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Thread #107784 Message #2237994
Posted By: Don Firth
16-Jan-08 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Composers 'stealing' folk themes
Subject: RE: Composers 'stealing' folk themes
Yeah, that was it. One wonders in a case like this whether Harrison consciously used the tune of "He's So Fine" or if it was an "ear-worm" floating around in his head (which happens to all of us from time to time) and he used it inadvertantly for "My Sweet Lord," not fully realizing that it came from outside his head instead of inside. Those things happen.
Also, it's not at all impossible for two people (especially if they're dealing with the same genre of music) to come up with very similar tunes quite independently. I think it would take a note-by-note analysis and comparison of the tunes in question, and then one still couldn't be absolutely sure.
As Deep Throat remarked, "Hmm. Tricky!"