Monday, June 19, 2006

When I'm Sixty-Four

Everyone's favorite Beatle turned 64 yesterday. In honor of Paul McCartney's 64th birthday, I'd like to post the lyrics of the now-famous song--one of my favorites by the Beatles.

The fact that Paul wrote this song when still a teenager, says a lot about his values, personality and talent.

When I'm Sixty-Four

When I get older losing my hair
many years from now
will you still be sending me a valentine
birthday greeting, bottle of wine
If I'd been out till quarter to three
would you lock the door
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four

You'll be older too
And if you say the word
I could stay with you

I could be handy mending a fuse
when your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings, go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Who could ask for more
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four

Every summer we can rent a cottage on the
Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
stating point of view
indicate precisely what you mean to say
yours sincerely wasting away
Give me your answer fill in a form
mine forever more
Will you still need me
Will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four


Anonymous said...

I am going out on a limb just to say that some of the content was to the social details at that time, and a bit middle class, which is easy for me to relate to. Loved the Beatles at this time and since our ages are similar, my wife is 64 today, we have aged comparably though values may not be so the same. I enjoy the differences in the American english and the mother language as in "if it's not to dear". Seems quaint but to the point of expense. My wife woke this morning and on her way to a ladies church brunch, asked for the lyrics. Had I not looked for the lyrics, I would not have found your site. Thanks,

Staying in Balance said...

Thanks, Dave! Happy Birthday to your wife! I enjoy the differences in American and British English too. Paul's use of language really stands out, to me, compared to today's popular music.

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