"The Jean Genie" as written by and David Bowie....
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!


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"The Jean Genie" as written by David Bowie

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  • +3
    General Commentnah its about iggy pop. he and iggy went to berlin and got over their drug addictions together
    Sandysbirdon December 31, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentCourse it's about Jim! Have you ever seen anyone who looks more reptilian than Pop?

    Jean Genie doesn't wear shirts
    Jean Genie's so sexy it hurts
    He's outrageous, he's five seven tall
    Jean Genie walks before he crawls

    (Mine humble tribute to the Pop-ster.)

    NellieWhiskeyon June 20, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe song is about iggy pop - THE END
    jigsaw888on December 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe title may have been a take on Jean Genet, but the imagery was definitely inspired by proto-punk lunatic genius Iggy Pop.
    butterfingersbeckon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBowie came up with the music to this before the lyrics... he wrote it while he was touring america, and says it's a 'mish-mash of imagined americana'. He was hanging out with Cyrinda Foxe at the time, and she's in the video (check it out, she's hot!). She was one of Warhol's favourite girls at the time... kind of an 'it-girl', and apparently loads of fun to be with.
    I love how he sounds in this, especially when he says: 'poor little greenie...' so hot!
    ... but i'm pretty sure the line is: 'New York's a go-go and everything tastes nice'
    Coney_island_babyon May 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRockin song, Jeff Beck is uncredited but supposedly plays gtr on this track. The title is inspired by Jean Genet, French queer badboy writer.
    loyoyoon September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm can sorta see how this would fit iggy pop, then again it could just be the product of some really fascinating drugs. love it anyway, killer suggestive bassline!
    halo26on February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard somewhere that Bowie wrote this song about Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith)'s first wife, Cyndrica Foxe. It makes sense when you read some of the lyrics, like "sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile..." and "he's outrageous, he screams and he bawls..." etc. I don't know if this is true or not, but if it is, it makes a lot of sense. Of course, I've also heard the Iggy Pop rumor, as well, so who knows? Great song though.
    GuitarGroupieon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard somewhere that Bowie wrote this song about Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith)'s first wife, Cyndrica Foxe. It makes sense when you read some of the lyrics, like "sits like a man but he smiles like a reptile..." and "he's outrageous, he screams and he bawls..." etc. I don't know if this is true or not, but if it is, it makes a lot of sense. Of course, I've also heard the Iggy Pop rumor, as well, so who knows? Great song though.
    GuitarGroupieon August 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe whole Aladdin Sane album is about his experience of touring America. Sort of being shocked at seeing the grittiness of inner cities for the first time. I guess things are different in the UK.
    Anyway, to this song, I agree that it's about Iggy Pop. Or just people that can combine the low class and the high class through their personal style.
    Bonehead XLon June 02, 2006   Link

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