A Narrative of Writing About Eleanor Rigby, a Song by the Beatles

For this assignment, I decided to write about the song Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles because that is one of my absolute favorite songs by them, and when I saw them listed under the notes for Unit 7 I immediately grew very elated because I’ve grown up listening to them and they are very near and dear to my heart.

The song Eleanor Rigby sounds very melancholy to me because the lyrics talk about “all the lonely people” and inquires about what happens to them. It also is about the concerns of the neglected elderly. Something to be noted about this song is that the background is a double string quartet, which isn’t something one would immediately think to hear in a song by a rock band. During the second chorus, “Ah, look at all the lonely people,” there is a slight crescendo going from about a mezzo piano to maybe a mezzo forte and back down. Backing the voice of Paul McCartney in the verses, a cello plays staccato notes that sound like they are creeping around in the background. During chorus one, “All the lonely people, where do they all come from? All the lonely people, where do they all belong?,” a lone violin sounds and adds to the sad feel of the piece. Also added in chorus one is harmony vocals done by John Lennon and George Harrison. The song basically repeats itself, going from the second chorus to the verses where the cellos have their moment to the first chorus and back to the second chorus and so on.

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