• Fri, Nov 2 2012

Taylor Swift Has Enough Of Her Own Drama Without Plagiarizing Someone

Taylor Swift steal lyrics Matt Nathanson "and i forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to" Red "All Too Well" plagiarism dramaUsually the kerfuffle around Taylor Swift‘s lyrics is which ex-boyfriend she’s gonna call out next (or our best bet for next victim, the Country Music Awards). But recently, Tay has come under fire for an entirely different matter: Plagiarism.

Props to Oh No They Didn’t for picking up on this story: Last week, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson all but accused Taylor of stealing his lyrics in a tweet. Matt’s 2003 song “I Saw” has a line that goes And I’ll forget about you long enough to forget why I need to. ”All Too Well,” the latest single off Taylor’s new album Red, has the country music phenomenon crooning, And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to.

The plot thickens when you realize that Taylor is a self-professed fan of Matt’s and has even written his lyrics on her arm at concerts. Here’s the tweet that Matt posted last week and then, mysteriously, deleted:

Taylor Swift steal lyrics Matt Nathanson "and i forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to" Red "All Too Well" plagiarism drama

Could Taylor’s people have gotten to him, or did he change his mind? The way we see it, it’s unlikely that Taylor intentionally plagiarized Matt, if only because she has enough drama on her plate. Seriously, this girl has drawn criticism for dating 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, and we all know what happens when a guy who’s been involved with her breaks things off. She also got trolled by 4chan and managed to come out on top, which is still mind-boggling. She’s got Hollywood men and Anonymous firing back at her and has to pretend to still look surprised when she takes home all the awards. (Except at last night’s CMAs.)

And meaning no disrespect to either Taylor or Matt, that lyric is the kind of thing I could see a lot of lovelorn young women writing. Not because it’s bad, but because it’s such a universal idea. You know how when an internet meme starts and multiple people make the same joke? Like with Hurricane Sandy, I saw five variations on “maybe Gangnam Style is a rain dance and we brought this on ourselves” on my newsfeed from entirely separate friend groups. I totally subscribe to the idea of the collective unconsciousness.

Maybe she did hear the lyric at one point and then worked it into her new song, but I don’t think she was stupid enough to bring on even more trouble by intentionally stealing someone else’s lyrics, especially a singer who’s been around since she was four years old. But compare the two songs and decide for yourself:

2:13 – And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to

1:44 – And I’ll forget about you long enough to forget why I need to

Still, Taylor might want to do some Google searches before writing her next album.

Photo: Judy Eddy/WENN.com

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  • Jenni

    I’m no Taylor Swift fan, but that line’s so generic that I highly doubt she plagiarized it. I’m sure you can find 45 middle school girls right now who could say something very similar.

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      Now that’s just plain bitchy.

  • Rachel

    For a bunch of adult women, writing for a women-focused magazine, you guys really dislike Taylor Swift. You’d think you’d have at least a couple of positive articles to write about such a good role model for young girls.

    But it seems like everything you post about her (which seems to be at least once a day lately) has a negative angle. Great way to promote successful females Crushable! You’ve lost a frequent reader.

    • Jenni

      Hey Rachel! I’m sorry to lose a reader over our Taylor Swift coverage, but we’ll have to agree to disagree on her role model status for young girls. While we’re not big fans of her, we do try to support the women we love.

      Did you have a chance to read our 25 Crushable Women under 25 post? We highlight all the successful young women we think are great role models.

      http://crushable.com/entertainment/25-crushable-girls-under-25-for-2012/

      Also wanted to put it out there that the reason we’re covering her almost daily now is that since she’s promoting Red, there’s several news items about her daily. As a celebrity site, we try to stay on top of the news cycle and cover all the big items.

      Hope you don’t hate us forever!

    • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

      What is this role model crap. Taylor Swift is fabulously rich. That’s the role model in a capitalistic world whatever mommies think.

    • Jen

      how are you NOT big fans of hers?? like really though who else out there is better? rihanna? lad gaga?

    • lalala

      I’m pretty sure they’re defending her by saying there’s no way she plagiarized………even if they don’t like her this isn’t a negative article towards her.

    • Soshiloveable

      taylor swift is a good role model? A GOOD ROLE MODEL DOES NOT HAVE THAT MANY BOYFRIENDS! she is turning into a whore with the increasing number

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  • anon

    The first line of Matt Nathanson’s 2008 song Come on Get Higher is “I miss the sound of your voice”

    That EXACT line is from a Motley Crew song If I Die Tomorrow released in 2005.

    • David

      M Crew should sue. Oh, wait, Matt probably doesn’t have much money. Swift’s song borrows numerous common phrases (“running scared” –Roy Orbison; “Lost in Translation” — movie title).

      But Taylor’s masterpiece of a song is nothing even remotely like the insignificant “I Saw” in terms of melody, song construction, or even the overall lyrics.

  • Soshiloveable

    read why conor kennedy broke off with taylor swift: she was too serious and fast

    • Alia

      What does this have to do with anything? Philipp’s comment wasn’t about Connor Kennedy, it was about role models.

  • Soshiloveable

    http://www .lollipop.sg/stomp/lollipop/the_insider/1388978/taylor_swift_was_too_serious_for_connor-kennedy.html

  • Philipp

    i hat this role model thing in general.We are humans.Not angels.Always this thing of being nice,doing nothing wrong.So stupid.Everyone has a dark side and ups and downs.If i would like to have a role model I’d rather have someone who made experiences in live and someone who can admit mistakes.That are real people for me and not those people always pretending to be the good girl or boy or whatever.But i think some people are just worried that children could get a bad influences but actually it keeps them away from making and learning from mistakes and being an interesting character.