Eleanor Rigby

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

John Lennon and Paul McCartney


PROFILE
Songwriters John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Year Written 1966
About Eleanor Rigby
“Eleanor Rigby” was written in 1966 and released on the album Revolver. Unlike many of The Beatles previous recordings, this song used an eight-piece string section.

Lyrics

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?

Session / Album Information

1969

“Eleanor Rigby” was recorded on November 18, 1969 and released the following year on the album Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today! It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9980 — Tony Sings The Great Hits Of Today
  • 1970: Columbia 45: 4-45109
  • 2011: Disc #39 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK38) Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today!

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