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Paul McCartney’s “When I’m Sixty-Four”


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj


When I’m Sixty-Four” was the first song recorded for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper), the eighth studio album by “The Beatles”, the English rock band. The album was released on June 1, 1967 on the Parlophone label, arranged and produced by George Martin (who later in 1996 was made a Knight Bachelor and honoured as Sir George Henry Martin CBE, in recognition of his services to the music industry and popular culture.).

The album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band“, is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, and has since been recognised as one of the most important albums in the history of popular music, that included songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life

Paul McCartney, a Beatle, was born on June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England to Mary, a maternity nurse and James McCartney, a cotton salesman. Paul was raised in a traditional working-class family, much the same as his future fellow Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

When Paul was 14 years old his mother died. Soon, he began his lifelong love affair with music. His father, a jazz pianist from the 1930s and 1940s, who never got a nod of recognition from anyone, encouraged him to play multiple musical instruments. Paul took formal music lessons as a boy, but the future Beatle preferred to learn by ear. He taught himself the Spanish guitar, trumpet and piano.

In 1957, at the age of 15, Paul McCartney met John Lennon at a church festival where both teenagers were performing. They both struck a chord and Paul joined Lennon’s band “The Quarrymen.”

Paul McCartney, wrote the basic tune for the song “When I’m Sixty-Four” when he was only 15. He copied his father James McCartney’s style. He used to play it when The Beatles were still known as “The Quarrymen.” Paul wrote the lyrics later in honor of his father’s 64th birthday and sang the lead vocals.

In “When I’m Sixty-Four“, a man asks a woman whether she will still be with him when he got older, when he was 64 years old.

In March 1997, Paul McCartney was knighted for services to music.

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, turned 64 on June 18, 2006. Isn’t it pathetic that on May 17, 2006, Paul McCartney and his then wife, Heather Mills, separated, finalizing the divorce in 2008? So, “No” would be the answer to his musical query with regards to Heather Mills.

They could have waited a year.


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? Ooh

You’ll be older too.
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?

Ev’ry 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 forevermore.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
when I’m sixty four? Ho!

De profundis

Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

Credits: Photograph uploaded by alexj in http://art-profiles.com

In the Holy Bible, Psalms 130 is one of the Penitential psalms. This penitential lament, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed in Western liturgical tradition.

Psalms, Chapter 130

1 A song of ascents.
Out of the depths I call to you, LORD;

2 Lord, hear my cry!
   May your ears be attentive
   to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, LORD, keep account of sins,
   Lord, who can stand?

4 But with you is forgiveness
   and so you are revered.


5 I wait for the LORD,
   my soul waits
   and I hope for his word.

6 My soul looks for the Lord
   more than sentinels for daybreak.d
   More than sentinels for daybreak,

7 let Israel hope in the LORD,
   For with the LORD is mercy,
   with him is plenteous redemption,

8 And he will redeem Israel
   from all its sins.

In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God. Deep anguish makes the psalmist feel “like those descending to the pit.” (Psalm 130:1–2)

He asks for mercy for the sins committed. The experience of God’s mercy leads one to a greater sense of God. (Psalm 130:3–4).

The psalmist’s trust ((Psalm 130:5–6) becomes a model for the people ((Psalm 130:7–8).

This is the Latin version of the Septuagint text:
[Canticum graduum]
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;

Domine, exaudi vocem meam.
Fiant aures tuæ intendentes
in vocem deprecationis meæ.

Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine,
Domine, quis sustinebit?

Quia apud te propitiatio est;
et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.

Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus:
Speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem,

speret Israël in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia,
et copiosa apud eum redemptio.

Et ipse redimet Israël
ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

I searched for a listenable video clip of De Profundis. A few days ago a video clip 5′ 5” long on YouTube titled “De Profundis (Septuagesima Sunday, Tract)” uploaded by SGeorgeAZ on Jul 13, 2011 impressed me.

This video in addition to the music has Gregorian chant notation from the Liber Usualis (1961), p. 499 and Latin lyrics sung by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.

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