Released: 23 January 1984
John Lennon: vocals, piano
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18 April 2013
Looks like Paul and Ringo covered this:
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"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon
28 March 2014
17 December 2012
As @Joe notes in his article about this song, it was partly inspired by John watching a movie about baseball:
Later that day Lennon called Ono to say he had been watching a 1950s film about a baseball player, in which the player's girlfriend had sent him a poem by Robert Browning. Lennon hurriedly wrote Grow Old With Me based on the words, which were taken from the poem Rabbi Ben Ezra.
Which film it was was unknown, but it seems Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack has identified the film: discovering a 1978 made-for-TV movie called A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story was shown on TV in Bermuda while John was there and the song was written.
Womack told the Observer that Lennon had clearly been moved by a scene in which Eleanor – played by Blythe Danner – reads a letter in which Gehrig referred to the first lines from Rabbi Ben Ezra, Browning’s 1864 historical poem inspired by a 12th-century scholar.
"Thanks very much for sending me that book of poems. I especially liked the one by Robert Browning that goes, 'Grow old along with me! / The best is yet to be'…"
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15 February 2015
Browning is nice 🙂 and I do love this song. I just love the idea of loving someone enough to want to spend your twilight years with them, being boring but content. Very wholesome.
In context, obviously, it's quite heartbreaking
it verges from the sublime to the ridiculote
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