"Who Dunnit?" as written by and Mike Rutherford (gb) Anthony George Banks....
Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Who dunnit?

I didn't, I, I didn't do it, I, I, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't do it, I,
I, I didn't, I, I didn't do it, I, I didn't, I didn't, I, I didn't do it,
I didn't do it, I didn't do it.

Oh but we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know,
we know, we know, we don't know yeah, we don't know yeah, we don't know yeah,
we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know,
we know, we know, we know, we know who did it.

SO was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it A or was it B?
Or was it X or Z?

Was it you or was it me?
Or was it he or she?
Was it you or was it me?
Who dunnit?

I, I, I didn't, I didn't do it, I, I, I didn't do it, I, I didn't do it,
I didn't, I didn't, I didn't do it, I didn't do it, I, I didn't do it,
I didn't do it, I, I didn't, I didn't do it, I didn't do it, I didn't do it.

But we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know, we know,
we know, we know, we know yeah, we know yeah, we don't know yeah,
no we don't know, no we know, yeah we know, we know, we know yeah,
we know yeah, we know yeah, we know yeah, we know yeah, we know yeah,
we know, yeah we don't know, we don't know, we don't know, we don't know,
yeah we don't know, we don't know, we don't know, yeah we don't know,
we all know, we all know, we all know, we all we all know, we all know,
we all know, we all know, we all we all know we all know we all know....


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    General CommentI have reason to believe it was B.
    doctorbeakon August 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentstraight from phil himself.... "Who Dunnit.....this song provoked Booos when we performed it in Europe when Abacab came out. It was built on a thing of Tony's when he had a new keyboard and went quickly round the presets in rhythm. I started improvising lyrics and we did it in an hour. If I can remind you that we were songwriters dipping into anything and everything, with punk happening and us agreeing that there WAS some deadwood needing to come off ( though not including OURSELVES in this !! ) we went for it." in case anyone was still curious as to why it was written/recorded/performed.... and i agree with opinions here. worst song they ever did.
    lakini521on March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentReally? I always thought it was Z. You know how Z is!

    But for real... is this just a filler ditty? Or is there some history to this most distinguished melody?
    LeArtiston March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI HATE this song with a passion. To this day I refuse to admit that Genesis wrote, developed, accepted, recorded, and released this garbage. At the time this song was written Genesis consisted of three phenomenal musicians who were capable of writing something much better than Who Dunnit.

    I think the song is about how bad the song itself is, and the band members are arguing amongst themselves over who wrote it; none of them wanting to claim responsibility for the aggravating, repetitive, obnoxious, and shameful piece of crap song that could possibly end their reputation in the music industry.

    My only question is, "how could they?" By far, Genesis made some of the most fantastic music in human history. This song was truly uncalled for.

    Genesis is my favorite band ever, and I'm probably their biggest fan. This song, however, is probably the sole reason the "SKIP >>" button on CD players was invented.
    BlimpyJoneson April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually I think I'm Genesis biggest fan. Check my postings? Well maybe not but I love the genius of Genesis. When I was a student I used listen to them continously. Anway... this is Genesis taking the mick out of punk, they tried to do a kind of punk thing though to me lyrically it's just rubbish
    (musically not much better!), but i think that's kinda of the whole idea of it. I presume it was collins idea and not a great one at that!
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually I think I'm Genesis biggest fan. Check my postings? Well maybe not but I love the genius of Genesis. When I was a student I used listen to them continously. Anway... this is Genesis taking the mick out of punk, they tried to do a kind of punk thing though to me lyrically it's just rubbish
    (musically not much better!), but i think that's kinda of the whole idea of it. I presume it was collins idea and not a great one at that!
    timbo.hon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdid ya know that when they played this live, rutherford was on drums? back in the 'and then there were three' days. nobody likes the thing but every bands entitled to muck about a bit i spose.
    parberooon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti honestly think Genesis wanted this to be a humourus one; don't blast it - the first time I heard it I was like "Oh man... what did they smoke?!" Then i died of laughter.

    I love this one. Call me crazy but it's just hilarious that they even wrote, performed, recorded and produced this....

    Just when I saw the title... "Who dunnit" i mean cmon it's funny as hell.
    budwheizzah1on July 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLOL here's a fun thought,

    Could be that these lyrics basically are "looking for who wrote the song" and the actual writer doesnt even want to admit having written it :-P

    Obviously it aint that; but it just made things funnier for my understanding of this song.
    budwheizzah1on July 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbeleive it or not this song does have a meanig and ill explain it.

    the answer to "who dunnit" and its mystery lies in the song before it on the album.
    "dodo/lurker"
    this song explains the murder of davy jones
    and states that a woman(the sweet lady,the siren,lurker) was obsessed with him. she then kidnaps him and takes him to her kingdom under the sea, killing him.

    adn whoever said that who dunnit was played during the "and then there were three" days is sadly mistaken. whodunnit wasnt recorded until ABACAB which was two albums after and then there were three
    Invisible Touchon September 01, 2005   Link

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