"Get Back" is unusual in the Beatles catalog because it actually exists in three similar but slightly different versions: as a single, on the album Let it Be, and on the 2003 re-make album Let it Be ... Naked. Since all three versions share formal designs, this blog will compare all three side by side.
Formal structure of  "Get Back":
Comments: Setting a new Beatles record, "Get Back" is the first to use three different solos. Several previous recordings used two ([29b] "Long Tall Sally",  "I'm a Loser", [46b] "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", [46e] "Honey Don't",  "I'm Down", and  "The Fool on the Hill"), but "Get Back" is the first to use three.
All three versions of "Get Back" feature the same three solos: the first and third guitar solos played by John Lennon, the second an organ solo by Billy Preston.
Two macro-scale patterns are at play in "Get Back": the first being the combination of verse + chorus, the second being the combination of solo + chorus + extension. Both appear twice, as illustrated below.
Right in the middle is Preston's keyboard solo, all of which is bookended by the introduction and coda.
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