Monday, January 26, 2015

YOU CAN STAND ME UP AT THE GATES OF HELL, BUT I STILL WON'T WEAR A TIE: Did you notice how Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" sounds like Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," especially in the chorus?  So did Tom Petty's lawyers, apparently, and Petty (and Jeff Lynne) now receive co-writing credits and a cut of the royalties.

Previously from our Don't Rip Off Tom Petty Desk.


  1. I bet any judge scoff a bit that the three writers claimed they were unfamiliar with "Won't Back Down."

    JUDGE: Really? "Haaaaaaaaay baby, there ain't no easy way out?" No?

  2. The Pathetic Earthling8:26 AM

    I think I'm basically tone deaf, because I've listened to it twice and I still don't hear it.

  3. Jordan1:31 PM

    It's not one to one, they did change it a little. This video tweaks them both slightly to show how they overlap: