September 6, 2015
This song was written for many purposes in my opinion. I can see numerous themes as I read through the lyrics. The first theme that I noticed is the literal meaning. I could evaluate this from the very first line of the song. It states, “ah look at all the lonely people” (Beatles). Literally, I interpret this as meaning that there are many lonely people in this world. People who have no one to share their lives with but also people who choose to keep all their feelings inside of them. These lonely people shelter themselves from ...view middle of the document...
This song states that, “Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear no one comes near” and “no one was saved” (Beatles). I feel as if a powerful message is said here to the religious listeners of this song. Do I think this song is attacking the religious values of some? That might possibly be the case, however, I can see the argument in an array of spectrums.
Lastly, a theme that stood out to me is when the song stated, “wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door” (Beatles). I think that some people, not only in church but people in everyday life, put on a façade and hide behind their mask. People put on superficial smiles and hide their true emotions.
I interpret the Beatles lyrics as such, and although these lyrics were written over fifty years ago, I see them relevant in society today. Each theme that I mentioned above is pertinent to my generation and for the generations to come. I see lonely people everyday and I see the struggles that are faced with loneliness. I witness problems in the church and accusations towards religious views. I observe superficial people and hidden emotions on a daily basis. There are far more themes in this song than mentioned above. Therefore, I believe that the Beatles’ lyrics to this song are relevant for the past, present, and future generations.
The Beatles. "Eleanor Rigby" Rec. 6 June 1966. George Martin, 1966.