Eleanor's Dream

Written by Paul McCartney Instrumental

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

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Song facts

Eleanor’s Dream” is a piece of classical music written by Paul McCartney for his 1984 movie “Give My Regards To Broad Street“, and served as a 6-minute long coda of “Eleanor Rigby“. As Paul McCartney explained:

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

The LP version is considerably shorter than the version on CD or in the movie, only lasting 1:01 minutes instead of the 6 minutes.

From tracks.co.uk – A set of 8 original colour lobby cards from the 1984 film Give My Regards To Broad Street. The cards depict scenes from the film along with copyright details and the film title underneath. Each measure 35.5cm x 28cm (14 inches x 11 inches).

Last updated on April 1, 2020

Officially appears on

Give My Regards To Broad Street (CD version)

Official album • Released in 1984

6:03 • Studio versionA • Stereo

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

Give My Regards To Broad Street (LP version)

Official album • Released in 1984

1:01 • Studio version • Stereo

Give My Regards To Broad Street (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

0:00 • Studio version • Stereo • 1993 remaster


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.

Going further

Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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