Beatles-Cember: “Eleanor Rigby”

Posted: December 12, 2013 by Sam in Music
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Another of The Beatles’ beautiful yet melancholy songs, “Eleanor Rigby” paints a depressing picture of what is essentially the interlocked lives of two lonely people, the titular Eleanor and Father McKenzie. The song’s subject matter has two possible origins. The first being that Eleanor’s name came about organically as Paul McCartney was writing the song, changing it as he worked. The second is that Eleanor Rigby was inspired by a name on an actual gravestone in the St. Peter’s Church graveyard where McCartney and Lennon first met. “Eleanor Rigby” also appears to be a group effort with all of the Beatles contributing lyrics to the final product even if the song is still attributed to Lennon-McCartney.

Backed by a haunting arrangement of strings that make up the entire song, “Eleanor Rigby” clearly marked The Beatles as a band capable of elevating rock music. They were maturing and their music was following suit.


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