The Beatles’ Paul McCartney has written sequels to Eleanor Rigby.
THE BEATLES: Paul McCartney penned Eleanor Rigby, one of the band’s most iconic songs, and now he’s announced he’s done it again – but no one will ever hear it.
Eleanor Rigby is one of the saddest songs written by The Beatles. The song was released in August 1966 and was featured on Revolver, the band’s seventh album. The lyrics sing of a lonely old woman and a bemoaning priest named Father McKenzie.
In a recent interview, Paul McCartney said of Eleanor Rigby, “I’ve still got a few [similar songs]that I haven’t released because I don’t think they’re that fantastic.”
He then went on to explain why he wrote these story-driven songs behind closed doors.
“It’s quite a wonderful thing to do, to simply come up with a name for a character and try to create the story of that character and then make it work with another character,” the Beatle continued.
“Eleanor Rigby, I accomplished it with just a few,” he explained. Eleanor and Father McKenzie.”
McCartney then pondered why he thought songs like Eleanor Rigby were so memorable to his fans.
“With my tale songs, aside from Eleanor Rigby, a lot of them tend to be comedy,” he observed.
“It’s just me being sarcastic, whereas Eleanor Rigby was more serious.” (From the September edition of Uncut)
“I believe that is why it was more successful,” he continued.
Eleanor Rigby was written by McCartney in early 1966, but the first version was quite different.
Daisy Hawkins was the inspiration for the single at first, and the celebrity named it after her.
“I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it,” he said of the writing process. The first few bars just came to me, then I came up with this name… ‘In the church, Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice.’
“I’m not sure why. I couldn’t think of anything else, so I set it aside for the day.”
He also stated that Father McKenzie was going to be Father McCartney at one point.
However, McCartney eventually realized that his name may be misunderstood.
“I assumed people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sat knitting his socks,” he continued.
“Dad is a happy young man. So I looked in the phone book and found the name McKenzie.”
Eleanor Rigby was released on the same side as Yellow Submarine as a double A-side.
The song was a major hit, reaching number one on the charts. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”