Adele has been accused of ripping off Wait’s 1973 track ‘Martha’ with her smash hit ‘Hello’.
Adele might be enjoying massive success with her comeback single ‘Hello’, but fans of American singer Tom Waits have accused her of ‘ripping off’ his 1973 track ‘Martha’. Waits fans have been pointing out the similarities between the two songs on social media, as both are based on a similar theme.
Did Adele ‘rip off’ Tom Waits for ‘Hello’?
‘Martha’ begins with the lyrics: 'Hello, hello there, is this Martha? This is old Tom Frost / And I am calling long distance, don't worry 'bout the cost / 'Cause it's been forty years or more, now Martha please recall / Meet me out for coffee, where we'll talk about it all.’
While ‘Hello’ begins with: 'Hello, it's me / I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet / To go over, everything / They say that time's supposed to heal ya, but I ain't done much healing.’ The two song’s lyrics might not be that similar, but the theme of calling up an old lover is unquestionably the same.
‘Martha’ is one of Waits' most famous songs and appeared on his 1973 album Closing Time. Writing on twitter one user commented: ‘The new Adele song (which I've finally heard) is essentially just "Martha" by Tom Waits tho isn't it.’ Another tweeted: 'Adele I love you BUT Tom Waits nailed that song on his 73 debut.'
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Adele's producer Greg Kurstin recently cited Waits as one of the influences on the singer’s new album. "She didn't want to just go through and write a pop song with any particular formula. We talked about Tom Waits and different storytellers like that.”
“I think that was the idea, that we wanted to do something that was very honest about where she was at right now, and she wanted to do something that was real and believable,“ Kurstin added.