Formal structure of  "It's Only Love":
Intro (bridge) 0:00-0:10*
Verse 1 0:10-0:27
Verse 2 0:52-1:09
Coda (bridge) 1:39-157*
Comments: Last chorus extended to propel the song to its conclusion. Similar extensions served similar purposes in  Thank You Girl,  She Loves You,  All I've Got To Do,  I Want to Hold Your Hand,  "What You're Doing",  "I Feel Fine", and  "Tell Me What You See".
The only other Beatles recording to date to use an introduction based on the bridge is [13f] "Please Mister Postman". No other Beatles recording to date uses a coda based on the bridge.
Melodic Similarities Between "It's Only Love" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
"It's Only Love" (from the album Help!) and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" (from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) feature striking melodic similarities.
Both tunes land on the note c, then gradually step down by half-step to b-natural, then b-flat. In between, both share the note g in the first measure, and d in the second. And the final melodic notes in both songs is g.
The underlying chords are also very similar. Both start on C (though the former C major while the latter C minor), then on next measure on B-flat major, and on the third measure G major. In between, the chords are related, but not identical. The chord Em/B uses the notes b-e-g, while G+ uses g-b-d#. Both of these chords share the notes b and g, so they are quite similar. The chord F uses the notes f-a-c, while Dm uses d-f-a. Here, again, these chords share two notes - in this case f and a - so they, too, are quite similar.
Here are both melodies and chords written in lead-sheet notation, "It's Only Love" on top, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" on the bottom:
For an audio example, click here. First the melody from "It's Only Love" is heard, then the melody from "Mr. Kite", and finally the two layered on top of each other.
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