Hello everyone who's about to fall over themselves to welcome me to the forums! When I was a lad...I thought the repeated first line from "Eleanor Rigby" was "What about all the lonely people?", expressing sympathy. Rather disappointing finding it was really "Ah, look at all the lonely people", which seems comparatively more crass.
I see this in a different way.
The song starts with an exclamation (Aaah
!) - and when you use that kind of word, you want to draw people's attention. (Aaah! Look at that!)
The next is: Look at the lonely people
! - it is pointed out to us, to take a look or to notice all that lonely people. So, I think it is very subtle.
Just for comparison - John used the same thing for effect in Gimme Some Truth
:Ah, I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth now
Just gimme some truth nowhttp://www.metrolyrics.com/just-gimme-some-truth-lyrics-john-lennon.html
So, the lyrics are more convincing: I'm really sick and tired of those hypocrites...
And it is not just short 'ah' - John sings it like this: painful and prolounged 'AAAaaaaah!'.
As for misheard lyrics in ER - I thought the line goes - I look at all the lonely people