"Things no run we", while Cyrus's song has the lyric, "We run things, things don't run we".
May, who sings under the stage name Flourgon, sued Cyrus in a federal court in NY, according to The Blast.
Flourgon's song in question has the lyrics "We run things / Things no run we" and Miley croons "We run things / Things don't run we" in her tune.
As the Associated Press reports, Michael May, who performs as Flourgon, is suing Cyrus over her 2013 #2 hit "We Can't Stop". In translation, Flourgon thinks Miley's pronouncement of not being able to stop is equivalent to saying that he runs things.
Now: "We Run Things", which is a great song, sounds absolutely nothing like "We Can't Stop", which is not.
May said he sought to protect his work a year ago with the U.S. Copyright Office, and in November won "formal copyright protection" for all musical arrangements in "We Run Things".
A representative for the defendants didn't immediately return an email seeking comment. The suit claims cites May's 1988 song, making the case that it was big hit, with a wide audience and considerable sales in the US and across the Caribbean region.
The 25-year-old singer - whose single hit the number one spot in the United Kingdom when it was released in 2013 - has been accused of stealing the track by a Jamaican musician, who is seeking to stop all further performances and sales.
The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "The lawsuit does not specify any damages, but his lawyers called it a "$300 million case". A Jamaican artist is reportedly suing the pop star over her 2013 single, "We Can't Stop".