According to multiple reports, American actor and singer, Johnny Depp and Englis Rock guitarist, Jeff Beck allegedly stole the lyrics from a poem written by an incarcerated man.
The information revealed by Rolling Stone shows that the song ‘Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade’ has content from a poem written by Slim Wilson.
Wilson served in prison for murder and armed robbery.
There are claims that Depp and Beck stole the content written by the former inmate.
Hobo Ben, the poem written by Slim Wilson
Bruce Jackson, a folklorist who met Slim Wilson in the Missouri State Penitentiary, documented Wilson’s poetry.
Bruce Jackson illustrated “Black folk poetry” in his 1974 book called, Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me.
The lyrics of Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade:
Hobo Ben was one of the toasts written by Slim Wilson, and it reads:
Ladies of culture and beauty so refined, is there one among you that would grant me wine?
I’m raggedy I know, but I have no stink
And God bless the lady that’ll buy me a drink.
Heavy-hipted Hattie turned to Nadine with a laugh
And said, ‘What that funky motherfucker really need, child, is a bath.
Meanwhile, Depp and Beck’s Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade song says:
“I’m raggedy, I know, but I have no stink”, “God bless the lady that’ll buy me a drink.”
“What that funky motherfucker really needs, child, is a bath”.
Professor Proves Depp and Beck Didn’t Write the Song
“The only two lines I could find in the whole piece that [Depp and Beck] contributed are ‘Big time motherfucker’ and ‘Bust it down to my level,'” Jackson told to Rolling Stone.
Jackson is a professor at the University of Buffalo.
This article was first published on Marca.