They say life begins at forty Age is just a state of mind If all that's true You know that I've been dead for thirty-nine
And if life begins at forty Well, I hope it ain't the same It's been tough enough without that stuff I don't wanna to be born again
Well, I tried to sweep the slate clean With a new broom every day If that don't work I'll jerk around until my next birthday
Yeah, life begins at forty Age is just a state of mind Well, if all that's true You know that I've been dead for thirty-nine
John Lennon wrote these words for a song that was intended to be sung by Ringo Starr for his next album. Ringo Starr turned 40 years old in July of 1980. John wrote this song as a country song and made a demo of it that can be found on the John Lennon Anthology. The irony of the song hit hard after December of 1980---John was so optimistic about his 40's and just had it stolen from him. I will turn 40 this Saturday. I know that 40 is a big milestone and I am proud of the things I have been able to accomplish in the past 40 years. It hard for me to think that I am old, because--well I teach 7 and 8 year olds, and they have told me that I am an old person for as long as I have been teaching. I think what hits me the hardest in turning 40 is that I will be the same age that John Lennon was when he died. I am not sure why this is a strange feeling, but it truly is. I have read that Sean Lennon said something similar last year when he turned 40. John told me that life begins at 40---and so I am going to live my life to the fullest.