"Across the Universe" is unusual in the Beatles catalog because it exists in multiple versions: It was first released in 1969 as part of a "World Wildlife Fund" album (and now easily found on Past Masters Volume 2), then a year later it was included on the album Let it Be, and then again in 2003 as part of Paul McCartney's re-make Let it Be ... Naked. The basic formal design of all three is identical, although the timing is different. Here I am including those timings for all three.
Formal structure of "Across the Universe":
Comments: While there are significant differences between these three takes in terms of tempo and thus timing, all three versions do share identical structures. This structure can be seen as three iterations of a verse and chorus, all bookended by an intro and coda.
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