Paul McCartney wasn't sure what this song was going to be about untilhe came up with the line, "Picks up the rice in a church where awedding has been." That's when he came up with the story an old,lonely woman.McCartney got "Rigby" from the name of a store and"Eleanor" from actress Eleanor Bron. He liked the name "Eleanor Rigby"because it sounded natural.
Bowie wrote this after seeing the 1968 Stanley Kubrick movie <i>2001:A Space Odyssey</i>. "Space Oddity" is a play on "SpaceOdyssey."The song tells the story of Major Tom, an astronaut who cutsoff communication with Earth and floats into space.
The lyrics were written by a steel guitar player from Nashville named Tommy Durden.He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind anote saying only, "I walk a lonely street." Another Nashville songwriter named MaeBoren Axton wrote the music, and Elvis' manager Tom Parker arranged for Elvis toreceive a songwriting credit in exchange for singing it. This meant that royalties weresplit between Durden, Axton, and Elvis. In a 1982 interview, Durden said this song "haspaid the rent for more than 20 years."
This song is about a guy stranded on a remote island. One day he finds a bottle, putsa message in it and throws it out to sea in hopes that someone will find it and comesave him. The lyrics can be seen as a metaphor for being lonely and realizing thereare lots of people just like you.