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Grow Old With Me

Written by John Lennon

Album This song officially appears on the What's My Name Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 2019
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

Grow Old with Me” is a song written by John Lennon, and recorded by him as demo while in Bermuda in 1980. It was released on the posthumous album, Milk and Honey, in 1984. From Wikipedia:

In 1994, Yoko gave Paul McCartney some cassettes containing demo recordings of four of John Lennon’s unfinished songs: “Grow Old with Me“, “Free as a Bird“, “Real Love” and “Now and Then” with “for Paul” written on them in John’s handwriting. The three remaining Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) never attempted to work on “Grow Old with Me” in a similar way that they had with the other Beatles “reunion” songs. “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” were the only ones completed. They did work on Now and Then but decided to abandon it because Lennon’s original demo required too much work to bring it up to the standard needed for an official release. […]

In 2019, Ringo Starr released a cover of “Grow Old with Me“, with Paul McCartney on bass, on his album What’s My Name . From the press release, September 13, 2019:

[…] the emotional centerpiece of What’s My Name is Starr’s deeply felt version of “Grow Old With Me” by his late great friend John Lennon. This is a performance for the ages, one made all the more powerful and moving when we realize that Ringo is blessed to be still living the dream of growing older with the one he loves in a way that his beloved friend John was imagining with Yoko when he wrote this song in the years before his tragic death.  As Starr rightly notes with a warm smile, “I’m still living that dream.”

For Ringo, the inspiration to record “Grow Old With Me” now came when he ran into noted record producer Jack Douglas who had produced John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album, among other classic recordings.

“Jack asked if I ever heard The Bermuda Tapes, John’s demos from that time,” Ringo recalls. “And I had never heard all this. The idea that John was talking about me in that time before he died, well, I’m an emotional person. And I just loved this song. I sang it the best that I could. I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best. The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes. Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from “Here Comes The Sun.” So in a way, it’s the four of us.”

The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes. Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it. […] And the strings […], if you really listen, they do one line from “Here Comes The Sun.” So in a way, it’s the four of us.”

Ringo Starr

Last updated on September 13, 2019

Officially appears on


What's My Name

Official album • Released in 2019

3:18 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Background vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Producer, Vocals
Bruce Sugar:
Mixing engineer, Pro tools editing, Recording engineer
Joe Walsh:
Guitar
Jim Cox:
Piano
Allison Lovejoy:
Accordion
Rhea Fowler:
Violin
Bianca McClure:
Violin
Lauren Baba:
Viola
Isiaiah Gage:
Cello
Jack Douglas:
String arrangement
Daniel Cole:
String arrangement
Wesley Seidman:
Assistant engineer

Session Recording:
Late 2018 - 2019 ?
Studio:
Ringo Starr's home studio, Los Angeles, USA - United Recording Studios, Hollywood, USA

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Album • What's My Name

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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