8 ‘Genesis’ Songs 


John Legend, Love in the Future © Columbia

No not the band silly – but rather “in the beginning!” Honestly, some of these songs have little to do with beginning, but whatever. “It is what it is” as the old saying goes.

1) Eminem, “We Made You” (Relapse, 2009)

“We Made You” really has nothing to do with “the beginning” – just Eminem going H.A.M. as always.

Genesis lyric:

“You’re a rock star / everybody wants you, player / who can really blame you? / We’re the ones who made you

Funniest lyric:

“Damn girl, I’m beginning to sprout an Alfalfa / Why should I wash my filthy mouth out?”

2) Taylor Swift, “Begin Again” (Red, 2012)

“Begin Again” is a love song – what else would you expect from Taylor Swift?

Genesis lyric:

“I’ve been spending the last eight months / thinking all love ever does / is break and burn and end / but on a Wednesday in a café / I watched it begin again

3) U2, “Original Of The Species” (How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)

Simply beautiful, “Original Of The Species” is a fitting tribute with truly poetic lyrics.

Genesis lyrics:

“I’ll give you everything you want / except the thing that you want / you are the first one of your kind

“Baby slow down / the end is not as fun as the start / please stay a child somewhere in your heart”

4) John Legend, “The Beginning” (Love In The Future, 2013)

“The Beginning” seems to be about the natural progression of a relationship/marriage to building a family.

Genesis lyric:

It’s the beginning of forever / you don’t have to end / keep doing it, and doing it again”

5) The Decemberists, “A Beginning Song” (What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, 2015)

Yeah, I’m not going to try to interpret “Condescend to calm this riot in your mind” or “The tenor of your shins / the timbre of your limbs.” 

Genesis lyric:

Let’s commence to coordinate our sights / Get them square to rights, get them square to rights” 

6) Arcade Fire, “Ready To Start” (The Suburbs, 2010)

Don’t be a conformist: “I would rather be wrong / than live in the shadows of your song / my mind is open wide.”

Genesis lyric:

“If I was scared, I would / and if I was pure, you know I would / and if I was yours, but I’m not / Now I’m ready to start

“Businessmen drink my blood / like the kids in art school said they would / and I guess I’ll just begin again / you say ‘can we still be friends?’”

7) Pendulum, “Genesis” (Immersion, 2010)

It’s instrumental and is titled “Genesis,” so therefore it fits.

8) Justice, “Genesis” (Crosses, 2012)

AGAIN, it’s instrumental and is titled “Genesis,” so therefore it fits.

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