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The Beatles — Eleanor Rigby
Album: Revolver
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Total ratings: 1946









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.  Only BillG would think to squeeze Eleanor Rigby in between Emancipator, Frou Frou and Moby.  I am in awe!
 LeGiff wrote:


I wish I knew what Beethoven piece you were referring to. 
 

I wish I could remember.  Must have been in a bad mood.  I'm sure I felt better being snarky for a little bit.
 Laptopdog wrote:

Quite the contrary. How they sound to you is purely subjective. Hearing their music is still as impressive and innovative now as it was over 50 years ago. They were doing things then that no one even thinks of trying in today's cookie- cutter pop-obsessed industry.
 
What makes you so sure you know what contemporary musicians are thinking of trying?  Obviously, The Beatles were innovative and influential, and I like this tune, but the music industry was pretty cookie-cutter and pop-obsessed in the 1960s as well; I'm not sure why so many people seem to forget that. 

 dziebell wrote:
This is no song to follow Beethoven.  Bill, do you think its the violins that make them go together?  
 
 

I wish I knew what Beethoven piece you were referring to. 
 thewiseking wrote:
Grew up worshiping the Beatles. An Obsessed child. Sad how dated most of their catalogue sounds now.Purely a nostalgia trip.

 
Quite the contrary. How they sound to you is purely subjective. Hearing their music is still as impressive and innovative now as it was over 50 years ago. They were doing things then that no one even thinks of trying in today's cookie- cutter pop-obsessed industry.
 Canlistener wrote:
I have on my bulletproof vest so here it goes... The Beatles are pure rubbish.

 
No vest needed.  Think what you want.  We all like what we like!
I wonder if Paul knows now that many of those "lonely people" were more contented than he thought?
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
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

a 10
 Proclivities wrote:

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

 
Oh Yikes.  Wish I could un-hear that ;-)
 Grammarcop wrote:
I heard William Shatner's version of this on the radio last Saturday. After all these years, his interpretation remains ... special. 

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




Lyrics read like a TV commentator walking thru a grocery store, down a city street or across a park during the week before families with kids show up... 

It's sad how lonely we are.  
 Lazarus wrote:

Hope you are having a marvelous time, WonderLizard... everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing...

 
Yes indeed, my mysterious friend. Yes indeed.
 Rooney wrote:
{#Bananasplit}  Ain't ever given a Beatles song less than a 10, and I don't plan to start now, either.

 
Amen to that, brother.
This is no song to follow Beethoven.  Bill, do you think its the violins that make them go together?  
 
The Beatles are without a doubt one of the most important bands ever, but yet not really my cup of tea: I love many songs when I hear them, as now, but I never come to play a song myself...
acolt said: "Same with me. I think it's because it doesn't really go anywhere musically. I mean, the riff is great, but it doesn't go anywhere."

I think the music wasn't meant to be ground-breaking or mind-blowing, but was to convey the mood of the lyrics which it does well.


{#Bananasplit}  Ain't ever given a Beatles song less than a 10, and I don't plan to start now, either.
What a switch from the 5th to this Beatles song!

Only on Radio paradise!
 WonderLizard wrote:
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:


Shakespeare+Vivaldi=Beatles...
 

Y'know, Romeo/Lazarus—whoever the hell you are, I don't give you enough credit for insight, what with all the bucknaked dancing, it's sorta strains credulity. But I think you've nailed this one. Nice.
 

Thank you! This song is a concise poem— literary minimalism— with the complete elements of a short story, which are characters, plot, climax, conclusion, epiphany, etc...

the tragedy of "Eleanor Rigby" is that two lonely people meet, but not in a way that will resolve either character's loneliness— she dies, and he buries her... the song ends with a religious image that defines the tragedy—

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.

Hope you are having a marvelous time, WonderLizard... everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing...


Two hundred years from now this song, and their body of work, will stand.
 (former member) wrote:


Shakespeare+Vivaldi=Beatles...
 

Y'know, Romeo/Lazarus--whoever the hell you are, I don't give you enough credit for insight, what with all the bucknaked dancing, it's sorta strains credulity. But I think you've nailed this one. Nice.
 joelbb wrote:
An extraordinary cut from the Beatles best album:  what's not to like?

 
...... totally agree the Beatles best album which was truly groundbreaking.
10 
An extraordinary cut from the Beatles best album:  what's not to like?
 ThePoose wrote:
And my wife is named Sexy Sadie.

 
lunatic wrote:
My Grand daughter is named Eleanor Rigby.
Her older brother is named Maxwell  Edison.
.

 
 



 
I knew a girl named McGill. She called herself Lil but everyone knew her as Nancy.
 great Pic   calypsus_1 wrote: 


 When each of my 4 kids were young I sang this and 'Yesterday' to them at bedtime in an attempt to lullaby them to sleep. Then I'd sing 'Blackbird' as I walked quietly out their bedroom.
A new movie with James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain is entitled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. I don't think it has any resemblance or connection to this, but the title is odd if it doesn't. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Disappearance_of_Eleanor_Rigby
 
{#Bananapiano}  Has to be G O D L I K E  -  anything else would be a crime against music
I played this song over and over when I was a kid, but it really creeped me out. Something about the mood and words seemed so dark . . .
 oldfart48 wrote:

evidently YOU are aptly named....{#Lol}

 
So long as you're an Old Fart 'at play', the moniker is to be worn with pride.
And my wife is named Sexy Sadie.

 
lunatic wrote:
My Grand daughter is named Eleanor Rigby.
Her older brother is named Maxwell  Edison.
.

 
 


 lunatic wrote:
My Grand daughter is named Eleanor Rigby.
Her older brother is named Maxwell  Edison.
.

 
 
evidently YOU are aptly named....{#Lol}
post acid Beatles, the best....{#Dance}
this was one of my mother's favorite songs (yes, her name was Eleanor) and i saw mccartney in concert two months after she died (Feb '90) and i started weeping when he did this........

amazing how things hit you 
My Grand daughter is named Eleanor Rigby.
Her older brother is named Maxwell  Edison.
.

 
The Beatles are so indelibly woven into the memories of my wondering adolescence that I cannot possibly rate them objectively. Nor would I ever want to try.
HAHAHA HEHEHE HOHOHO

The Rolling Stones??!!!

The Beatles were the ones who broke away from writing ''dance music'' and looked inside and wrote from and about their troubled souls about real relationships and religious experiences. The Stones are mere poseurs and misogynists. Wake the hell up!

The Stones are simply about putting on a razzle-dazzle big show in which Mick gets to strut and prance around. The Beatles were not song and dance men, which is why they stopped touring. I would never go see the Stones. They once invited Truman Capote to join them on stage, to which TC refused. He was asked why. His reply: ''I only do things that hold mystery for me.'' Right on, TC. The Stones are pure entertainment, which is ultimately so hollow.


  Anything by the rolling stones is better - conveys more soul and spirit of the times, than anything by the Beatles. These guys belong in a dusty box in a back corner with the monkeys, the box tops, and that donovan goof. That they aren't is a testament to the will and influence of corporate money changers and their ilk. Thin non-relational psychedelic induced dribble. ..sorry if it hurts, time to wake up people. ...somebody had to say it


 




 midreaming wrote:
they were a dog and pony show. one that you and a whole lot of people bought, hook line and sinker. but don't feel bad. It's not the first time.. (lol) I can think of too many great bands that rightfully took a pass on this dribble so I think you're overstating your case more than a little



 
your argument is rendered invalid by a) suspision that you're trolling and 2) that you don't know the difference between the act of a sportsman controlling a ball and the act of speaking nonsense. Fail.

This is one of the best songs ever written...  brilliant short story with concise lyrics and fabulous music...

love it...
 
I heard William Shatner's version of this on the radio last Saturday. After all these years, his interpretation remains ... special. 
 neuticle wrote:
I know this is sacrilegious to all, but I've never liked this song..love the Beatles etc..but not this one...sorry, I am so alone in this
 
There's a sort of irony in those last six words being used in reference to this song.

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 neuticle wrote:

I am not alone !!

 

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?


brilliant...  love it...  

 
A well written tune, but I am just not into this anymore.
If you're consistently good, does the average drop or is the bar raised? Imo this is not their best song ever.. but there are only a few Beatles songs* that deserve a lower rating than an 8... So here we go: 8/10.

* definitely lower than an 8: Helter Skelter/Obladi-oblada/Yellow Submarine/Get Back a.o.
I remember studying this class in 5th grade English!!
 CamLwalk wrote:
God I can't stand this.  Blecch
 
I am not alone !!

I know this is sacrilegious to all, but I've never liked this song..love the Beatles etc..but not this one...sorry, I am so alone in this


Shakespeare+Vivaldi=Beatles...

love this song...

 


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
15 rates it 1.
Unbeleviable!!!

Only 2 options may explain:

1- they are just kidding
2- they are not from this planet...


 pianocomposer wrote:
...The music is simple and direct. The lyrics tell a story of a compelling tragic character. 10.
 
To me, your comment above is about right, but I'd follow it with maybe a 6/7. Sometimes I really can't help thinking that some songs receive an automatic +4 for being a Beatles song...

This is a song for the ages. The music is simple and direct. The lyrics tell a story of a compelling tragic character. 10.
Only the Beatles. 10


This is such an incredible song...  always love hearing it...


 
Classical...
 ferwoman wrote:
Fabulous song!
 


I agree...  as good as it gets...  love it...





This is the perfect song lyrically...  tells a complete story...  two lonely people meet, but not in a way that will resolve their loneliness— she dies and he buries her...  "no one was saved..."  perfect tragedy...  brilliant writing...  and I love the music...

 

Fabulous song!
God I can't stand this.  Blecch
 midreaming wrote:
  Anything by the rolling stones is better - conveys more soul and spirit of the times, than anything by the Beatles. These guys belong in a dusty box in a back corner with the monkeys, the box tops, and that donovan goof. That they aren't is a testament to the will and influence of corporate money changers and their ilk. Thin non-relational psychedelic induced dribble. ..sorry if it hurts, time to wake up people. ...somebody had to say it

 
I think you belong in a barrel with the monkeys.  Somebody had to say it.

 midreaming wrote:
they were a dog and pony show. one that you and a whole lot of people bought, hook line and sinker. but don't feel bad. It's not the first time.. (lol) I can think of too many great bands that rightfully took a pass on this dribble so I think you're overstating your case more than a little
 
Oh yes and you and 13 other people in the world can't be wrong!{#Rolleyes}
 midreaming wrote:
they were a dog and pony show. one that you and a whole lot of people bought, hook line and sinker. but don't feel bad. It's not the first time.. (lol) I can think of too many great bands that rightfully took a pass on this dribble so I think you're overstating your case more than a little
 
You lost me at, "dribble".  
 Ulises wrote:


It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.

- John Kenneth Galbraith


    That you're well read, or can use an internet search engine, doesn't make this boy band any better, as musicians or song writers. Although one could surmise that you've been properly indoctrinated... and by the way - it takes no great excursion on "the troubled sea of thought" to be a fan of these guys. You just have to jump on the bandwagon.


 gjr wrote:


'tis a far, far better thing to be thought the fool than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.   

"the will and influence of corporate money changers" etc.???  how about every musician (even your beloved stones), music critic, music listener in the last 60 years agree unanimously that they were THE single most important and influential band of the pop/rock era? 

time to get back on your meds
  they were a dog and pony show. one that you and a whole lot of people bought, hook line and sinker. but don't feel bad. It's not the first time.. (lol) I can think of too many great bands that rightfully took a pass on this dribble so I think you're overstating your case more than a little


 midreaming wrote:
  Anything by the rolling stones is better - conveys more soul and spirit of the times, than anything by the Beatles. These guys belong in a dusty box in a back corner with the monkeys, the box tops, and that donovan goof. That they aren't is a testament to the will and influence of corporate money changers and their ilk. Thin non-relational psychedelic induced dribble. ..sorry if it hurts, time to wake up people. ...somebody had to say it

 

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.

- John Kenneth Galbraith


 midreaming wrote:
  Anything by the rolling stones is better - conveys more soul and spirit of the times, than anything by the Beatles. These guys belong in a dusty box in a back corner with the monkeys, the box tops, and that donovan goof. That they aren't is a testament to the will and influence of corporate money changers and their ilk. Thin non-relational psychedelic induced dribble. ..sorry if it hurts, time to wake up people. ...somebody had to say it

 

'tis a far, far better thing to be thought the fool than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.   

"the will and influence of corporate money changers" etc.???  how about every musician (even your beloved stones), music critic, music listener in the last 60 years agree unanimously that they were THE single most important and influential band of the pop/rock era? 

time to get back on your meds

Beatles mad day out  by rising70
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_first_rays/

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  Anything by the rolling stones is better - conveys more soul and spirit of the times, than anything by the Beatles. These guys belong in a dusty box in a back corner with the monkeys, the box tops, and that donovan goof. That they aren't is a testament to the will and influence of corporate money changers and their ilk. Thin non-relational psychedelic induced dribble. ..sorry if it hurts, time to wake up people. ...somebody had to say it

Try as I might, my mouse hand just won't let me rate this lower than a 10.
Thank you Ms. Priga, for allowing two 5th graders to analyze and sing this song for our music project.  I'll miss you forever Deb!  At least on this level.  Know I will be seeing you on the next.  Friendships like ours defy death.  Now I'm one of the lonely people.  No one WAS saved.


 Stave wrote:
This is one of those songs that on an intellectual level I know is great, but somehow it just doesn't connect with me.
 
Same with me. I think it's because it doesn't really go anywhere musically. I mean, the riff is great, but it doesn't go anywhere.

I didn't care for this when it was released on the LP, but as the soundtrack to a very artistic portion of Yellow Submarine, it's terrific!



It really is amazing how good the lyrics to this song truly are—  as good as any poet in history...

and the music could have been written by Vivaldi...

timeless...

Still the wrong album name and cover.
 gjr wrote:
how many years ahead of their time were they? 30? 40? ?
 

Infinity...  this is one of the best songs every written...  it is a complete tragic novel—  two people meet, but not in a way to cure each other's loneliness...  brilliant...


how many years ahead of their time were they? 30? 40? ?
Wrong album link & pic, Bill... Should be more like this.

Rick Wakeman - "Help" & "Eleanor Rigby" Live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOGZlXBivw0

"Rick Wakeman performing a medley of the Beatles classics Help & Eleanor Rigby on Grand Piano, taken from 'The Other Side Of Rick Wakeman' "

"this is so amazingly good—such a rich interpretation! " 

"Bravo!"




soooo gooood...


I think I prefer Ray Charles cover of this. It's the got the raw guts that the song somehow needs.

This is one of those songs that on an intellectual level I know is great, but somehow it just doesn't connect with me.
I've listened to 'Revolver' so many times, that when the last notes of 'Eleanor Rigby' fade away, my mind starts in with, "When I wake up early in the morning......"


This song is a profound poem with music that is good for the ears...


 bugleboy624 wrote:
We were just discussing this song in my English class today (no more than an hour ago). One of the most lively and enlightening discussions we have ever had in there. This is an awesome song and my Beatles song by far. 10!

 
We discussed this in my (7th grade) English class too. Same reaction as your class (though I assume you and your classmates are older than we were), just 30 years earlier.

Stanley Jordan's cover is terrific as well.


First class, world class...PURE class!

{#Mrgreen}


great great great song...


 bugleboy624 wrote:
We were just discussing this song in my English class today (no more than an hour ago). One of the most lively and enlightening discussions we have ever had in there. This is an awesome song and my Beatles song by far. 10!

 

, although I didn't really appreciate this track until viewing the Yellow Submarine film. That animation sequence is outstanding.
Played just after "In Liverpool" by Suzanne Vega. Right... {#Wink}
I guess there's no way around it....a 10.
 romeotuma wrote:


This is as good a poem as any poem ever written... people often praise things like the vivid images produced in such brevity, but many critics miss a fundamental key that makes this poem a great tragedy— two lonely people are destined to meet, but not in such a way that cures either one of them of their loneliness... she dies and he buries her...  "wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave, no one was saved..."
 
Good insight. This is why the last the verse hits so hard. That last image is brutal.



Love it...


I just love this song. Has anyone ever heard "Stanley Jordan" knock this out on his guitar?
If you listen closely to the lyrics you'll discover that this is pure poetry at its very best.
Cred must be given to George Martin who (I believe) is responsible for the string arrangements.
Funny how back in the day, the Stones were always seen as "bad" or darkside and the Beatles were somehow happy-go-lucky, angelic and "safe".  Some people still think the Stones' music rougher and darker.  Yet the Fab Four have given us some very enigmatic pieces.  Most were Lennon's doing:  She's So Heavy, I Am the Walrus, Strawberry Fields; but George Harrison gave us the creepy, underrated "Blue Jay Way".

And the baby-faced "cute" Beatle gave us this dark little gem.

We were just discussing this song in my English class today (no more than an hour ago). One of the most lively and enlightening discussions we have ever had in there. This is an awesome song and my Beatles song by far. 10!

I've been waiting to hear this here!  10!  {#Notworthy}