On Paul McCartney's Birthday

Paul McCartney turns sixty-four today.


I’ve seen around the ‘Net in reference to his impending divorce to Heather Mills a number of jokes made at McCartney’s expense playing on the lyrics to his song, “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Particularly these lines from the chorus:

Will you stil need me,
Will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four.


That McCartney is turning sixty-four and he’s also getting a divorce, these two facts have nothing to do with one another. More, people making the joke are completely misreading the song. It’s a song of youth–that there’s some eerie coincidence in numerology doesn’t mean that Paul McCartney deserves mockery. It’s a song about a young man, asking the woman he loves if she’ll still want him around “many years from now.” When McCartney married Heather Mills in 2002, his sixty-fourth year was hardly “many years from now.” McCartney wrote the song reportedly when he was sixteen.

Forget “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Instead, today listen to “Birthday” from The White Album. McCartney will thank you for it. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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