"New Genious (brother)" as written by and Kelly Jones....
dream of my world
i live on my world
going off my head, down to, somewhere
i'm going on a dance all tune

in a pressure today
i blew a bad man away, today
higher ground, had to be told
i blew a man away

brother, sister too
do what you must do
don't trust people you meet
they might promise you
that the river ain't deep

dream on the street
people passing though me, yes they do
well my friend
want my heart mend
i'm gonna bring it all back to you

brother, sister too
do what you must do
don't trust people you meet
they might promise you
that the river ain't deep


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    General CommentOkay, I'm gonna tackle this one bit by bit so bare with me, 'kay?

    The first stanza mentions dreams, either in the sense of somnabulistic visions, or of one's aspirations.

    The second stanza is about a murder "I blew a bad man away" implies a shooting. and the "higher ground, had to be told" line alludes to the murder as an act of moral resolve; the murderer had a nonpersonal motive (such as the assassination of a politician based on his/her poor job in whatever position, or difference of opinion by the gunman).

    The third stanza is an attempt to justify the crime. "don't trust people you meet they might promise you that the river ain't deep" The victim was, in the eyes of the killer, one of many dishonest people in the world, and this line cajoles the killer's peers to at least distrust, if not (following his example) murdering other liars.

    The fourth stanza describes the surreal emotions of the killer after the murder; his life is a walking dream. "passing through me" is perhaps literally, "passing by me" as in, as the murderer walks the streets, many unassuming citizens pay no heed to him. To them, he is another faceless body in the human masses. The reference to the killer's heart mending implies some remorse for his actions, and "i'm gonna bring it all back to you " is a promise for reform.

    The last stanza is a reiteration of the third.
    happylittledemigodon August 02, 2002   Link
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    Memory"The alternate title isn't Brothers because 2D and Murdoc are supposed to be brothers, It's called New Genius (Brothers) because its 2D singing to people who he considers close friends (brothers, sisters too) and warning them about the dangers of trusting just anyone. In Rise Of the Ogre, it says this song was directed at Murdoc. Decide for yourself if 2D was warning Murdoc to stay away from dangerous people or if he was singing for people to stay away from Murdoc." - YouTube comment (not typed by me)
    Sunzu49on July 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhat is 2D singing in the backround, at the last chorus?
    ParanoidRockeron February 13, 2014   Link
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    Song MeaningJust in case people didn't know
    it said in the autobiography that this was a song for Murdoc. And looking at it possibly noodle too. He's telling them watch out for the changing world and the dangers it brings. It needs to be said to both because noodle is growing up and Murdoc is just self destructive and seemingly unaware of the danger he puts himself in. So there
    Herpderpgorillazon July 18, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti have no fuckin clue what this song means i guess its about beaing yurself but im not sure. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME!!!!
    darkpop2Dzombieon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with happylittledemigod
    The_Mysterious_Dr_Xon September 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentand why the song is called new genius? its nonsense
    Ibosethon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI hate to jup on the "drug IS gorillaz" bandwagon, but i think this song is about drugs

    "Dream of my world/ I live on my world" - Sounds like wanting to get high.

    "Going off my head, down to, somewhere" He leaves his conciousness to go SOMEWHERE he's unsure. Yep. That's getting high.

    "I blew a bad man away." He didn't like him, so he blew him away. Duh. "Blew?" That one's just obvious. You tend to forget when you, ahem, get high.

    "Brother, Sister,/ Don't trust people you meet" Warnings to loved ones not to start because of Them. Who are They? Drug. Dealers.

    "Dream on the street/ People pass through me" Tch, can you say "Acid Trip?" Go ahead. Say it.

    "Want my heart to mend..." He doesn't want to anymore, considering he realizes it's threatening his health.

    Damn Gorillaz. You and... yer... drugs.
    RippedPaper13on March 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentisn't this missing a stanza, or at least a line, someone sings over the line "brother sister too" twice in the song.
    rtilon July 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe part where he says "They might prommis you, That the river aint deep" sounds like whoever he is speaking to is not street smart and they might run into wierdos on the street who will decive them.
    Psychomanon April 02, 2006   Link

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