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Eleanor Rigby

Updated on October 25, 2014

The Origins of the Song and the Character

Eleanor Rigby's fame is the direct result of a song of the same name by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, who actually took a while to settle down on the name "Eleanor Rigby".

He came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, with whom he had starred in the film Help!. Rigby came from the name of a store in Bristol, Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers.

Our mythical and mystical Eleanor represents "All the Lonely People" everywhere.

Thanks Paul and the Beatles for a legendary character. May we always remember her.

Eleanor Rigby - 45 cover
Eleanor Rigby - 45 cover

Three reasons to love Eleanor Rigby

  1. Father Mckenzie: for his diligence, persistence, and undying faith
  2. All the lonely people - because no one else loves them
  3. The Yellow Submarine, for comic relief - the flip side of the 45

Eleanor and the Beatles

Eleanor and the Beatles
Eleanor and the Beatles

Lyrics to the song

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?

...Paul McCartney

Her Statue

Her Statue
Her Statue

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The Original Eleanor - Eleanor Bron

The Actress Eleanor Bron, for whom the Eleanor Character was named, starred with the Beatles in the movie "Help"
The Actress Eleanor Bron, for whom the Eleanor Character was named, starred with the Beatles in the movie "Help"

The Beatles with Eleanor in HELP!

Eleanor Rigby Memorial - For lonely people everywhere

In the 1980s, a grave of an Eleanor Rigby was discovered in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool. The grave is a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon first met in 1957

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Who Was Eleanor Rigby: and 908 More Questions and Answers About The Beatles
Who Was Eleanor Rigby: and 908 More Questions and Answers About The Beatles

For which album were the songs "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" originally intended? What was the original title of the album eventually released as Abbey Road ? Which instruments were played by the Fab Four during the recording of "She's Leaving Home"? These are just some of the almost 1,000 questions included in Who Was Eleanor Rigby... Organized year-by-year in chronological chapters, the book includes questions covering all facets of the band from Liverpool, and is a surefire hit with all their fans. More than 25 years after their break-up, the Beatles are once again the hottest act in music. The recent documentary on the band was one of the biggest television events of the year, and the two Anthology double-CDs soared to the top of the charts. . Incidentally, the answers to the questions above are: (1) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, (2) Everest and (3) none -- a group of string musicians handled all the playing. As for the book's title, Eleanor Rigby was a name on a tombstone found by Paul McCartney.


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      Karen Kay 

      3 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Wow. you are too kind, Kenneth. Thank you very much!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Wow! This is a great piece. Genius, if you ask me. I love the Beatles and all I know is that Paul and George wrote their songs with either real characters or fictional. Nice work.

      I will tell you the truth. I really love this hub.

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing work. I loved the way you presented your topiic. Wonderful graphics.

      This piece was helpful, informative and very interesting.I was glad to vote Up and all of the choices.

      You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.


      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

    • DreamingBoomer profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Kay 

      3 years ago from Jackson, MS

      That is right! I did another Hub on Lucy. Very cute back-story there. Thanks!

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I always love to hear the stories behind the beatles' songs. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was thought to be about LSD, but it wasn't. Good stuff.

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      6 years ago

      Like their song "She's leaving home", Eleanor Rigby speaks to the sadder side of life in a simple and clear way. A pertinent song and a very good lens

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      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Awesome. I really enjoyed learning about the character of Eleanor Rigby! It's a great song!

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      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      One of my favorite Beatles songs. Nice work, Squid Angel blessed!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      My hubby and I have learned to play this beautiful song!! It is a great statement against Organized Religion!!


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      9 years ago

      The song Eleanor Rigby also reminds me of another melancholy type of song,

      Those Were The Days My Friends, I always thought the song to have a certain lonely quality as well.


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