Johnny Depp’s name is falling again. This time in a plagiarism case. Together with his associate Jeff Beck, he is accused of stealing a few sentences from a poem for the song ‘Sad motherfuckin’ parade’.
Their new album 18 was published in mid-July. It mainly contains covers, but Depp has also written two songs himself: this is a song for Miss Hedy Lamarr and sad motherfuckin’ parade. In the latter it seems that a few sentences from the poem and song Oboe Ben by Slim Wilson have been used without an appropriate attribution. A spokesperson for the duo has, among other things, The Guardian let them know that they will look into the complaint. “If it is justified, there will be copyright credits be added,” it sounds.
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In Oboe Ben includes the following: I’m raggedy I know, but I have no Stink/And God bless the lady that’ll buy me a drink (…) And said, What that funky motherfucker really need, child, is a bath. Those phrases also appear in the song.
“The only two sentences I could find that Depp and Beck contributed to are “Big time motherfucker” and “Bust it down to my level”, Bruce Jackson tells the magazine Rolling Stone. He wrote a book on Slim Wilson and his poems and is a professor at the University at Buffalo. “The rest comes from Slim’s performance in my book. I’ve never experienced anything like this. I’ve been publishing for fifty years, and this is the first time someone has just stolen something and put their own name on it.”
The song in question is also about the lawsuit he filed against his ex-wife Amber Heard over libel when she accused him of domestic violence.