I would argue that the song "Geraldine" by Glasvegas (embedded below) follows an AABA structure, as there is variation in the second A repeat; however, a melody from the original repeats before entering into a second instrumental.

However, I've seen it described here as following an AABCB structure. What is your opinion?

  • Prefacing a question 'in your opinion' on this site is asking for trouble.
    – Tim
    Commented Dec 6, 2020 at 18:57
  • @Tim To be fair, pretty much all musical analysis, if not all, are to a certain degree subjective.
    – Divide1918
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 14:54

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[0:00]-[0:44] Intro
[0:44]-[1:16] Verse I (The verse structure is AA')
[1:16]-[1:32] Interlude
[1:32]-[2:04] Verse II (The AACBC analysis considers the second half of Verse II to be the chorus)
[2:04]-[2:20] Interlude
[2:20]-[2:52] Chorus (The AACBC analysis considers this the bridge.)
[2:52]-[3:24] Guitar solo / Interlude
[3:24]-[3:40] Half-verse (A' of Verse II)
[3:40]-[4:03] Outro

The verses have a two-part structure, AA', so the lyric form of the song is AA' AA" B A". IMO, the suggestion of an overall AABA form is better reflective of how the song is put together than AABCB. However, AABCB is not entirely wrong, just misleading. What they call B is better called A'.

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