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      Op-Ed: When I'm 64

      Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:31 AM
      Israel’s 64th birthday is the opportune time to ask the same questions The Beatles did nearly half a century ago. Well, almost.


      Although the theme is about ageing, The Beatle’s song, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four” was one of the first songs Paul McCartney ever wrote, when he was only 16

      The song is sung by a young man to his beloved, and is about his plans of growing old together with her.

      The song was recorded in December 1966, during one of the first sessions for the as-yet-unnamed album that became Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Some speculate that McCartney may have thought of the song when recording began for Sgt. Pepper in December 1966 because his father turned 64 earlier that year.

      We all still remember the song’s refrain, “Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I'm sixty-four."

      As Israel reaches the grand ‘old’ age of 64, maybe it’s time to revisit that Beatle’s classic and update it a little for Israel’s 64th birthday.

      Now That I’m 64

      When I get older, lose my appeal,
      Many years from now.
      Will you still be sending me new olim?
      Herzl said ‘it is no dream’.

      If you’ve been out of the country since 2003
      Would I lock the door?
      Will you still need me? Will you still bleed for me?
      Now that I'm sixty-four.

      Doing the sponja, cursing at traffic,
      Who could ask for more.
      Will you still need me? Will you still bleed for me?
      Now that I'm sixty-four.

      Every summer you could take a vacation
      Galil, Golan, or Eilat,
      You can scrimp and save
      Grandchildren on your knee
      Talia, Omri & Dave

      Send me an email, call me on Skype
      Stating point of view
      Indicate precisely what you mean to say
      In Israel we simply argue anyway

      Give me your answer, fill in a form
      Stand on an endless line
      I’m your Jewish homeland
      From the start till the end of time

      So hop on El-Al
      Please don’t delay
      I am here for you

      So glad you still need me,
      So glad you still bleed for me.
      Even though I'm sixty-four.