The second take Lennon recorded of "It's Not Too Bad" in Spain is nearly identical to the first, and thus provides no real insight. More revealing is his next take. Therefore it is that third take that will be discussed here.
A recording may be found on this YouTube video, from 2:32-4:01.
A transcription of this third take is below. (Click the picture to enlarge.)
Note: In many instances, the rhythms have been simplified for the sake of visual simplicity.
There are two significant developments to be observed in this third take: First, lyrics to the initial line have been written - and they will change only slightly between this third take and the completed recording of "Strawberry Fields Forever".
Second, this take is the first instance of what would ultimately become the chorus. But the harmonic rhythm (the rate of chord changes) will change considerably, and the progression will be altered slightly near the end.
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