"Genius" as written by and Nathan/followill Followill....
Everybody wants to be a showman
Yeah they all got another one
Everybody thinks they got a genius
Everybody got me on the run
Sometimes I think they come here
Just so you can say that you can
And I can't get alone in my bathroom
I need to give myself a hand

Ya'll c-c-c-creepin'
Creepin' underneath my skin
Fuck you and your flashbulbs
Snappin' my picture again
You drank all my whiskey
You stole all my smoke
And you're crowded all around me
Like I got nowhere to go

Eyes are gonna roll back
I'm here to kill time
For you to go I'ma gon' spill
It ain't yo fast train
I'll be the king running near the wheel
I ain't looking to make no deals here no

You keep sticking to me like a prickly porcupine
You're getting your information from the grocery checkout line
Are you through confessing of your little girl obsession
'Cause I was only messing and I had a little time

Eyes are gonna roll back
I'm here to kill time
For you to go I'ma gon' spill
It ain't yo fast train
I'll be the king running near the wheel
I ain't looking to make no deals here no

Eyes are gonna roll back
I'm here to kill time
For you to go I'm a gon' spill
It ain't yo fast train
I'll be the king running near the wheel
I ain't looking to make no deals here no

Eyes are gonna roll back
I'm here to kill time
For you to go I'ma gon' spill
It ain't yo fast train
I'll be the king running near the wheel
I ain't looking to make no deals here no


Lyrics submitted by laextasis, edited by Mellow_Harsher

"Genius" as written by Ivan Nathan Followill Angelo T. Petraglia

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentYou think you're the shit but you're not. You're buggin the hell out of me and crampin' my style. I'm runnin' the show here, so I'll call the shots, not you. You people are takin this shit too far when it's way too simple.

    Thats this song in a nutshell.....
    joshuakinon March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgenius to me is a song about the 'the' bands and the paparazzi and the screaming fans and then right at the end 'i was only messing cause i had a little time' sums up how much effort they think they put into there music
    strokesmanon December 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'Fuck you and your flashbulbs'. Niiiiice!!!! I'm not even famous and I fuckin hate paparazzi. Song meaning is pretty obvious I think. Great tune!!!
    hankoon October 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the line "y'all cuh cuh cuh creepin" and the lines "you keep stickin to me like a prickly porcupine you're gettin your imformation from the grocery check line" crack me up everytime. LOL.
    EL BASTARDDOon June 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgenius to me is a song about the 'the' bands and the paparazzi and the screaming fans and then right at the end 'i was only messing cause i had a little time' sums up how much effort they think they put into there music
    strokesmanon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Kings of Leon song. It's a pretty simple message I think, but for a while I didn't understand the line "you're gettin' your information from the grocery check-out line". Now I realize he's referring to people reading the tabloids on the racks when they're waiting in the check-out line. Obviously this isn't literal (or at least I don't think they were that popular during their 1st album).

    I love this song so much. Whenever I'm mad I throw it on. It's good like that.

    Also on a more interesting side-note:
    I think the "I can't get alone in my bathroom, I need to give myself a hand" lyric is referencing him trying to masturbate but being unable to due to certain assholes bugging him while he's in there. This thought only occurred to me when I watched on YouTube "Genius" live in Britain, when he made a lude gesture while singing that lyric. EXCELLENT!
    The Tallest Manon July 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I would say that its about their commercialization because after this CD they had to revamp their image so it was more pleasing to the eyes and for more viewers... but a lot of this has to do with, that, Everybody wants to dow hat they want to do, and they want to do what everybody else wants to do. And that is to be popular and gain money and fame...
    Kutenianon January 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentspell 'genius' right...god damn.
    walleyeon March 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyoutube.com/…
    0:58 :]
    Dipinaon January 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWith similar sentiments as walleye.....I wish I could edit the title so it actually says GENIUS!!!

    I love the little 'c'mon' Caleb says right at the start of the track - listen out for it!
    eowyn20ukon July 07, 2009   Link

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