The Beatles Song Of The Day: “Eleanor Rigby”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Eleanor Rigby.” “Eleanor Rigby” is on The Beatles finest album “Revolver.” The song was written by Paul McCartney with a little help from John Lennon. Pete Shotton who claimed to be have witnessed the songs creation said it took place after dinner at John’s with The Beatles and friends. The  group watched TV for a while then John got bored and suggested they play some music. The Beatles went into another room, Paul brought his guitar, played and sang the beginning of the song. The other Beatles made suggestions except for John. Paul had the cleric’s name as “Father McCartney.” Ringo came up with the line about Father McCartney ‘darning his socks in the night.” which everybody liked. Shotton noted that people would think Father McCartney was Paul’s father so they searched through the phone book and “Father McKenzie” was suggested. Then Paul said he didn’t know how to end the song. Shotton suggested that Father McKenzie do the burial service for Eleanor Rigby-the two lonely people coming together in the end.” John for the first time spoke up and shot that idea down.Paul would say he got the name “Rigby” from the name of a store and the name Eleanor from the actress Eleanor Bron. He thought the name sounded natural. Originally the name Paul had was Miss Daisy Hawkins. In the 1980’s someone discovered that there was a grave at St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool or an Eleanor Rigby. It was just yards away from the spot where John met Paul in 1957. “Eleanor Rigby” was released as a single in both the United States, where it peaked at #11 on the charts and in the United Kingdom where it went all the way to #1. John Lennon: harmony vocal/ Paul McCartney: vocal/ George Harrison: harmony vocal/ Tony Gilbert, Sidney Sax, John Sharpe, Jurgen Hess-violins/ Stephen Shingles and John Underwood-violas/ Derek Simpson and Norman Jones-cellos/ The song was recorded on April 28th,29th and June 6th, 1966 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Eleanor Rigby” on a scale of 1 to 5 ***** a classic.

  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Eleanor Rigby” at #22 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs” list and Spignesi and Lewis ranks it at #27 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
  • “Eleanor Rigby” won the 1966 Grammy for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Male.
  • This masterpiece has been covered by a wide range of different artists from The Grateful Dead, John Denver, Blonde, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and the great Ray Charles among others.
  • Length of song 2:06.
  • “Eleanor Rigby” was released  as a single with Yellow Submarine the b side. In America “Yellow Submarine” would be more popular on the charts.
  • “Eleanor Rigby” is an example as to why The Beatles popularity reached to audiences of all ages. I can remember my grandfather owning The Beatles “Red” and “Blue” albums. He didn’t own any other rock and roll albums.

Eleanor Rigby {Lennon-McCartney}

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved
All the lonely people (Ah, look at all the lonely people)
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people (Ah, look at all the lonely people)
Where do they all belong?

 

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