DID THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM "BORROW" FROM DRAG THE RIVER?

When I heard this song by The Gaslight Anthem for the first time it was at their show at The State Theater here in St. Pete. When it first started I was sure they were doing a cover of Drag The River‘s song “Having A Party”. Turned out that wasn’t the case but I made a mental note to compare/contrast the songs when I got home.

Well, Mr. Beam made that mental note get lost in the annals of shit I think about when I am drunk until today.

Today, I was finally getting around to checking out the back catalog of The Gaslight Anthem and I heard the track again and everything came rushing back.

Now, I am not gonna say The Gaslight Anthem stole anything…but I will say I imagine there are some Drag The River cds on someone in the bands iPod. Perhaps it’s just a tip of the cap to Drag. Gaslight Anthem made liberal of such things on their latest effort, The ’59 Sound.

Listen and tell me what you think. Tip of the hat to Drag, coincidence? What say you?

The Gaslight Anthem – Say I Won’t (Recognize)
Drag The River – Having A Party

Edit: Or, as Kevin pointed out in the comments….they could both be related to Sam Cooke’s song.

Sam Cooke – Having A Party

So yeah, now I look like a dummy….but sticking to my steadfast rule of never deleting anything I’ve posted no matter how wrong I am this post will now hang out as a testimate to the fact theat I indeed, do not know everything.