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For the First Time in Forever
Originally performed by
Lyrics Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Performer(s) Anna (Kristen Bell)
Elsa (Idina Menzel)
Length 3:45
Films Frozen
Video games
Albums Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Preceded by Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Followed by Love is an Open Door
33. For the First Time in Forever - Frozen (OST)(03:47)

"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.


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...

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's totally crazy
To dream I'd find romance...
But for the first time in forever
At least I've got a chance!

(Sigh)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

It's only for today!

It's agony to wait

It's agony to wait!

Tell the guards to open up... the gate!

The gate!
For the first time in forever

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

I'm getting what I'm dreaming of!

Be the good girl you always have to be

A chance to change my lonely world


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!

Other versions

Performer(s) Title Translation Language
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
Véronique Claveau, Anaïs Delva "Le renouveau" "The renewal" Canadian French
糖妹、白珍寶 "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
"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
"Zum ersten Mal seit Ewigkeiten" "For the First Time in Ages" German
Serena Rossi, Serena Autieri "Oggi, per la prima volta" "Today, For the First Time" Italian
"태어나서 처음으로" "For the first time" Korean

Romina Marroquín Payró, Carmen Sarahí

"Finalmente y Como Nunca" "Finally and Like Never" Latin American Spanish
好久沒在生命裡 "Not In Life For So Long" Mandarin
Lisa Stokke, May Kristin Kaspersen Første Gang på Lenge "First Time in a Long Time" Norwegian
ثمین مظفری، آزرو آفری(Samin Mozafari, Arezou Afari) "برای اولین بار، بعد از یک عمر" "For the first time, after a lifetime" Persian
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" "First Time Ever" Portuguese
Кристен Белл, Идина Мензел "Впервые в этот вечер" "For the First Time This Evening" Russian
Tanja Ravljen, Nuška Drašček Rojko Prvič v življenju "For the First Time in Life" Slovene
Mimmi Sandén, Annika Herlitz "För Förstä Gången Någonsin" "Fir The First Time In Forever" Swedish
"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
Võ Hạ Trâm, Dương Hoàng Yến "Cho giây phút lân đâu và mãi mãi" For the first moment and forever  Vietnamese


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  • 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.
    • Said cameo appearance has sparked a popular fan theory that Rapunzel is the cousin of Elsa and Anna, and the journey their parents left (and were killed) on was taking them to Rapunzel and Eugene's wedding.
  • 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", "I hope that I don't vomit in his face" became "I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face", 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 could be a subtle reference to the fact that Hans is the villian of the film.
      • Although Anna was referring to changing her lonely world and finding true love before the day ended.
  • 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 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.

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 | Marshmallow | The Duke of Weselton's Bodyguards | The King and Queen of Arendelle | The Trolls | Bulda | Cliff | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | Kai and Gerda | The Dignitaries | Castle Guards | Arendelle Citizens

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: 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

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

Objects: Hans' Sword | Kristoff's Sled

Other: Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Ice Hotel


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