Eleanor Rigby

Today, when searching a few other songs, I came across The Beatles’ song “Eleanor Rigby.”

I distinctly remember it from my childhood as the first song where I learned words for feelings of loneliness and other darker emotions. That was back in 1966 which, from a health perspective, was a pretty terrible year for me. No doubt, my inner circumstances affected how the song reached me, though as a six-year-old, I couldn’t completely understand its meaning. But I certainly took in the vibe, and the feeling has remained with me since. It’s a powerful piece, in my opinion; very dark and hopeless. Full of negative images: utter loneliness, soulless people and institutions, and death.

I can’t say I truly enjoy the song, though it is a brilliant piece of writing and skillful production, arranged by producer George Martin and complemented by a double string quartet.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here.

The song is featured here in a video excerpt from the animated film, Yellow Submarine, from The Beatles’ official Youtube channel.

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