"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 CommentHAHAHA now talk about a pissed off reception for a piece of music!
    yeah music that's what it IS
    and what a stunning piece of delightful noises
    what better way to iritate the sad conformity in narrowed ears/tight asses dear progrock fans?? ^^
    you just go to love the guys of Genesis even more for what they did here, redusing to play safe and pompeous, they are (they were) true great artists trying new things out and express a certain madness or absurdity is for these reasons completely expected. not talking about milkmen here, nor institualised entretainers.
    for the sake of it Ive put the record on and well I just felt hilare, hearing this starting with what sounds like a big nightmarish effect.. throwing up all over one big fat and messy drumbeat..
    right there that's enough! you've got to be furiously offended hahaha
    and it gets so much worse as soon as phil comes in oh lord! .. these lyrics ;complete non sense!'
    there we have it. the worst track in all the history of music ladies and gentlemen! :D

    So FUNNY how some people just don't get it however much you try to make it clear the thing is done with a tongue in cheeck approach, isn't it?
    so well if you think you've got a right hate it with all your passion ( if that's an actual thing you do know and have in you.?..)
    trash it for its unusual form, for its absence of 'normality', and point out how way too repetitive this is.. (even tho its made out on pupose. obviously you would get that.but hey)
    still, no need to make all that much of a fuzz...and relax next on the record comes right after the nice and easy 'man on the corner' lol

    I"m glad they had the guts to record produce etc this thing, because here's a tune (not so tuneful I consede) but never the less this makes a great job ar playing with the nerves of musical fascists, big wonderful awkward sounds in a mix of humour and a more than welcomed sense of adventure.

    Genesis middle finger those who leave it, have taken it, and obviously far too hard hahaha
    naivadaon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    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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