Johnny Depp & Jeff Beck have been accused of lifting lyrics for their song 'Sad Motherf***in' Parade'. The duo has been accused of lifting the song from an obscure "toast" sung by an incarcerated man & documented & released by a folklorist in 1974.
A large number of lyrics of the Depp/Beck song '18' are strikingly similar to lines from a toast, an often-profane form of Black folk poetry from years past, called `Hobo Ben`.
Apparently, it had been written by a man named Slim Wilson who was serving an armed-robbery sentence at Missouri State Penitentiary, and documented by Bruce Jackson in his 1974 book about toasts, 'Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me', and a companion album.
Wilson, whose name is a pseudonym, is not listed in the song`s credits, reported Variety.
In the toast, `Hobo Ben`, the man in the song`s title is at a party and says, "`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'.