I don't know why. I couldn't think of much more so I put it away for a day. Then the name "Father McCartney" came to me, and all the lonely people. But I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks. Dad's a happy lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name "McKenzie". McCartney said he came up with the name "Eleanor" from actress Eleanor Bronwho had starred with the Beatles in the film Help!
I was looking for a name that sounded natural. It was one of several songs in this period which evoked a past era by using female given names which have since become very popular again, but which were rarely given among baby boomersthe main pop audience at the time. McCartney wrote the first verse by himself, and the Beatles finished the song in the music room of John Lennon's home at Kenwood. Harrison came up with the "Ah, look at all the lonely people" hook.
Starr contributed the line "writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear" and suggested making "Father McCartney" darn his socks, which McCartney liked. It was then that Shotton suggested that McCartney change the name of the priest, in case listeners mistook the fictional character in the song for McCartney's own father. The song is often described as a lament for lonely people  or a commentary on post-war life in Britain.
McCartney could not decide how to end the song, and Shotton finally suggested that the two lonely people come together too late as Father McKenzie conducts Eleanor Rigby's funeral.
At the time, Lennon rejected the idea out of hand, but McCartney said nothing and used the idea to finish off the song, later acknowledging Shotton's help. Lennon was quoted in as having said that he "wrote a good half of the lyrics or more"  and in claimed that he wrote all but the first verse,  but Shotton remembered Lennon's contribution as being "absolutely nil".
The song is a prominent example of mode mixturespecifically between the Aeolian modealso known as natural minorand the Dorian mode. The verse melody is written in Dorian modea minor scale with the natural sixth degree. The Aeolian C-natural note returns later in the verse on the word "dre-eam" C—B as the C chord resolves to the tonic Em, giving an urgency to the melody's mood.
The Dorian mode appears with the C note 6 in the Em scale at the beginning of the phrase "in the church". This is said to "add an air of inevitability to the flow of the music and perhaps to the plight of the characters in the song ". In the s, a grave of an Eleanor Rigby was "discovered" in the graveyard of St Peter's Parish Church in WooltonLiverpooland a few yards a few metres away from that, another tombstone with the last name "McKenzie" scrawled across it.
Years later, [ when? If someone wants to spend money buying a document to prove a fictitious character exists, that's fine with me. An actual Eleanor Rigby was born on 29 August and lived in Liverpoolpossibly in the suburb of Wooltonwhere she married a man named Thomas Woods on Boxing Day December 26th She died on 10 October of a brain haemorrhage at the age of 44 and was buried though not "along with her name", as she will have been Eleanor Woods three days later.
Her tombstone has become a landmark to Beatles fans visiting Liverpool. A digitised version was added to the music video for the Beatles' reunion song " Free as a Bird ". In JuneMcCartney donated to Sunbeams Music Trust  a document dating from which had been signed by the year-old Eleanor Rigby; this instantly attracted significant international interest from collectors because of the coincidental significance and provenance of the document.
The name "E. Rigby" is printed on the register, and she is identified as a scullery maid. She also did many things for the Liverpool City Hospital. None of the Beatles played instruments on it, though John Lennon and George Harrison did contribute harmony vocals. McCartney, reluctant to repeat what he had done on "Yesterday", explicitly expressed that he did not want the strings to sound too cloying.
For the most part, the instruments "double up"—that is, they serve as a single string quartet but with two instruments playing each of the four parts, Album). Microphones were placed close to the instruments to produce a more biting and raw sound. Engineer Geoff Emerick was admonished by the string players saying "You're not supposed to do that. Fearing such close proximity to their instruments would expose the slightest deficiencies in their technique, the players kept moving their chairs away from the microphones until George Martin got on the talk-back system and scolded "Stop moving the chairs!
Lennon recalled in that "Eleanor Rigby" was "Paul's baby, and I helped with the education of the child The violin backing was Paul's idea. Jane Asher had turned him on to Vivaldi, and it was very good. Take 15 was selected as the master. He cited the influence of Bernard Herrmann Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles - Revolver (Vinyl work on his string scoring.
Originally he cited the score for the film Fahrenheit but this was a mistake as the film was not released until several months after the recording; Martin later stated he was thinking of Herrmann's score for Psycho.
The original stereo mix had McCartney's voice only in the right channel during the verses, with the string octet mixed to one channel, while the mono single and mono LP featured a more balanced mix. On the Yellow Submarine SongtrackLove and the remix of 1McCartney's voice is centred and the string octet appears in stereo, creating a modern-sounding mix. Simultaneously released on 5 August on both the album Revolver and on a double LP single with " Yellow Submarine " on Parlophone in the United Kingdom and Capitol in the United States,  "Eleanor Album) spent four weeks at number one on the British charts,  but in America it only reached 11, with "Yellow Submarine" charting separately at 2.
Thirty years later, a stereo remix of George Martin's isolated string arrangement was released on the Beatles' Anthology 2. A decade after that, a remixed version of the track was included in the album Love. It is the second song to appear in the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine. The first is "Yellow Submarine"; it and "Eleanor Rigby" are the only songs in the film which the animated Beatles are not seen to be singing.
Ina re-interpretation of the song was included in the film and album Give My Regards to Broad Streetwritten by and starring McCartney. Following a five week stay at 1, this album was knocked off the top spot by "Revolver" which then spent six of its 77 week chart life in that position.
The latest Beatles album 'Revolver' certainly has new sounds and new ideas, and should cause plenty of argument among fans as to whether it is as good as or better than previous efforts. One thing seems certain to me - you'll soon all be singing about a 'Yellow Submarine'. This has been chosen as one 'A' side to be released as a 45 next week, along with the ballad 'Eleanor Rigby'.
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles - Revolver (Vinyl Soul, as it was building up it was getting more experimental, Album).
The songs were getting better. More interesting So that's where we were going. It revolves. You know - and so it was a Revolver.
Some of the stuff on this and the Rubber Soul album was brilliant. There was nothing like it. That would be nice. So, it was really we grew together.
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