Eleanor Rigby

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?

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
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

(1966)

Lyrics: Paul McCartney
Music: Paul McCartney, George Martin

[ Listen to mp3 Sample ]

I was playing in a band called RMS in 1987 when our guitar player, Danny Bridges, and I decided it might be fun to take a crack at performing Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles. The idea was generally dismissed by the band, so Danny and I decided to see if we could record a version of what we were thinking of, figuring that if they heard what we did, they might change their minds.

That’s where this track came from. Danny plays all guitars. I play bass and wrangled the drum machine, and sang backup vocals. All in all, I don’t think it’s a bad accounting, if you consider that it was recorded on a cassette 4-track recorder in my bedroom on a Sunday afternoon.

We not only wound up performing Eleanor Rigby in the band, but also worked up a hard rock version of Let It Be. Of course, as with most good ideas, things began to go awry once we started considering off-the-wall ideas, and the band eventually wound up performing a hard rock version of The Munsters theme, and later, after I’d left the band, the theme to the original Star Trek television series. But it all started with a good idea.

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