Musical coincidences # 359

January 11, 2013

My blogging friend Zolland (Howdy, Zolland!) told me about this one via Twitter.

This coincidence is a bit contentious. I think it’s not much of a coincidence at all, but Paul McCartney thinks otherwise.

(Just to clear up any possible misinterpretation of that previous sentence: I’ve never met Paul McCartney, let alone had a conversation with him about any songs. I’m fairly certain that Mr. McCartney is completely unaware of my existence.)

Anyway, Zolland tweeted that TLC‘s “Waterfalls” ripped off Paul McCartney‘s “Waterfalls“.

As I do with any coincidence – whether it was spotted by me or someone else (thanks, Zolland!) – I go looking to see if it’s been noted anywhere. So I went to the Wikipedia entry for TLC’s “Waterfalls”, and it mentioned the coincidence, citing this part of an A.V. Club interview with Paul McCartney from 2007:

AVC: Are there any songs of yours that you think deserved to be bigger than they were?

PM: There’s quite a few, actually. I like… There’s one called “Daytime Nighttime Suffering,” which I think’s really cool. One called “Waterfalls,” I think is nice. In fact, somebody had a hit, a few years ago, using the first line, “Don’t go jumping waterfalls / Please stick to the lake…” And then they go off into another song. It’s like, “Excuse me?”

AVC: TLC ripped off Paul McCartney? I had no idea!

PM: I think so.

I wasn’t familiar with TLC’s “Waterfalls”, so I zoomed on over to YouTube to hear it. I heard it. But I didn’t hear much of a coincidence.

Here are the TLC lyrics in the chorus of their “Waterfalls”:

Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to

And Mr. McCartney’s in his “Waterfalls”:

Don’t go jumping waterfalls
Please keep to the lake

Not once do TLC sing about “jumping waterfalls”, and not once does Mr. McCartney sing “chasing waterfalls”.

Sure, TLC may have pinched the lyrical idea, but I don’t think it’s a big deal at all – certainly not big enough for Mr. McCartney to feel aggrieved over. And the rest of the lyrics in the TLC song have nothing in common with PMcC’s lyrics. TLC do use the word “rainbow”, and Mr. McCartney uses the word “randrop”. Should Paul be bothered that TLC appropriated the “rain” part of “raindrop” for their “rainbow”?

Or how about 10cc‘s 1973 song, “Waterfall”? Did Paul McCartney rip that off?

Here are the songs in question. I’ll let you decide how ripped off Mr. McCartney was:

TLC – “Waterfalls


Paul McCartney – “Waterfalls


And here’s the 10cc song. Did Paul McCartney rip them off?

10cc – “Waterfall (1973)


Song of the day: Paul McCartney – "Ballroom Dancing"

October 24, 2011

Here’s Paul McCartney with probably my favourite song on Tug Of War. It’s certainly in my list of Top 300 Paul McCartney songs:

Paul McCartney – “Ballroom Dancing” (1982)


Tomorrow I’ll play you another “Dancing” song (from the same year) I like enormously.

Musical coincidences # 130

September 29, 2011

Today’s coincidence involves nothing more than a chromatic scale – in one of the songs it goes up and in t’ other it goes down. Apart from that, these two songs have only one thing in common: I love ’em.

The one that goes up:

Wings – “Rock Show (1975) (excerpt)


The one that goes down:

Cheap Trick – “Clock Strikes Ten (1978) (excerpt)


And the full versions:

Wings – “Rock Show (1975)


Cheap Trick – “Clock Strikes Ten (1978)


Musical coincidences # 54

November 1, 2010

This coincidence features tracks by Josh Fix and a certain Mr. McCartney.

You’re no doubt aware of Mr. McCartney, the most successful musician in history, so any attempts by me to describe him will be less than pointless. On the other hand, you may not have heard as much about Josh Fix.

Josh released his debut album, Free At Last, in 2008, and a lot of bloggers all over this thing we call the Internet praised it to the heavens, putting it near the top of their best-power-pop-album-of-the-year lists (e.g., Powerpopaholic, Not Lame,

Now to the coincidence. “Don’t Call Me In The Morning” is the opening track of Josh’s album, and the drumming at the very start of it reminds me a fair bit of the drumming at the very start of a Mr. McCartney song. Here’s how each songs starts:

Josh Fix – “Don’t Call Me In The Morning” (2008) (excerpt)


Paul McCartney – “Take It Away (1982) (excerpt)


That’s enough of a similarity for me to rub my chin and say “Hmm.” But that’s where the similarity between the two songs ends (as far as I can tell).

Here are the full versions:

Josh Fix – “Don’t Call Me In The Morning” (2007)


Paul McCartney – “Take It Away” (1982)


Josh Fix official website
Josh Fix on Facebook
Josh Fix on MySpace

Paul McCartney official website
Paul McCartney on Facebook
Paul McCartney on MySpace

Musical coincidences # 11

July 5, 2009

Speaking of Queen (well, I did yesterday), here’s the main piano part in the verse* of “Bohemian Rhapsody“:

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) (excerpt)


(*Is it a verse? Does this song have verses?)

And here’s the beginning of “Man We Was Lonely” from Paul McCartney‘s 1970 solo album, McCartney:

Paul McCartney – “Man We Was Lonely” (1970) (excerpt)


Unless “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s author Freddie Mercury was a huge fan of Paul’s first solo album (unlikely), I reckon it’s a coincidence (likely).

Incidentally, in “Man We Was Lonely” Paul sings the following:

I used to ride on my fast city line
Singing songs that I thought were mine alone

Not any more, Paul, not any more.

Anyway, here are the full versions:

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)


Paul McCartney – “Man We Was Lonely” (1970)