“When I’m 64”

Written by Paul McCartney in 1966 when he was only 16 – just how prophetic were these lyrics?

“When I get older losing my hair many years from now,”
Sad to say my hair was falling out in my 30’s and by the time I was 40, I was able to qualify as a Trappist Monk!
“Will you still be sending me a Valentine,”
No mystery senders now, but a treasured expression of lifetime love.
“Birthday greetings,”
Not so many now since I’ve stopped counting
“Bottle of wine”
Yes! A bottle of red and a bottle of Port and a book from true friends
“If I’d been out till a quarter to three, would you lock the door,”
The cat is more likely to be out at this time than I am
“Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m 64”
Not if I go into hospital you won’t!
“I could be handy mending a fuse when your lights have gone,”
No need for fuses with circuit breakers, but I can shine a torch so you can see in these energy saving lightbulb days
“You can knit a sweater by the fireside,”
Knitting is a lost art and firesides have almost all disappeared too
“Sunday mornings go for a ride”
Less joy in the traffic and no more lunchtime drink in a country pub
“Every summer we can rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear”
It’s probably cheaper to go to the Costa del Sol on Easyjet
“We shall scrimp and save”
That certainly came true for lots of people
“Grandchildren on your knee, Vera, Chuck and Dave”
More likely to be called Fifi-Trixibelle, Dweezil and Romeo
“Doing the garden, digging the weeds”
An everlasting passtime
“Who could ask for more”
Everyone whose name is Oliver and most elderly people
“Send me a postcard”
E-mails are more likely and less fun than seaside cartoons
“Drop me a line”
A whole different meaning these days
“Stating point of view”
A pity politicians don’t leave out the spin and speak from the heart
“Yours sincerely, wasting away”
I wish! Putting on weight is more the current problem
“Will you still need me, will you still feed me”
Hopefully I’ve earned my corn in the last 63 years
“When I’m 64”
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3 Responses to “When I’m 64”

  1. Carol Hillier says:

    Excellent John! Witty and pertinent. Loved reading it. And a very Happy Birthday – hope it is a great day for you. God bless you real good. Carol x

  2. The Vicar says:

    Grey, balding, portly, but a mind as sharp as a razor. Excellent sentiments. My. all though I did not know it:I also wish you a happy birthday. I dare not ask if 64 is now, future or past? But please enjoy the sentiments. Best wishes.

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