The Beatles Song Of The Day: “When I’m Sixty-Four”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “When I’m Sixty-Four.” “When I’m Sixty-Four” appears on The Beatles “Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. The song was written by Paul McCartney. Paul wrote the melody when he was 15 years old on the piano at the McCartney home on Forthlin Road, Liverpool. At that time Paul looked at the tune as being written out of respect for the music of the twenties and thirties. At the time of Sgt.Pepper, Paul dusted the tune off and with his father in mind wrote the song. Jim McCartney was 64 at the time. John didn’t care too much for the tune. claiming he would never write anything like that. John Lennon: backing vocal and guitar/ Paul McCartney: vocal, piano and bass guitar/ George Harrison: backing vocal/ Ringo Starr: drums and bells/ Robert Burns, Henry MacKenzie and Frank Reidy: clarinets. The song was recorded on December 6th,8th, 20th and 21st, 1966 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “When I’m Sixty-Four” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ****

  • “When I’m Sixty-Four” did not make Rolling Stone Magazine’s “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list or Spignesi and Lewis’ “100 Best Beatles Songs’ list.
  • Length of song 2:37.
  • “When I”m Sixty-Four” was nearly released as a b-side for either “Strawberry Fields Forever” or “Penny Lane” but they decided to make that a double A side single and put “When I’m Sixty-Four” on “Sgt.Pepper” instead.

 

When I’m Sixty Four {Lennon-McCartney}

When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, 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 in the Isle of Wight
If it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck & 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 for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I’m sixty-four? Ho!
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