The Beatles — Eleanor Rigby
Album: Revolver
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Released: 1966
Length: 2:05
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 a 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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Wow! Still wow after all these years.
It seems outrageous to comment or rate this.  So I won't. 
It's a 10 anyway.

I've just done both things.  Bah.
At least Father McKenzie doesn't have to pick up rice anymore, because it's not thrown at weddings 50 years on.
Father McKenzie has to darn his socks because it would be unholy to damn them. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Grew up worshiping the Beatles. An Obsessed child. Sad how dated most of their catalogue sounds now.Purely a nostalgia trip.

 
I disagree. I'd argue that none of their catalogue is dated as you suggest. Old perhaps but not dated. Are the works of the great composers dated? It's all a matter of perspective and of course opinion. Even with today's music, one can say that they are dated by your rationale. Music, all of it, is timeless. 

 
 BillG wrote:

Oh Yikes.  Wish I could un-hear that ;-)

 

At which point I realize that if Bill tells me that I should absolutely NOT jump off that cliff. . .I might just jump off that cliff.
McCartney's best ever song by the best band ever!
 BillG wrote:

Oh Yikes.  Wish I could un-hear that ;-)

 
John Denver should've known better......
Yeah thank you for choosing this one! 
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 bb_matt wrote:
Not sure how this can ever be topped. Been in my life since the start, had dreams about the concept, with this as a backing song. When I was a small child the song scared me witless.

 
I agree with you bb_matt.  As a pre-teen when I first heard this song, it made me afraid of growing up.  I wanted to make sure nobody I knew ended up like Eleanor.  50 years on I realize that such loneliness is not something that can be cured and the Beatles got it right.


Grew up worshiping the Beatles. An Obsessed child. Sad how dated most of their catalogue sounds now.Purely a nostalgia trip.
Not sure how this can ever be topped. Been in my life since the start, had dreams about the concept, with this as a backing song. When I was a small child the song scared me witless.
 Proclivities wrote:

For anyone who is truly adventurous, there is this interesting cover by John Denver.  Be advised: It is somewhat distressing...

 
Interesting.  Absolutely.  

It lacks something.....   warmth, coherence of sound, the sonic space strikes me as hastily constructed.   ....  

It is a hard song to cover.  

Youtube automatically went on to another cover by John Denver, Mr. Bojangles.   That one is pretty decent.  Perhaps because the sonic space is so much closer to his core sound.  
 Rooney wrote:
{#Bananasplit}  Ain't ever given a Beatles song less than a 10, and I don't plan to start now, either.

 
  
The Beatles are my all-time favorite band. The highest score they'll ever get from me is 9. There simply is no such thing as a 10, as defined by Radio Paradise. As well, anyone being objective knows there are a few stinkers amongst all their great numbers (The Word comes to mind). But it's doubtful that'll ever get airplay on RP, so perhaps you'll be able to stick to your guns.

I have on my bulletproof vest so here it goes... The Beatles are pure rubbish.
 jberko wrote:
Did they really steal the idea for the strings from Psycho?

 
 no, the orchestration was George Martin's idea. 
Did they really steal the idea for the strings from Psycho?
R.I.P. George Martin