Thursday, September 30, 2021

When I'm Sixty-Four

A month from now I'll turn 64. I find that impossible to believe but my driver's license says it's true. Fortunately, The Beatles wrote a song for me over fifty years ago; it goes...

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 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," The Beatles, 1967)


  1. No way!?! You certainly don't look 64! Although, I'm not entirely sure what 64 is supposed to look like. Will you be celebrating in style and maybe grabbing something to eat with Vera, Chuck and Dave? ;)

    1. Ha! And thank you. Regardless of my age I'm planning to remain immature forever. :-)

  2. Happy almost Birthday, Ally! It's weird to have a piece of pop culture time up with one's day, isn't it? My birthday is in just over a week (eek!) and I'll be 54!

  3. Happy - almost - birthday, Ally! I still can't believe I turned 60 a couple of weeks ago. What is 60+ supposed to feel like? I've no idea. Like you mentioned in your reply to Sarah, I'm planning remain immature forever! xxx

  4. Wendy Brandes reposted something I made for her in 2012. It blew my mind it's now 2021!

    Happy Early Birthday. I think your years keep getting better and better.

  5. Happy almost Birthday! Beautiful.

    Lots of Love: Mariann Yip

  6. Age is just a number! I am just one year older than you and feel like I am 80, lol

  7. Happy early birthday! I can't wait to see how you celebrate. Thanks for the heads up too so I can make sure I get you a card on time!

  8. Looking good for that wondrous age!!! You'll always be a youngun in my eyes!!

    1. Aw, shucks, pal... you know how to make a girl feel good. :)