Monday, September 8, 2014
an interview with Passenger on www.billboard.com
Ella reads aloud.
An old man
He turned ninety eight
He won the lottery
And he died the next day
I don’t want to be mean about it but… this is pretty blatant plagiarism. I want to be supportive of your work, Ramona, but… Look, you’re a talented writer, you really are. You have a voice, a distinct voice and… what happened here? If you were around in 1995, you know the lyrics to this song!
Ramona is quiet. Eventually she says,
I’m exploring puberty. I’m exploring what it’s like to go through fucking hairy puberty.
They are both looking at their shoes – Ella’s are Australian Boots and Ramona’s are rubber boots from Canadian Tire.