Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been,
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing a 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?
- peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966
- No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1966 for four weeks
- single released August 5, 1966 (U.S.)
- from the album Revolver (1966)
- ranks #138 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
- "Eleanor Rigby" did not feature any musical instruments played by The Beatles, only the lead vocal by Paul and backing harmony vocals by John and George; George Martin provided the arrangement for the double string quartet
- on the record:
Paul McCartney - vocals
John Lennon - harmony vocals
George Harrison - harmony vocals
Tony Gilbert, Sidney Sax, John Sharpe, Jurgen Hess - violin
Stephen Shingles, John Underwood - viola
Derek Simpson, Norman Jones - cello
- written primarily by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney; Ringo contributed the line "darning his socks in the night"
- McCartney: "I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got this name in my head ... "Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church". 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."
- originally, McCartney was going to use the name Miss Daisy Hawkins for the title character, but changed it after he came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with the Beatles in the film Help!; Rigby came from the name of a store in Bristol, England- Rigby & Evens Ltd
- the priest in the lyric was originally called "Father McCartney" until the name "McKenzie" was found in the phone book
- produced by George Martin
- engineered by Geoff Emerick
- recorded April 28, 29 and June 6, 1966 at EMI Studios, London
- Capitol Records label
- length- 2:06