Although Adele’s return to music is dominating the charts after her three-year hiatus, some are now drawing comparisons between the celebrated singer-songwriter’s new song “Hello” and 1980’s rock musician Tom Waits’s “Martha.”
Waits’s record from 1973 contain dissimilar chords and style, but lyrically, “Martha” and “Hello” seem to share the same subject matter.
While Adele writes, “Hello, it’s me, I was wondering/ If after all these years you’d like to meet to go over everything/ They say that time’s supposed to heal, yeah/ But I ain’t done much healing,” 42 years ago Waits also wrote about reaching out to an ex-lover over the phone.
“Hello, hello there, is this Martha? This is old Tom Frost/And I am calling long distance, don’t worry ’bout the cost.’/Cause it’s been forty years or more, now Martha please recall/ Meet me out for coffee, where we’ll talk about it all,” he sang.