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A question about "Eleanor Rigby" Eleanor Rigby, picks up the rice In the church where a wedding has been I want to draw the image of this lyrics exactly. Especially about the tense. Which is correct? A. Eleanor Rigby is picking up the rice while wedding ceremony is going on. B. Eleanor Rigby is picking up the rice in the church after the wedding ceremony has ended. C. Both are possible.
Aug 29, 2020 4:24 AM
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has been. Past, over, finished. B . it's a wedding, any wedding.
August 29, 2020
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 we have from the lyrics is "picks up". It could be habitual action. Or it could just be a moment in time, a tiny slice of their community that McCartney gives us. He does that in several songs of that era. He said later that the song is about an old, lonely woman - which is supported by the lyrics. The implication is that she is thinking about weddings, and the wedding she perhaps never had. She is certainly on her own at the time McCartney writes and sings about her: the make-up line tells us that. "The face that she wears" - this used to be a common usage for women, way back when: "to put your face on" was to put on your make-up so that you can go out and face the world. But make-up also has that element of making yourself attractive: and she has noone to make herself attractive for. "Who is it for? "
August 29, 2020
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