When I'm Sixty-Four
The Beatles Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

"When I'm Sixty-Four" is a compassionate song about the uncertainties and insecurities of old age. The lyrics depict the fears of a man who is aging and losing his hair, questioning if his partner is still going to love him and support him when he's old and weak. The song is a plea to remain together, to continue to love and support each other when the gloss has faded and only the love remains. The simple expressions like "losing my hair," "Sunday mornings go for a ride," "Doing the garden, digging the weeds," and "Grandchildren on your knee" are touching representations of the everyday, but essential things in life that the singer wants to continue to do with his partner even when he's sixty-four.


The Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” is an optimistic and upbeat number that reveals Paul McCartney’s talent for crafting simple, catchy tunes with clever lyrics. The punchy beat and jaunty melody are in contrast to the sentimentality of the lyrics, touching on themes of aging, longevity, and companionship. It’s often regarded as one of the Beatles' most whimsical songs, and its appearance on 1967’s masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band proves how comfortable the band was with both its experimentation and sentiment in equal measure.


Line by Line Meaning

When I get older losing my hair
As I age and lose physical qualities, will you still love me the same?


Many years from now
In the distant future, when we're both much older


Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Will you still make romantic gestures


Birthday greetings bottle of wine
Will you still make me feel special on my birthday


If I'd been out till quarter to three
If I stay out late with friends


Would you lock the door
Will you still worry about my safety


Will you still need me, will you still feed me
Will you still value me as a partner, and take care of me


When I'm sixty-four
When I'm much older


You'll be older too
You will also grow old


And if you say the word
If you agree to it


I could stay with you
I'll be there for you


I could be handy, mending a fuse
I can be useful around the house


When your lights have gone
When your lights don't work


You can knit a sweater by the fireside
You can spend time doing crafts


Sunday mornings go for a ride
Take leisurely drives on Sunday mornings


Doing the garden, digging the weeds
Work together in the garden


Who could ask for more
What more could we ask for


Every summer we can rent a cottage
We can plan a vacation every year


In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
Visit the Isle of Wight if it's affordable


We shall scrimp and save
We will save our money


Grandchildren on your knee
Spend time with our grandchildren


Vera, Chuck and Dave
Names of our imaginary grandchildren


Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stay in touch with each other


Stating point of view
Tell me how you feel


Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Be clear in your message


Yours sincerely, wasting away
Closing of a letter, indicating the writer's deteriorating health


Give me your answer, fill in a form
Let me know your decision, make it official


Mine for evermore
We're in this for the long haul, forever


Will you still need me, will you still feed me
Repeating the theme of the song, asking if we'll still love and take care of each other when we're old


When I'm sixty-four
Closing line, a gentle reminder of the theme of the song




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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Philip Kassabian

A very tuneful Beatles song.

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