Johnny Depp And Jeff Beck Accused Of Stealing Song Lyrics From A Poem

A song from Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck’s collaboration album 18 allegedly contains lines from a poem written by a jailed individual. The duo has been accused of stealing many lines from the poem “Hobo Ben” for their song “Sad Motherf**kin’ Parade.”

Slim Wilson, a self-proclaimed cheat and pimp who spent time for murder and armed robbery, wrote the poem. In 1964, while incarcerated at Missouri State Penitentiary. Wilson met folklorist Bruce Jackson, who recorded his poetry and toasts- “a comedic kind of narrative Black folk poetry, related to hobo balladry”. He wrote this poem to include it in Jackson’s 1974 book, a collection of the latter artform.

“Get Your A** in the Water” and “Swim Like Me” are two other titles that were followed two years later by an album of the same name. It also included the toast “Hobo Ben” as well.

The report suggests that many lines of Depp’s new songs include the lines from the poem like I’m raggedy, I know, but I have no stink”, “God bless the lady that’ll buy me a drink” and “What that funky motherf**ker really needs, the child is a bath.”

Jackson, a lecturer at the University of Buffalo has told Rolling Stone that the only self-incarnated line from Johnny and Beck he found in the lyrics were Big time motherf**ker’ and ‘Bust it down to my level,’. Everything else is from my book he said.

I’ve never encountered anything like this. I’ve been publishing stuff for 50 years, and this is the first time anybody has just ripped something off and put his own name on it” He continued.

The Original Rendition Hobo Ben

“Sad Motherf**kin’ Parade” cites Beck and Depp as its sole songwriters, although the original composition of “Hobo Ben,” a literature piece passed down through a competitive oral tradition, will likely be impossible to locate, as well copyright ownership. Michael Lee Jackson, Jackson’s son, revealed that legal possibilities had been investigated. “They do not accurately reflect the authorship of those lyrics.

I’m not sure if this record is selling,” Bruce admitted of 18. “I’ve seen some reviews that I’d be embarrassed to have received if it had been my record.” But if it sells, Johnny Depp will make a lot of money. Should it go to him or somewhere that benefits the people who created this culture?

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