Forever Friends, a song written by famed musicians
Giorgio Moroder, Kong Xiangdong and Michael Kunze, is bidding to
become the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games theme, sources said.
An English version of the song's music video finished shooting
last month in Beijing and was expected to be on television and the
Internet by the beginning of next year.
"The song meets the requirements of the Beijing Olympic Games,"
said Zhao Dongming, the culture department director of the Beijing
Organizing Committee of Olympic Games (BOCOG). "It is heartwarming
and has broad appeal."
"We hope to impress people the world over who come to the
Olympic Games with this beautiful song at the opening
The lyrics go "You've tasted bitter defeat and the sweet
success/ You want it all and you settle for nothing less/ You've
tried harder than the rest/ You've become one of the best/ This is
the time you'll remember for all your life".
However, BOCOG officials said it was still too early to say if
the tune had become the Olympic theme song as the solicitation
campaign ends in March.
Moroder wrote the official theme songs Reach out for the
1984 Los Angeles Olympics and Hand in Hand for the 1988
Seoul Olympics. The Italian, who produced Donna Summer's disco
classic Love to Love You Baby and many other pop hits, said
he wanted to show "determination to act hand-in-hand and
heart-to-heart" in Forever Friends.
The father of Euro disco said he had used some rhythms of the
folk song Liuyanghe and traditional Chinese musical
instruments in Forever Friends to bring Chinese features
Kong, the famed Chinese pianist, said listeners would feel
harmony, enthusiasm, devotion and joy in the song and he hoped it
would become the Games theme.
The lyrics were written by Germany's Kunze, while popular
singers Coco Lee and Sun Nan performed the song in the music
The worldwide solicitation for a Games theme song will conclude
on March 10. A prize of 20,000 yuan (about US$2,700) is being
offered to each of the 25 winners selected by a panel of
The theme will be unveiled 100 days before the Games opening
ceremony, the BOCOG said.
The Beijing Olympics take place from August 8 to 24.
(Xinhua News Agency December 6, 2007)