The Independent has a story right now that Eleanor Rigby may have been a real person, although for years Paul McCartney has denied such.
But a fascinating document that is to be sold at auction this month suggests that he knew more than he was letting on. It is a page from an accounts log kept by the Corporation of Liverpool, which records the wages paid in 1911 to a scullery maid working for the City Hospital in Parkhill, who signed her name “E. Rigby”.
The document belongs to Annie Mawson, who runs a charity in Cumbria teaching music to children with learning difficulties and other disabilities. She received it from somebody working in McCartney’s office after she sent him a letter describing how she had taught a severely autistic boy to play “Yellow Submarine”. Now she hopes that the money raised from the sale will go towards paying for a permanent premises for her charity, the Sunbeam Music Trust.
If you want me to cry like a baby before a promptly kiss you needily on the mouth, play Eleanor Rigby. I’m not usually that kind of person, but the song just tears me up.
The idea that she might have been real is …
I don’t know. Just flu rambling on a Tuesday night that has nothing to do with politics, thank goodness.
Photo of the Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool.