The Dixie Dove

August 17, 2016

Springsteen's "The Rising" Copyright Infringement on Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner"?

There have been a few lawsuits for copyright infringement of songs in recent years, perhaps most notably the Tom Petty-Sam Smith situation where Smith used a segment of Petty's "I Won't Back Down" in his own hit "Stay With Me".

On this subject, I have thought (since it's release over a decade ago) that Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" took its chorus from Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner".

Miller's and Springsteen's songs, here, are both about a rather melancholy, but hopeful trip across the USA, one on a jet plane, the other in a car. Steve Miller's song has a few nice hooks culminating in the chorus...
Big ol' jet airliner
Don't carry me too far away
Oh, oh big ol' jet airliner 

'Cause it's here that I've got to stay

Springsteen's song "The Rising" has just one real 'hook' which is the chorus...

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight 

So, I ask the reader to compare the melodies in these two song choruses. To me they are virtually identical.
Here are links to the two songs in question-
Jet Airliner- Steve Miller

The Rising- Bruce Springsteen








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