Song Lyric Sunday | “Genius of Love” – Tom Tom Club

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Written or sung by Tom/Dick/Harry or including one of these names in the lyrics.


Although she was responsible for writing the bassline and intended to play it on record, Genius of Love co-writer and lead singer, Tina Weymouth, had to wake up the assistant engineer – he was asleep under the console – when her right arm seized up in a terrible cramp during the abbreviated 1981 recording session. “Chris (Frantz) was mad, but I really couldn’t play; my hand wouldn’t even close. So we did what we had to do. These things happen.”

Genius of Love became a commercial success and reached number one on the Billboard Disco Top 80 chart, number two on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard), and number thirty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The lyrics and video imply that the singer is in jail although why she’s imprisoned is not explained. The singer tells her fellow inmates about her boyfriend whom she describes as the “genius of love”.



    • Genius of Love was the first song I danced to with my late husband, Dennis.
    • The lyrics pay tribute to many notable African-American musicians and singers, including George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Smokey Robinson, Bob Marley, Sly and Robbie, Kurtis Blow, Hamilton Bohannon, and James Brown.
    •  In May 2016, a version of the song by Tinashe was used in a television advertising campaign for Target Corporation.
    •  Frank Zappa, in an interview with MTV, mentioned that the music video was his favorite at the time, due to it being “animated and clever.


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Genius of Love

by Tom Tom Club

Songwriters: Tina Weymouth / Christopher Frantz / Adrian Belew / Steven J.C. Stanley
What you gonna do when you get out of jail?
I’m gonna have some fun
What do you consider fun?
Fun, natural fun
I’m in heaven
With my boyfriend, my laughing boyfriend
There’s no beginning and there is no end
Time isn’t present in that dimension
He’ll take my arm
When we’re walkin’, rolling and rocking
It’s one time I’m glad I’m not a man
Feels like I’m dreaming, but I’m not sleeping
I’m in heaven
With the maven of funk mutation
Clinton’s musicians such as Bootsy Collins
Raise expectations to a new intention
No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson
Wailin’ and skankin’ to Bob Marley
Reggae’s expanding with Sly and Robbie
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama said uh
Oops! Your mama
All the weekend
Boyfriend was missing
I surely miss him
The way he’d hold me in his warm arms
We went insane when we took cocaine
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
Stepping in a rhythm to a Kurtis Blow
Who needs to think when your feet just go?
With a hippie-the-hip and a hippie-the-hop
Who needs to think when your feet just go
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
Who needs to think when your feet just go
“Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon”
James Brown, James Brown
James Brown, James Brown
If you see him
Please remind him, unhappy boyfriend
Well he’s the genius of love
He’s got a greater depth of feeling
Well he’s the genius of love
He’s so deep

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