STUPIDLY BIGLY – Parody of Eleanor Rigby

Written and performed by Don Caron | Executive producer: Sally Headley
Came across a Wiki about a guy named Carlo M. Cipolla who developed a list that he called The Fundamental Laws of Stupidity. He died in 2000 at the age of 78 but his theory has recently taken on new meaning.


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NSF Study
One out of four think the sun, daily orbits the earth
for what it’s worth

There’s the Flat-Earthers
Swearing the earth is a disc you can fall off the edge
So they allege

All the stupid people
Where do they all come from?
All the stupid people
Where do they all belong?

Man in the White House
doesn’t believe in the science in front of his face
it’s a disgrace

People believe him
even when death is the cost of ignoring the facts
He never retracts

All the stupid people
Where do they all come from?
All the stupid people
Where do they all belong?

Ah, look at all the stupid people
Ah, look at all the stupid people

Human condition
No one’s exempt from effects of the brain’s fatal flaw
A natural law
Forming opinions
based on beliefs that are carried from birth to the grave
No one is saved
All the stupid people (ah, look at all the stupid people)
Where do we all come from?
All the stupid people (ah, look at all the stupid people)
We may not be here long.


“Eleanor Rigby” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles released on their 1966 album “Revolver” and as a single with “Yellow Submarine”. It was written primarily by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The song continued the transformation of the Beatles from a mainly rock and roll- and pop-oriented act to a more experimental, studio-based band. With a string octet arrangement by George Martin and striking lyrics about loneliness, “Eleanor Rigby” broke sharply with popular music conventions, both musically and lyrically. Richie Unterberger of AllMusic cites the band’s “singing about the neglected concerns and fates of the elderly” on the song as “just one example of why the Beatles’ appeal reached so far beyond the traditional rock audience”.

Paul McCartney came up with the melody of “Eleanor Rigby” as he experimented on his piano. However, the original name of the protagonist that he chose was not Eleanor Rigby, but Miss Daisy Hawkins. The singer-composer Donovan reported that he heard McCartney play it before it was finished, with completely different lyrics. In 1966, McCartney recalled how he got the idea for his song:

I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got this name in my head … “Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church”. I don’t know why. I couldn’t think of much more so I put it away for a day. Then the name “Father McCartney” came to me, and all the lonely people. But I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks. Dad’s a happy lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name “McKenzie”.

Others have posited that “Father McKenzie” refers to “Father” Tommy McKenzie, who was the compere at Northwich Memorial Hall.

McCartney said he came up with the name “Eleanor” from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with the Beatles in the film Help!. “Rigby” came from the name of a store in Bristol, “Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers”, which he noticed while seeing his girlfriend of the time, Jane Asher, act in The Happiest Days of Your Life. He recalled in 1984, “I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. ‘Eleanor Rigby’ sounded natural.”

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3 Responses

  1. Sherrie

    Sad – powerful – spot on. Thank you as always for your non-hostile, thought provoking, beautiful portrayals of our national agony……..