(c) 1966 Composed by John Lennon – Paul McCartney
Shot 2 from “Revolver”.
Arr. by stagwolf [Played in Am, Capo 2nd fret, sounds in the key of B minor.
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Ah, take a look at all the lonely individuals! Ah, take a look at all the lonesome people!
Eleanor Rigby, gets the rice in the church where a wedding has been, resides in a dream.
Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a container by the door, who is it for?
All the lonesome people where do they all come from? All the lonely people where do they all belong?
Daddy McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear, nobody comes near.
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there, what does he care?
All the lonesome people where do they all come from? All the lonesome individuals where do they all belong?
Ah, look at all the lonesome people! Ah, look at all the lonely individuals!
Eleanor Rigby, passed away in the church and was buried together with her name, nobody came.
Dad McKenzie, wiping the dirt from his hands as he strolls from the tomb, no-one was saved.
All the lonesome individuals where do they all come from? All the lonesome individuals where do they all belong?
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Authatellitcha (w/chamber orchestra).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weN-l8SOiFU.
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Beautiful take by Josh Turner (w/guitar).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT98yd84iCE.
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Mike Massรฉ ยด s (w/piano in church).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W-nbw9FlbE.
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When McCartney first played the song for next-door neighbor Donovan, the words were “Ola Na Tungee/Blowing his mind in the dark/With a pipe filled with clay.” McCartney fumbled around with the lyrics up until he arrived on the line “Picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been.” It was just then that he realized he was writing about the solitude of old age. “Daddy McKenzie” was originally “Dad McCartney”; Ringo broke in the line “darning his socks in the night.” The profile was expanded by the Beatles’ vocals, however the support music was the sole product of an eight-man string area, working from a George Martin rating. [Rollling Stone Unique Collectors Edition “500 Biggest Songs of Perpetuity, page 57.
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Paul McCartney (1966 ).
” I was sitting at the piano when I thought about it. The very first couple of bars just pertained to me, and I got this name in my head … Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church. I do not understand why. I couldn’t consider far more so I put it away for a day. Then the name Daddy McCartney pertained to me, and all the lonely people. However I believed that people would think it was expected to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks. Papa’s a delighted lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name McKenzie. I remained in Bristol when I decided Daisy Hawkins wasn’t an excellent name. I walked ’round taking a look at the shops, and I saw the name Rigby. Then I took the tune down to John’s house in Weybridge. We sat around, laughing, got stoned and completed it off.”.
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John Lennon (1980 ).
” Paul’s child, and I helped with the education of the child … The violin support was Paul’s idea. Jane Asher had actually turned him on to Vivaldi, and it was really great.”.
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Paul McCartney (1984 ).
” I got the name Rigby from a store in Bristol. I was wandering round Bristol one day and saw a shop called Rigby. And I think Eleanor was from Eleanor Bron, the starlet we worked with in the movie ‘Help!’ But I simply liked the name. I was trying to find a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural.”.