By Ellie Wilkinson
We all know the annoying saying: “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.” The phrase that basically provides justification for people to rip off your ideas. In folk rocker Matt Nathanson’s opinion, Taylor Swift may have taken that saying just a little too much to heart; he’s recently accused her of stealing his lyrics.
With six Grammy awards and a new album that has already sold a record-breaking 1.2 million copies, you would think that Tay-Tay has enough experience to know better. But on Oct. 24, Nathanson accused her of stealing his lyrics in a tweet that has since been deleted: “She’s definitely a fan…and now she’s a thief.”
It is true that Swift is a fan; she has openly shared her admiration of Nathanson’s work twice at concerts. Swift has a performance gimmick where she writes lyrics she likes on her arm for shows, and she’s featured Nathanson’s lyrics twice, once on July 20, 2011 and once on March 6, 2012.
Neither of the lines Swift wrote on her arm in those two instances match up with the lyrics of any song on her new album, Red. But as celeb gossip blog Oh No They Didn’t points out, Swift’s lyrics for “All Too Well,” a song on Red, closely resemble the lyrics to Nathanson’s “I Saw,” a song from his 2003 album, Beneath These Fireworks.
See for yourself:
Taylor Swift’s song “All Too Well” – 2012
2:13-2:24 “And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to.”
Matt Nathanson’s song “I Saw” – 2003
1:44-1:50 “And I’ll forget about you long enough to forget why I need to.”
Coincidence, adoring fan imitation, or blatant stealing? You decide.