Yes. I’m 64. Today. April 23rd. I was born in 1953. Do the math. I met George Harrison. I sent a birthday cake to Paul McCartney. He sent back a “thank you” and twenty quid.
‘When I’m Sixty-Four’
From ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967)
I just asked my wife. Just turned midnight — it’s the 23rd! Do you still love me? Do you still need me? Now that I’m sixty four? She said: Do I need you now as apposed to two minutes ago? Of course I do. Pragmatic woman. My best friend. She’s the one. Couldn’t imagine being with anyone else when I’m sixty-four.
According to the story, McCartney wrote this song when he was only 16 and forgot about until his father turned 64, which happened to be as the Beatles were recording ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
Paul often gets mocked (sometimes justifiably so) for his nostalgic side, but here’s one occasion where it works to his advantage. Beneath the vaudeville music lies a deceptively innovative lyric. He’s trying to convince his new girlfriend of his worthiness by painting a scenario of what their life will be like in the future. It won’t always be easy (“we shall scrimp and save”) but spending your last years working in the garden and playing with our grandchildren make it all worthwhile.
Listen to ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ by the Beatles.