Sunday, July 3, 2011

Plagiarizing Woody Guthrie?

“On an annual basis, we know more money is stolen at the nip of a pen than the barrel of a gun,” Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Walton said Tuesday. 

The assistant prosecutor was speaking of his admirable efforts to stop mortgage fraud. Please compare this verse from Woody Guthrie’s “The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd, a Depression era outlaw in Oklahoma with the reputation of being a Robin Hood: 

“As through this world I’ve traveled, I’ve met a lot of funny men.

 Some rob you with a six gun, and some with a fountain  pen.” 

I’m sure the assistant prosecutor unintentionally pulled Woody’s thought out of his subconscious or arrived at the thought independently. Here is another verse from the same song: 

As through the world you wander, as through this world you roam,

You’ll never see an outlaw drive a family from its home.


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