Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck Sue Man Who Alleges They Stole Lyrics From Poem

Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck Sue Man Who Alleges They Stole Lyrics From Poem

Johnny Depp. Jeff Beck
It’s Textbook Shakedown!

10/21/2022 12: 47 PM PT

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck are firing back at the author who claimed they jacked lyrics to one of their songs from an old poem … calling the whole thing a cash grab.

Johnny and Jeff just filed a lawsuit against folklorist Bruce Jackson, who accused the duo of stealing the lyrics to their song “Sad Motherfg Parade” from an old toast performed by an inmate and shared in one of Jackson’s books.

According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Johnny and Jeff say the toast, known as “Hobo Ben,” doesn’t have clear origins, and they claim Jackson even admitted the person who shared the poem with him admitted it was passed down over time like an old folktale.

In other words, they claim it belongs to nobody.

The “Hobo Ben” toast goes… “Ladies so rich in culture and beauty, is there anyone who would give me wine?” I’m a raggedy, I know, but I don’t stink. God bless the lady who’ll buy me a drink. Hattie, a heavy-hipted woman, turned to Nadine and laughed, saying, “What does that funky motherf really need? A bath.” ‘”

The song lyrics of Johnny and Jeff’s new album are very similar to the “Hobo Benjamin” poem: “I’m raggedy,” I know, but it doesn’t matter. God bless a lady who’ll buy me something to drink.”… and “What the funky motherf really needs, child, is a good bath. “

In their suit, Johnny & Jeff claim Jackson sent legal letters claiming he was the rightful holder of “the only known authorized transcription & recording of “Hobo Ben”. But the pair claim Jackson never claimed he owned the toast’s rights because he knew that he couldn’t own a copyright for an old folktale.

Jackson’s also blasted Johnny and Jeff in the media, telling Rolling Stone … “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. “

Johnny, Jeff and others are ripping Jackson for “an old-fashioned shakedown”. They want damages and for a judge or jury to declare that they didn’t infringe copyright by using portions of the “Hobo Ben” toast in their song.

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