It's an old songwriting trick: take a song you like and write new Lyrics for it, done, very little effort needed. The Beach Boys' "Surfing USA" was Chuck Berry's "sweet little sixteen" with different lyrics. Just as Berry's "Maybellene" was the Country standard "Ida Red" with different lyrics. So let's have some more examples of artists taking a song they like and put different lyrics to it. First up here's Roxette with their break out hit "The Look" And here's the song they got not just the melody and chord progressions from but also the title, Prince "U got the look." Roxette front man Per Gessle said that hearing Prince made him go "I should do a song like that." and taking the chord progression of "U got the look" and the message of the song of being bowled over by a person's looks, created himself a world wide hit. Prince himself apparently heard to many differences to undertake action or he simply didn't care. David Lee Roth "Tell the truth" Which as soon as the song starts makes it very clear where he got that groove from Allanah Miles "Black velvet" again though, Dave was very open about it, he liked the song "Black velvet" and as he put it "Made a Homage" It has to be said though, DLR went the whole nine yards, down to the sound of the keyboards and the riffs.