“Powers” is a song by the indie folk band boygenius. It was released on October 13, 2023 as part of their EP the rest.
The song is about the feeling of having superpowers and the responsibility that comes with them. The lyrics are full of imagery of flight, strength, and destruction. The song has been praised for its powerful vocals, haunting melody, and emotional lyrics.
Chords Used (GCEA Tuning):
- boygenius is a supergroup consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.
- The song is the fourth track on their second EP, “the rest”, which was released on October 13, 2023.
- The lyrics of the song are introspective and explore themes of self-discovery and the search for identity.
- The song uses comic book tropes and references to destructive scientific reactions as metaphors to ponder the origin story of the singers.
General Facts about the Group:
- Formation: The trio formed the group in Los Angeles in early 2018, where they discovered their shared musical interests and decided to collaborate.
- Self-Titled EP: Their debut EP, “boygenius,” was released on October 26, 2018. The EP features six songs, with each member contributing to the songwriting and performing.
- Collaborative Songwriting: The members of boygenius are all accomplished singer-songwriters in their own right. Their collaborative songwriting on the EP showcases their combined talents.
- Critical Acclaim: The EP received widespread critical acclaim for its thoughtful lyrics, harmonious vocals, and emotional depth. It was seen as a significant contribution to the indie music scene.
- Touring: After the release of the EP, boygenius embarked on a tour to promote their music, performing to sold-out venues across North America and Europe.
- Lyrical Depth: The lyrics in their songs often touch on themes of identity, love, loss, and personal growth, reflecting the experiences and perspectives of three young women.
- Individual Careers: Each member of boygenius has a successful solo career. Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus have released their own albums and continue to make their mark on the music industry.
- Influential Voices: The members of boygenius are considered influential in the indie music scene, and their solo work has garnered a dedicated following.
- Songwriting Style: Each member brings her distinctive style to the group, creating a rich and diverse sound that combines elements of indie rock, folk, and alternative music.
- Social and Political Awareness: The group’s members are known for their social and political activism, and their music often reflects their concerns about various contemporary issues.
Text Version of Chords
[Intro] G B C Em D C G/B Am G D [Verse 1] G B C Em D C G/B Am G How did it start? Did I fall into a nuclear rea__ctor? D#dim Em B C Crawl out with acid skin or somethin' worse Am G D/A A hostile alien ambassador? D#dim Em B C Am G D/A Or am I simply another of the universe's failed experiments? D#dim Em B C Am Either way, I have been wonderin' just how it is D/A C/G G I have never heard the tale of how I got my powers [Verse 2] D/A Am C/G G Thrust into bein', careenin' along Em F C/G On a crooked little trajectory D/A Am C/G G Dissolvin' in movement, a body in orbit Em F C/G Or a roach on his way to the gutter [Verse 3] C G D Am The tail of a comet burned up in an instant, the destruction of mat C ter G D Am C There's no object to be seen in the supercollider G D Am C Just a light in the tunnel and whatever gets scattered G D Am C Life flashin' before the eye of whatever comes after G D Am The force of our impact, the fission C G D Am C The hum of our contact, the sound of our collisions [Outro] G