Last Thursday I played cocktail piano music for the Grace Academy Graduation Fundraiser at the Bushnell. Naturally, I played some Beatles rep, and discovered an interesting similarity in the chord progressions of Lennon's "Girl" and Harrison's "Something". Though not identical, there is clearly a strong correlation between the two progressions. This similarity is illustrated by the graphic below (click to enlarge).
Formal structure of  "Girl"
Verse 1 0:00-0:21* C minor
Chorus 0:21-0:31 E-flat major
Verse 2 0:31-0:51 C minor
Chorus 0:51-1:01 E-flat major
Middle 8 1:01-1:20 F minor
Chorus 1:20-1:30 E-flat major
Verse 3 1:30-1:50 C minor
Chorus 1:50-2:00 E-flat major
Solo 2:00-2:20 C minor
Coda (chorus) 2:20-2:30 E-flat major
Comments: The most interesting aspect structurally speaking is the tonal relationships: the verses are in C minor, while the choruses are in the relative major of E-flat. The Beatles have used the parallel major and minor in four other tunes to date ( "I'll Be Back",  "Things We Said Today",  "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", and  "Michelle"), but the only tune to play with the relative major and minor so far has been  "Wait".
“Girl” uses no introduction - it just launches right into first verse (like  "All My Loving",  "Not a Second Time", [29b] "Long Tall Sally",  "No Reply", [46b] "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", and  "I'm Down",  "Wait", and  “We Can Work it Out”).
Additionally, the middle 8 is in F minor, an unusual relationship to the home key of C minor.
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