The internet has graced us with a leak of the new Kris Allen single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” and while it starts out harmlessly enough, with a very obviously Made for Grey’s Anatomy vibe, it goes crazy just over a minute in when he suddenly starts to sound like he’s in 311. It’s terrible, but not particularly surprising.
What does continue to surprise me, though, is the extent to which those working in the realm of mainstream, big money pop music consistently fail to look up from their keyboard for long enough to realize when the songs they’re working on are as unoriginal as this one.
“Live Like We’re Dying” is a song about seizing the day—about never taking anything for granted, and making the most of things while you can. You know, lame shit. It’s not exactly a novel concept, I know, and one could argue it’s a theme worth harping on. But three songs by very popular artists about the exact same thing in the span of a few years? And with the same fucking titles?
Or, basically the same title, anyway. First, Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” from 2004.
And then, Lenka’s Live “Like You’re Dying,” from 2008. I know she’s not from America and therefore basically doesn’t seem exist, but she’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenkasorta famous.
So who wins the battle of the “Live Like You Were/Are Dying”s? It’s a two-way tie for first place, I’ll say, with Allen coming in a distant third.
UPDATE: Who knew? The Kris Allen song is a cover. So, everything I said about Allen now applies to The Script as well.