition | Royal Theatre
Shops: Anna & Elsa's Boutique
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Frozen Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Storybook Express | Paint The Night Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Christmas: A Frozen Holiday Wish | Disney Dreams! of Christmas | World of Color: Winter Dreams

Characters

Frozen: Anna | Elsa the Snow Queen | Kristoff | Hans | Olaf | Sven | The Duke of Weselton | Grand Pabbie | Marshmallow | King Agnarr and Queen Iduna | The Duke of Weselton's Bodyguards | Trolls | Bulda | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | Kai and Gerda | Castle Guards | Hans' Brothers
Frozen Fever: Snowgies

Locations

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

Songs

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 | Spring Pageant | You're You | Reindeer(s) Remix

Objects

Kristoff's Sled

See Also

Ice Hotel | Musical | The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic | Frozen: The Official Magazine | Disney On Ice | As Told by Emoji | Frozen: Northern Lights

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