I don’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know the song Eleanor Rigby. The song itself encapsulates the former greatest fear in my life – a deeply human, common fear – the fear of ending up completely alone. The song itself was largely written by Paul McCartney, with input from several people, both within the Beatles and out. While Paul McCartney once claimed he created the names Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie, an actual headstone for Eleanor Rigby was “discovered” in a cemetery in Woolton. Those who know the history of the Beatles know that John Lennon and Paul McCartney met at the Woolton church fete in 1957. In fact, they used to hang out in the church yard in which the headstone for Eleanor Rigby was discovered. Years later, Paul suggested that he may have subconsciously remembered the name from those early days hanging around the church yard. There is a headstone for a McKenzie nearby as well.
As for the song itself, it was a definite departure from the band. They play no instruments on the song. Instead a string octet played the classical score composed by one of the many 5th Beatles, George Martin. Paul McCartney sings lead vocals, backed up by George Harrison and John Lennon. Today there is a memorial to Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool.
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