While the introduction is purposely labored for dramatic effect, it can still be parsed out to be twelve measures in length. It consists of Paul playing piano from the rhythm track with overdubbed lead vocals, and John playing simple lead guitar flourishes. John's quiet guitar passages are heard in the open spaces between vocal lines in measures two, four, six, eight and twelve, the final one incorporating an anticipatory segue into the first verse that follows.
The final measure of the introduction concludes with a descending piano line that takes us perfectly into the body of the song. The first verse then appears which, like all the verses that follow, is eight measures in length.
The full instrumentation of the rhythm track comes in immediately, consisting of piano, guitar, bass and drums played by all four Beatles, as well as Paul's overdubbed single-tracked lead vocals. Ringo appears to be playing lightly with brushes throughout the song while George thumps with staccato bass notes and John strums electric guitar appropriately for the nostalgic feel of the song.
George Martin's clarinet and saxophone score is first heard in the seventh and eighth measures. This verse goes directly into the second verse which has the exact same instrumentation but with the clarinets and saxophones playing throughout all of the measures, ending with a descending line juxtaposed nicely with the chord pattern that moves us into the bridge. The bridge is also eight measures long and consists of the same instrumentation as the second verse.
The clarinets and saxophones take a backseat in the arrangement for the first of these instrumental verses, playing only background chords to allow for John's guitar solo.
Also noteworthy here are the third and fourth measures which both contain two accented beats performed by the instrumentalists, Ringo doing an overdubbed cymbal grab on every beat followed by two light taps on the closed hi-hats after each pair. These accented beats also occur in the eighth measure but without the cymbal grabs. The second instrumental verse is similar but shows the clarinets and saxophones taking more of a lead role since the guitar solo is limited only to the third and fourth measure this time.
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