Posted March 20 2002 - 01:40 PM
I'm not a hootie fan, but that seems like a rather obvious allusion and direct quote of the dylan song rather than "stolen lyrics". I'm 100% positive this isn't a stolen lyric, or "dumb" as you suggest- rather they are obviously talking about the Dylan song and quoting from it in the context of their song.
The song names Dylan by name in the opening line, and then says "I said, "that line is great" you asked me what it meant by:" and proceeds to QUOTE from the line of the song in question. I wouldn't imagine Hootie and his Fish friends were trying to pass the lyric off as their own- and made no hesitation to make direct ref to Dylan in the preceeding lines.
It's like you're telling a story and say "Have you every heard that song that goes 'all in all, were just another brick in the wall'?"-- you didn't claim the line was yours. The song lyrics you quoted from Hootie seem to be recounting a time talking about thosee specific Dylan lines with someone else.
Literature makes direct and indirect allusions to other literature, you see the same in art, even movies and TV. Seems natural that you'd see it in music.
I find it suprising and petty that Dylan would sue over such a small piece of lyrics- especially when it was made in such a way as to pay honor to Dylan. Granted, Hootie sucked balls, so maybe Dylan was offended more at who made the allusion rather than the fact that it was made ("I inpired what? Those guys suck, I should sue."
I searched the net and could find no real ref to this, other than second hand mentions in other articles. I wonder if it is a quasi-urban legend.
Here's another example from the song "you were right" by built to spill:
| You were wrong when you said |
Everything's gonna be alright
You were right when you said All that glitters isn't gold
You were right when you said All we are is dust in the wind
You were right when you said We are all just bricks in the wall
And when you said manic depression's a frustrating mess
You were right when you said You can't always get what you want
You were right when you said It's a hard rain's gonna fall
You were right when you said We're still running against the wind
And life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone
You were right when you said This is the end.
These are all obvious allusions to other popular cliche rock songs of the 1970's, Including Dylan:
"Everything's gonna be alright" - Bob Marley "No Woman No Cry"
"All that glitters isn't gold" - Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
"All we are is dust in the wind" - Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
"We are all just bricks in the wall" - Pink Floyd "The Wall"
"Manic depression's a frustrating mess" - Jimi Hendrix "Manic Depression"
"You can't always get what you want" - Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"It's a hard rain's gonna fall" - Bob Dylan "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
"We're still running against the wind" - Bob Seger "Against the Wind"
"Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone" - John Cougar Mellencamp "Jack and Diane"
"This is the end" - The Doors "The End"
Again- I think to suggest that the Hootie band had any intention of passing the lyric off as their own, especially "foolishly" as you suggest is rediculous. It's an obvious ref directly to the song in question, and even properly attributed in the context of the lyrics (and probably in the album notes as well).
np: MILEMARKER - Frigid Forms Sell