One of the Beatles Said ‘Waterfalls’ by TLC Ripped Off His Song

by Jeremy Spirogis
One of the Beatles Said ‘Waterfalls’ by TLC Ripped Off His Song

“Waterfalls” by TLC stays some of the iconic songs of the 1990s. The observe turned an enormous success resulting from its socially aware themes and memorable vocal melody. What would possibly shock many music followers is without doubt one of the Beatles accused the track of plagiarism.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon of the Beatles | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

This Beatle claims TLC ripped off one among his tracks

The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four says Paul McCartney launched a track in 1980 known as “Waterfalls.” The track options no instrumentation in addition to Paul’s Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. Although the track failed commercially within the United States, it was successful in Europe. Although Americans weren’t open to the track, they might embrace a considerably related track ten years later.

The A.V. Club requested Paul if any of his songs deserved to be greater hits than they had been. Paul replied “There’s quite a few, actually. I like… There’s one called ‘Daytime Nighttime Suffering,’ which I think’s really cool. One called ‘Waterfalls,’ I think is nice.”

On the topic of his track “Waterfalls,” Paul stated “In reality, anyone had successful, a couple of years in the past, utilizing the primary line [of my song], ‘Don’t go leaping waterfalls / Please follow the lake…’ And then they go off into one other track. It’s like, ‘Excuse me?’”

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Did TLC rip off Paul McCartney?

When requested if he believed TLC’s most iconic hit ripped him off, Paul stated “I think so.” Is this really the case? Paul thinks TLC’s track rips off his lyrics. Paul’s track begins with “Don’t go jumping waterfalls/Please keep to the lake/People who jump waterfalls/Sometimes can make mistakes.”

On the opposite hand, TLC’s track begins with “Don’t go chasing waterfalls/Please stick to the rivers and lakes that you’re used to.” The line is comparable. Its central metaphor is comparable. Is TLC’s track a rip-off? It’s as much as listeners to attract conclusions of their very own.

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On a purely musical degree, the songs are drastically totally different. Paul’s track is a really sluggish ballad. Due to its gospel undertones, it looks like a subdued model of late-stage Beatles ballads like “Let It Be” or “The Long and Winding Road.” It’s a Paul track which might very simply have been a Fab Four track, if solely it was launched a decade prior.

Despite the track’s slightly summary opening lyrics, it’s a love track. What do you anticipate from Paul? He wrote a serious hit single in regards to the pleasure of writing love songs.

What TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ is about

TLC | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

TLC’s “Waterfalls” is a really totally different observe. It’s a sluggish R&B track with hints of funk in its instrumentation. It has rather more severe lyrics. As TLC member Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas instructed The Guardian, “We wanted to make a song with a strong message – about unprotected sex, being promiscuous, and hanging out in the wrong crowd. The messages in ‘Waterfalls’ hit home. I think that’s why it’s our biggest hit to date.”

Maybe TLC’s “Waterfalls” takes some inspiration from Paul’s track of the identical title. Maybe the lyrical similarities between the 2 tracks are coincidental. If the similarities aren’t coincidental, TLC actually wouldn’t be the primary group to take inspiration from a Beatle.

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