All rise.

The terms of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It is your task to decide if the defendant’s track is only coincidentally similar to the plaintiffs or, as members of the Bar Association put it, shenanigans have been pulled. You have been duly instructed.

Today’s docket: Tom Petty, plaintiff vs. Bon Jovi, defendant

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – A One Story Town from Long After Dark (1982)

The chorus:

Oh, I’m lost in a one story town
Where everything’s close to the ground
Yeah the same shit goes down
Nothing turns around
It’s a one story town

Bon Jovi – Two Story Town from Crush (2000)

The chorus:

It’s just the same old sights
And the same old sounds
I want to take my car and drive out of this two story town
The same old shit that’s going round
I’m going down, down ,down, down, down
In a two story town

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