In 2000, Robbie Williams was sued by the publishing company Ludlow Music because "Jesus in a Camper Van" lifted a lyric from the Loudon Wainwright III song "I Am the Way," which itself is a parody of the Woody Guthrie song "New York Town." The lyric from "I Am the Way" goes: "Every Son of God gets a little hard luck sometimes, especially when he goes around saying he's 'the way.'" Williams changed it to: "I suppose even the Son of God gets it hard sometimes, especially when he goes around saying 'I am the way.'"
Williams claims he heard someone utter the line while he was in rehab for cocaine addiction in 1997, and only found out it was from Wainwright III's song after he recorded it. Speaking to MTV News at the time, Williams continued: "I found out afterwards that Loudon Wainwright III actually wrote the lyric. So, I phoned him up and asked 'Can I use it?' and he said 'Yes.' So, cheers to Mr. Wainwright III."
Despite this, Williams was ordered to pay 25% of the income generated by "Jesus in a Campervan" to Ludlow Music. The judge also ruled any future copies of I've Been Expecting You must not include the song. As a result, I've Been Expecting You was reissued with "Jesus in a Camper Van" replaced by "It's Only Us."