Musical coincidences # 323

October 30, 2012

My friend Michael (Hi, Michael!) spotted this one:

Train – “50 Ways To Say Goodbye (2012) (excerpt)

Sarah Brightman & Michael Crawford – “The Phantom Of The Opera (1986) (excerpt)

Apparently, Michael isn’t the only one to notice that little coincidence. Wikipedia says:

The melody of the song has also been compared with “The Phantom of the Opera” theme from the musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber.[4][5][6]

However, Wikipedia didn’t mention a coincidence involving the title of the Train song and…

Paul Simon – “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (1975)

Here are the full versions:

Train – “50 Ways To Say Goodbye (2012)

Sarah Brightman & Michael Crawford – “The Phantom Of The Opera (1986)

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