Adele's 2015 single "Hello
" includes the lyric: "Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all these years. You'd like to meet, to go over everything." Commentators called out the lyrical similarities between the English songstress' hit tune and "Martha" with some alleging that it ripped off Waits' song.
"Hello" co-writer Greg Kurstin told Entertainment Weekly
that Waits' material was a conscious touchstone for the song, saying said: "She didn't want to just go through and write a pop song with any particular formula. We talked about Tom Waits, and different storytellers like that."