The Jean Genie

David Bowie

About The Jean Genie

"The Jean Genie" is a song by English musician David Bowie, originally released in November 1972 as the lead single to his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. According to Bowie, it was "a smorgasbord of imagined Americana", with a protagonist inspired by Iggy Pop, and the title being an allusion to author Jean Genet. One of Bowie's most famous tracks, it was promoted with a film clip featuring Andy Warhol associate Cyrinda Foxe and peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart.


Year:
1980
158 
#1

 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing: 30DaySinger.com

A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
Strung out on lasers and slash-back blazers
Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters
Talking 'bout Monroe and walking on Snow White
New York's a go-go, and everything tastes right
Poor little Greenie, ooh-ooh

Keep her comin'
The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls (Jean Genie)
Jean Genie, let yourself go, whoah

Sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile
She love him, she love him but just for a short while
She'll scratch in the sand, won't let go his hand
He says he's a beautician and sells you nutrition
And keeps all your dead hair for making up underwear
Poor little Greenie, ooh-ooh

The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls (Jean Genie)
Jean Genie, let yourself go, whoah

He's so simple-minded, he can't drive his module
He bites on the neon and sleeps in a capsule
Loves to be loved, loves to be loved

Oh, Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls (Jean Genie)
Jean Genie, let yourself go, whoah

Go!
Go!

The Jean Genie lives on his back
The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks
He's outrageous, he screams and he bawls (Jean Genie)
Jean Genie, let yourself go, whoah

Go, go go!

 The easy, fast & fun way to learn how to sing: 30DaySinger.com


David Bowie

David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie ( /ˈboʊ.i/ BOH-ee), was an English musician, actor, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work. more »

30 fans

Written by: DAVID BOWIE

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, TINTORETTO MUSIC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind


10 facts about this song

Release and Performance
"The Jean Genie" was released as a single by David Bowie in November 1972. The song, which is from the album "Aladdin Sane," reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.
Song Inspiration
The song was inspired by Bowie's friend and collaborator, Iggy Pop and is also an homage to the influential American author, Jean Genet.
Title Misconception
Many initially assumed that "The Jean Genie" was a tribute to Jean Genie - the French revolutionary known as Jean-Paul Marat. However, the title was actually a play on author Jean Genet’s name.
Album Significance
The song, featured on the 1973 album "Aladdin Sane," helped lay the groundwork for Bowie’s later exploration into soul, funk, and disco music.
Highlight Performances
"The Jean Genie" was often the last song Bowie performed in concerts during the 1970s. His rendition of this song is particularly memorable in his 1973 Top of the Pops performance.
Genre
The song falls primarily in the glam rock genre, a style associated with fashionable and ostentatious performances. It was during the recording of songs like "The Jean Genie" that Bowie developed his Ziggy Stardust persona.
Music Video
The music video of "The Jean Genie" was thought to be lost for many years until it was miraculously discovered in a television station vault in 2011.
Chart Success
The song became an instant hit, and despite only reaching number 2 in the UK, "The Jean Genie" is considered one of Bowie's most popular songs and has since been covered by numerous artists.
Lyrical Content
The lyrics include several references to city life, sexuality, and the tour experiences that Bowie had with his band, The Spiders from Mars.
Song Structure
The song features a harmonica, guitar, and piano arrangement, producing a bluesy, rock 'n' roll sound that was catchy and accessible to a more mainstream audience.

Discuss the The Jean Genie Lyrics with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Jean Genie Lyrics." Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 23 Apr. 2024. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/5646524/David+Bowie/The+Jean+Genie>.

    Missing lyrics by David Bowie?

    Know any other songs by David Bowie? Don't keep it to yourself!

    Watch the song video

    The Jean Genie

    3.3M
    33,232     745

    Top Hot 100 Songs 1972

    Billboard #71


    Browse Lyrics.com

    Quiz

    Are you a music master?

    »
    Which European synth-pop band released “Take On Me”?
    A A-ha
    B Duran Duran
    C Depeche Mode
    D Camouflage

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant explanation for any lyrics that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant explanation for any acronym or abbreviation that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Don't miss David Bowie's

    Upcoming Events

    »
    David Bowie tracks

    On Radio Right Now

    Loading...

    Powered by OnRad.io


    Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!