“All the snakes full of jealousy, praying I’ll flop”
Back in May, it was revealed that the Irish band were suing Arthur, alleging that his 2016 song ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ infringes on the copyright of The Script’s ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’, which was released in 2008.
Now, in the middle of a cover of Jorja Smith’s ‘Blue Lights’ for the BBC Radio One Live Lounge, Arthur took aim at The Script in a freestyle rap. He sang:
“Did you see – those desperate men call for desperate times. But they will never see a single flipping dime of mine.
I’m dynamite; every single line I write, inspired by life. You can get your lawyers to indict me. You rich fellows that jealous you would spite me.
You should know I never follow The Script. I rip it up and I flip it; I’m from the gutters of Britain.
I went from nothin’ to millions, my fingers up in the system.
So listen: check to check, check check to count my melody. I’m all up in your business like Ron Jeremy. People keep on telling me I’m meant for the top.
All the snakes full of jealousy are praying I’ll flop.
You’ll do nothin’ – except kick on a rock. I’ll be so flippin’ high I’ll be riding with Spock.
I got money, the cars – everything I ever wanted.”
The suit filed by Richard Busch – who successfully represented the estate of the late Marvin Gaye in the infamous ‘Blurred Lines’ trial – argues that Arthur generated £14.8 million ($20 million) from a song which allegedly rips off The Script’s track, which was written by the band’s Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan along with songwriters Andrew Frampton and Stephen Kipner.
Busch argued that Arthur’s track – which was seen as his comeback moment following a number of years away from the spotlight – had reignited his career.
“It’s widely known Mr. Arthur was dropped by his record label for public controversies, which caused a break in his career,” he said. “It wasn’t until the release of ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ that he achieved worldwide success.”
Arthur spoke out on the supposed similarities between the two songs in an interview with The Sun last year, claiming that he had “no case” to answer.
“It’s 2017, there’s only seven notes in music,” he said. “Every blues song sounds the fucking same. People get wound up about these things for no reason.”