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Eleanor's Dream

Written by Paul McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the Give My Regards To Broad Street Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1984

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Song facts

In the film, “Eleanor Rigby” has to run for about nine minutes although when I wrote the script I had in mind something like a three-minute segment based on the images I have described: Dickensian streets, capes and carriages, swords and altars. But by the time Peter Webb had finished we had this nine minutes of anxiety into nightmare and because “Eleanor Rigby” finishes after three minutes the editor had filled up the time by putting classical music in – it was part of Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

This put George Martin and me in a strange position. We had to write six minutes of classical music because I thought: If this character Brahms could do it, what’s wrong with us doing it? We were rather forced into it by the director, and it’s something we might not have normally attempted to do otherwise.

But it was a challenge we couldn’t resist, to extend and create a new song, rather like “Eleanor Rigby”. Although this was something quite different for me, strangely enough, when I wrote “Eleanor Rigby” I did see that as my future. I was twenty-three or thereabouts and thinking: What am I going to be doing at thirty? And I thought then of serious music. I thought that would be perfect – I wouldn’t have to be glamorous any more. It was going to be my solution to the big problem of what does an old Beatle do!

Then all these years later I was forced into a corner and had to pick up that old dream, and get down to being a classical composer — well, for six minutes or so.

Paul McCartney – From the “Give My Regards To Broad Street” book, Pavilion Books, 1984

Last updated on December 26, 2019

Officially appears on


Give My Regards To Broad Street

Official album • Released in 1984

0:00 • Studio version

George Martin:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer (?)
Kenneth Sillito:
Orchestra leader
Jon Jacobs:
Assistant engineer (?)
Stuart Breed:
Assistant engineer (?)
John Kelly:
Engineer (?)

Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

0:00 • Studio version

Bootlegs


Give My Regards To Broad Street - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

9:12 • Studio version • Eleanor Rigby/


Give My Regards To Broad Street - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:09 • Studio version • Eleanor Rigby/ [LP version]


Broad Street Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

3:09 • Studio version • Eleanor Rigby - (Acetate Edited Version)


Broad Street Sessions

Unofficial album • Released in 2017

12:57 • Studio version • Eleanor Rigby - (Alternate Film Version)

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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