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When I'm Sixty-Four - The Beatles

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More (limited animation, ha! ha!) from the Clemmer saluting Sir Paul's Classic! 

Até amanhã! Beijo te com carinho Judite.

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 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?
oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oooo
You'll be older too, (ah ah ah ah ah)
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, 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 for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?



When I'm Sixty-Four

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


"When I'm Sixty-Four"
Song by The Beatles from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Released 1 June 1967
Recorded 6–21 December 1966
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Pop rock,music hall
Length 2:37
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band track listing

Music sample
"When I'm Sixty-Four" is a love song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney[1][2] (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and released in 1967 on their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
According to Ian MacDonald, the song was "aimed chiefly at parents, and as a result got a cool reception from the Beatles' own generation."[3]




The song is sung by a young man to his lover, and is about his plans of growing old together with her. Although the theme is aging, it was one of the first songs McCartney wrote, when he was sixteen.[1] The Beatles used it in the early days as a song they could play when the amplifiers broke down or the electricity went off.[4][5] Both George Martin and Mark Lewisohn speculated that McCartney may have thought of the song when recording began for Sgt. Pepper in December 1966 because his father turned 64 earlier that year.[4][5]

Lennon said of the song, "Paul wrote it in the Cavern days. We just stuck a few more words on it like 'grandchildren on your knee' and 'Vera, Chuck and Dave' ... this was just one that was quite a hit with us."[6] In his 1980 interview for Playboy he said, "I would never even dream of writing a song like that."[2]


A clarinet trio (two B-flat soprano clarinets and a bass clarinet) is featured prominently in the song, unusual in most music genres, but particularly in the context of rock and roll. Scored by Martin, he said they were added at McCartney's request to "get around the lurking schmaltz factor" by using the clarinets "in a classical way."[5] In the song's final verse, the clarinet is played in harmony with McCartney's vocal: an unusual method of harmonization, especially in 1967. Supporting instruments include the honky-tonk piano, bass, tubular bells and electric guitar.


The song was recorded on 6 December 1966, during one of the first sessions for the as-yet-unnamed album that became Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. There were multiple overdub sessions, including the lead vocal by McCartney on 8 December and backing vocals by McCartney, Lennon, and George Harrison on 20 December. The clarinets were recorded on 21 December.[7]

The song is in the key of D-flat major. The Beatles recorded the song in C major but the master take was sped up in order to raise the key by one semitone at the insistence of McCartney. Martin remembers that McCartney suggested this change in order to make his voice sound younger.[8] McCartney says, "I wanted to appear younger, but that was just to make it more rooty-tooty; just lift the key because it was starting to sound turgid."[1]


The song was nearly released on a single as the B-side with either "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "Penny Lane" as the A-side. Instead, Martin decided on a double-A-sided-disc. The single did not make #1 in the UK, breaking a string of #1 singles going back to 1963.[9] If "When I'm Sixty-Four" had been issued as a B-side, it would not have appeared on Sgt. Pepper.


Cover versions

Cultural references

  • The song accompanies the "Sea of Time" sequence in the film Yellow Submarine.
  • The song was parodied by The Rutles as "Back in '64" on the album Archaeology.
  • When I'm 64 (using the numerals instead of spelling out the numbers) is also the name of a BBC television series starring Paul Freeman and Alun Armstrong as two older men who surprise themselves by falling in love with each other.
  • McCartney's children recorded a special version of "When I'm Sixty-Four" at Abbey Road Studios as a surprise present for McCartney's 64th birthday, and played it for him at his birthday party. They changed the lyrics to fit the occasion with the help of Giles Martin.[11][12]
  • The song is referenced in the 2007 comedy Walk Hard where in a humorous scene involving a fight between The Beatles, John Lennon (played by actor Paul Rudd) says to Paul McCartney (played by actor Jack Black), "I wonder if your songs will still be shit when I'm 64."
  • In the film Across The Universe, the shipyard employee that gives Jude his paycheck says he thought he'd be doing something different when he was sixty-four, a reference to the song "When I'm Sixty-Four."
  • The song is referenced in the 2003 film Shanghai Knights, when Owen Wilson's character talks about his future. He mentions descendants named Vera, Chuck, and Dave.
  • The song was parodied on the British puppet show Spitting Image as it was called "When You're 65" showing an elderly couple being made fun at by younger people, then the old man loses his wife as she fades away.


  1. ^ a b c Miles 1997, p. 319.
  2. ^ a b Sheff 2000, p. 183.
  3. ^ MacDonald 1994, p. 176.
  4. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 89.
  5. ^ a b c Martin 1994, p. 34.
  6. ^ The Beatles 2000, p. 247.
  7. ^ Lewisohn 1988, pp. 89–91.
  8. ^ Martin 1994, p. 35.
  9. ^ Martin 1994, p. 26.
  10. ^ Lewisohn 1988, p. 90.
  11. ^ Lampert 2006.
  12. ^ Todd 2006.


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