Eleanor Rigby

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💀HAPPY HALLOWEEN 💀 to all our amazing fans ❤️
We wanted to do something a little different this year and so here’s our cover of @TheBeatles’s ‘Eleanor Rigby’. What a year… To anyone out there struggling with isolation and loneliness, this one’s for you. Link in bio.

The song ‘Eleanor Rigby’ really is a sad and extremely poignant song, dealing with issues of disillusionment, loneliness, and isolation in society.
‘Look at all the lonely people' - is a lyric that has stuck with us forever.
We wondered about a modern day Eleanor Rigby, and what it would be like if a character like her was alive today and experiencing 2020. We felt some of the song’s themes dovetailed closely with the negative revelations surrounding the mass adoption of social media, phone addiction and the proliferation of the ‘pseudo-connections’ these platforms provide. The artwork for our cover version shows a young ‘Eleanor Rigby’, illuminated by her device, dependent on it, manipulated by it, and totally in the clutches of addiction to it. ‘Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door’ - this facade or metaphorical mask that she puts on is now perhaps equivalent to today’s face modifying filters. The notion of ‘keeping up appearances’ despite problems / unhappiness is problematic. The pandemic and resulting lockdowns have of course also given many of us a strong experience of loneliness in the real world. We have been trying to deal with our personal experience of this by being creative, which has been a much needed port in the storm. We’ve alway found music to be a great comfort and we hope you guys do too. HUGE love to all you guys. We’re working hard to finish up album 3!

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 (ah, look at all the lonely people)
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people (ah, look at all the lonely people)
Where do they all belong?

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released October 28, 2020
Written by Lennon & McCartney
Produced by Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway & Alex Gingell
Mixed by Carl Bown & James Pinder

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