David Bowie – The Jean Genie (Official Video)




According to author Nicholas Pegg, "The Jean Genie" originated as an impromptu jam, at this point titled "Bussin'", on the tour bus between the first two concerts in Cleveland and Memphis, when Mick Ronson began playing the Bo Diddley-inspired guitar riff on his new Les Paul.

It subsequently became the first song Bowie composed for Aladdin Sane, in autumn 1972 during his 1972 US tour, completing the song in New York City, where he spent time with the Warhol set's Cyrinda Foxe. Bowie later asserted, "I wrote it for her amusement in her apartment. Sexy girl." Bowie later in the 1990s described the song as "a smorgasbord of imagined America" and "my first New York song."


The recording took place at New York's RCA Studios on 6 October 1972. "I had a really great conversation with [bassist] Trevor Bolder," recalled Def Leppard's Joe Elliott. "I said, 'You remember when you were doing The Jean Genie?' He said, 'No. We did it in an hour and a half.'"


Mixing occurred the following week at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee; the original single mix is in narrow stereo, while the stereo soundscape is wider in the album mix.








Lyrics



A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city

Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers

And 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 nice

Poor little Greenie

Woo-hoo


(Get back one)


The Jean Genie lives on his back

The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks

(The Jean Genie) he's outrageous, he screams and he bawls

The Jean Genie, let yourself go, oh


Sits like a man, but he smiles like a reptile

She loves him, she loves 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


The Jean Genie lives on his back

The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks

(The Jean Genie) he's outrageous, he screams and he bawls

The Jean Genie, let yourself go, whoa-oh


He's so simple minded, he can't drive his module

He bites on the neon and sleeps in the capsule

Loves to be loved

Loves to be loved


Woo-hoo

Woo-hoo


Oh, the Jean Genie lives on his back

The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks

(The Jean Genie) he's outrageous, he screams and he bawls

The Jean Genie, let yourself go, oh

Go

Go


The Jean Genie lives on his back

The Jean Genie loves chimney stacks

(The Jean Genie) he's outrageous, he screams and he bawls

The Jean Genie, let yourself go, oh

Go

Go, go