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Daily Poem – Eleanor Rigby

September 16, 2014

“Eleanor Rigby”

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 was 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 to a sermon that no one will near,
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 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, where do they all come from ?
(ah, look at all the lonely people)
All the lonely people, where do they all belong ?
(ah, look at all the lonely people)

 

Some years ago, Paul McCartney, famous musician and fledgling poet, took a deep breath and showed a selection of his poetic works in progress to his old friend Allen Ginsberg.

Ginsberg, who was visiting Mr. McCartney at his house in Sussex, England, had some thoughts. ”He was all for economy,” Sir Paul, as he has been known the last few years, said recently in his friendly Liverpudlian lilt, recalling his frisson of fear when Ginsberg took out his pencil and began cutting and tweaking. ”He said to me: ‘Never use the word ”the.” And also try to avoid ”ing” — don’t use ”singing,” but use ”sing” instead.’ ”

When Ginsberg suggested he change a poem beginning ”Two doors open on the 18th of June” to ”Two doors open. June 18,” the lyricist put his foot down. ”I said it’s great, but you’re making me into a New York Beat poet,” said Sir Paul, who kept a copy of the scribbled-over ”Ginsberg Variations,” as he calls them, for posterity, though he took none of Ginsberg’s suggestions.

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