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The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby Lyrics

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TitleEleanor Rigby
ArtistThe Beatles
AlbumRevolver (Remastered) [2009], Track 2
The Beatles Stereo Box Set [2009], Track 2 Disc 7
Love [2006], Track 4
1 [2000], Track 2 Disc 2
Yellow Submarine (1999 Reissue) [1999], Track 3
Cd Singles Collection [1999], Track 10
Revolver [1966], Track 2
1962-1966 (Red Album), Track 12 Disc 2
GenrePop, Rock
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Song lyrics
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?

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

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?
corrected by Kanojo-chan on December 10th, 2011
written by Lennon, John Winston / Mccartney, Paul James
copyright with Lyrics © Sony/atv Music Publishing Llc

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0 likes - like | 28-04-2012 04:19 purushothamn51 
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0 likes - like | 24-12-2010 03:50 ILBS 
15 posts
This song is just great, kinda spooky... but great! But you know, I always picture Eleanor with a sad, depressed face when the song says "Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door". I think that if she were smiling someone would come eventually.
Anyway, It's a very poetic and meaningful song, really makes you think.
0 likes - like | 09-01-2008 03:52 psiloveyou 
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i think the meaning of the face in the jar by the door is more like.. she puts on a front when she sees people, which she doesnt which is why shes waiting, at home shes depressed, but she keeps a happy face waiting just in case someone would ever show up
0 likes - like | 19-03-2007 16:37 truelovewaits 
10 posts
[b]this song is awesome. probably one of the greatest songs the Beatles ever recorded. Orchestra in the background=fantastic.
0 likes - like | 11-11-2006 09:25 ReutCohen 
3 posts
This is really beautifull song... And like someone said, it does has a bit accusing and criticizing tone, because most of the people aren't lonely they have friends, family etc, but we don't actually care about the lonely people in the world.

michi - I believe that those lines "Waits at the window, wearing the face
that she keeps in a jar by the door" mean that Eleanor Rigby is a lonely person who dosen't know some people who would come to visit her and talk to her and she probably dosen't get to talk and see much people. That is why she waits at the window for someone to come and she "wears" the face that she keep in a jar by the door, this is a metaphor that explains us that because no one talks and visit Eleanor Rigby she just sit and wait to someone and she wears a face that she dosen't use because no one sees her so she "keep this face in a jar" near the door so she can use this face when somebody comes but no body comes. Well it is pretty hard to explain (especially when english is not my mother lang) but I hope you understood.
0 likes - like | 13-07-2006 18:28 michi100 
2 posts
great song.. amazing lyrics
what does that mean "Waits at the window, wearing the face
that she keeps in a jar by the door "?
0 likes - like | 17-04-2006 21:39 iamscaredofyou 
49 posts
amazing. how do the beatles to it? all hail the beatles and john/george rest in peace.
"all the lonely people, where do they all come from,all the lonely people, where do they all belong?" that song is my life
0 likes - like | 15-04-2006 17:17 _AngelOfDeath_ 
5,872 posts
I dont think the lyrics are the best thing about this song. The complexity of the music and the fact it was so revolutionary at the time makes this song what it is.
I love how with every beatles song you can hear all the different styles of music, just merge into a single song, to create that unique and timeless sound.

This song is a masterpiece. My favourite beatles song.
0 likes - like | 15-04-2006 17:09 mferris25 
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0 likes - like | 05-04-2006 02:38 Simpsonfan4u 
10 posts
wow this is a great song praise the beatles yay beatles i feel sorry for all the lonely people bye
0 likes - like | 17-02-2006 09:51 Paoie 
14 posts
I love this one. Um, about that eleanor. In the "Free as a bird" video you'll see Paul walks on the church mark and there is a grave there. It says "Eleanor Rigby". This is from Liverpool. You get it all? (Ps: Paul McCartney is dead.)
0 likes - like | 14-02-2006 20:40 kingofmyhead 
101 posts
Amazing song right here. The lyrics are the best part of the song, without question. Does anyone know who wrote them?
0 likes - like | 08-01-2006 04:57 k8ieliz92 
8 posts
i absolutely love the beatles and out of all of their awesome songs this is my all time favorite... out of any group or song.... my mom got the beatles 1 cd before i was really into them... but i kinda stole it from her recently and i listen to it all the time... love it love it!
0 likes - like | 30-11-2005 02:09 zeppelin4ever 
64 posts
This song is very deep. It makes me think about all
the people at school that are put down and ignored and have no friends because of a stupid reason and makes me hate spoiled bratty teens. It has a spine-tingling feel to it that you can't get from other artists.
0 likes - like | 11-11-2005 09:04 BoSound 
117 posts
Great song writing, everything just went together real well.
0 likes - like | 22-10-2005 14:25 Aluna 
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0 likes - like | 15-08-2005 18:49 lexxaplexx 
28 posts
amazing song... did u listen to the strings only version on anthology 2.? it too is awesome
0 likes - like | 09-08-2005 04:36 TheCowHerder 
28 posts
I love this song. It's the song that got me into the Beatles...

* offtopic :
Why are sooo many kids my age Beatles haters? >_ Come on, The Beatles completely own your MCR and Nelly and Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne and yeah...
0 likes - like | 02-08-2005 01:18 Puddlebrain 
441 posts
this is one of my favorite beatles songs and proboly the best one from their album revolver

0 likes - like | 30-07-2005 18:03 aratquariel 
128 posts
It is sad...And the beatles are I didnt just copy what you said ^^...
0 likes - like | 30-07-2005 18:00 Kinsdragon1 
249 posts
the beatles are great and this song is so sad.
0 likes - like | 06-07-2005 07:52 ribosom 
323 posts
I really really love the song and The Beatles of course!
0 likes - like | 25-04-2005 03:26 Rock_N_Fn_Roll 
8 posts
Great Song! I like it, sounds like they are interpreting the world going through a stage of depression... Kind of like the world I am currently leaving... I this song, along with 'Yesterday' is helping me realise I am not alone in my hour of darkness! The Beatles have inspired me to be a better person... And to the people who are saying the Beatles are all talent-less stoners if that is all they are then too bad! I am still following in all their foot steps! I don't care if I get locked up! They are the greatest and I want the world to know!!! Rock on Beatles! My poetry, songs and music are all similar to the Beatles style (although I am Australian and a female) The Beatles are my life!!! BYE!
0 likes - like | 02-04-2005 18:52 nelly_2819 
81 posts
we played this song for marching band (yes in the football games) and it made me like the beatles even though theyre an old band and i usually dont like old bands. this songs awsome! great tune! and its easy for it to get stuck in ur head...

i lurve the beatles
0 likes - like | 22-03-2005 03:21 beefwellington 
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Our 8th Grade Swing Choir did this song, imagine that.