Do you ever watch Carpool Karaoke? If you don’t, you’re missing some of the greatest TV ever. For the uninitiated, CK is a sketch on the James Corden Show, where the host rides around in a car with singers (or bands), singing their songs “karaoke style”…all in front of a mini-cam mounted somewhere on the front windshield. It’s pure greatness.
The other night, Corden shared the front seat with Paul McCartney. It was a nostalgic, rock and roll wannabe’s dream come true. Singing both old and new hits, it was a stroll down memory lane, as well as glimpse into McCartney’s continued creative and artistic genius. It was awesome.
Somewhere in the middle of the sketch, they started singing one of the lesser-known Beatles favorites, “When I’m 64”.
Well…today I’m 64.
Paul McCartney wrote the lyrics to the song when he was 16 years old (1958), though the song was first released on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album in 1967. That’s a long time ago.
I was 13 in 1967 and Sgt. Peppers was one of my prized possessions with songs like “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”. “When I’m 64” was just a sappy little song about growing old…that had nothing to do with me.
Well…today I’m 64. And it has everything to do with me now. Who would have thought that a 13 year old boy would grow up to be the star of that sappy song? I had no clue what life would be like 51 years down the road. I do now.
I have lost some hair, but I’m still receiving Valentines from the one I started with two years after this song came out. (Yeah, we were 15 when we sent our first Valentines to each other.)
Over the years, I’ve learned to be pretty handy and though Wanda has never knit me a sweater, I’ve watched her crochet a few hundred baby blankets for all the young couples who’ve wandered through our lives.
Unfortunately, we didn’t take too many Sunday drives, but what we have done on our Sundays for 43 years has been a pretty good trade off. We have scrimped and saved and done some serious grandkid bouncing on the knees…and even got some shiny new metal ones along the way.
This song holds an unsuspecting place in my heart today. It’s good to know I’m still needed when I’m 64. Happy Birthday to me.
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