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It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you've already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn't take
And who would’ve thought?

...It figures


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Heaven forbid I be criticized
Heaven forbid I be ignored

Did you just call her amazing?
Surely we both can't be amazing
And give up my hard-earned status
As fabulous freak of nature


You Oughta Know mini3.jpg (17060 bytes)

Did you forget about me, Mr. Duplicity?
I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner
It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced
And are you thinking of me when you fuck her?


wpe5.jpg (17139 bytes) Thank U

Thank you India
Thank you Providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you, thank you silence


You Learn  mini5.jpg (23745 bytes)

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn




alanis10.jpg (41525 bytes) Uninvited

Like any uncharted territory
I must seem greatly intriguing
You speak of my love like
You have experienced love like mine before
But this is not allowed
You’re uninvited
An unfortunate slight

I don't think you unworthy
I need a moment to deliberate


Pollyanna Flower amWhiteStrat.jpg (49077 bytes)

Between the broken nose and a fake smile
Between fighting and fleeing the scene
Between murder and diplomacy
Between aggression and implosion

What am I to do with all this fire?
Would you stay here with me in this red space?

Between violence and silently seething
Between my fist and my Pollyanna Flower
Between fuck you to your face and it's all right
Between war and denial


alanis4.jpg (43208 bytes) UR

Suits in the living room
Do you realize guys I was born in 1974?
We've got someone here to explain your publishing
You know how much you love to be
In front of audiences

Resilient you are
Big time you are
Ruthless you are
Precious you are


Baba  RollingStoneCover.jpg (88192 bytes)

How long will this take Baba?
How long have we been sleeping?
Do you see me hanging on to every word you say?
How soon will I be holy?
How much will this cost guru?
How much longer 'til you
Completely absolve me?


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If we were our nametags
If we were our rejections
If we were our outcomes I'd be joining you
If we were our indignities
If we were our successes
If we were our emotions I'd be joining you


Liner Notes, Now is the Time alanis_sings.jpg (13592 bytes)

No Regrets.  Growth.  Give yourself credit.  Everybody is different.  Their view of you may not be correct.  Does it really matter?   Who matters?  You.  Who do you love?  What do you know that no one else knows?  Take a chance.  Talk, listen, cry.  You know how to laugh.   Make a fool of yourself.  Honesty.  Enjoy the highs, appreciate the lows.. . .they are humbling.   Learn.  Learn about you.  Be aware.   Patience.  Be positive.  Be hopeful.  Don't ever let anyone destroy who you are and what you believe.  Be open to change and evolution.  Accept.   Reach out.  Ask questions.  Hear the answers.  Are they right?   Live for the moment but anticipate a future.  A good one.  You deserve it.  Work very hard.  Don't stop.  Admit weaknesses. . .your strengths will speak for themselves.   Use your gifts.  Yes, you have gifts.   Forgive.  Let go.  Swallow your pride.  But spit it up when you're done to make sure it's still intact.  Be gentle.  Strong.  Kiss.   Kissing is wonderful.  Keep a promise.  Conquer a fear.  Don't be perfect, be excellent.  Falter.  Balance.  Be grateful.  Be real.   Never give up.  Don't be afraid.  I believe in you.


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Yeah, I am a hippie. I fluctuate between being very 1996 and very, um, 1970.

I spent a couple of months writing songs that were very personal. Then they were played on this thing called the radio. That's it!

When I was getting my immigration done, under American law I was considered an "alien with a special talent." Er, thanks.

My twenties have been the best years of my life.

The main advice I'd give to young musicians is, don't be afraid to fuck up.

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My whole philosophy on life is that I'm not about external appearance.  What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.

You know, when you're famous, when you're successful, you're surrounded by a bunch of liars.

People have to be validated when they go through an angry state. When you're hurt, your immediate emotion is to protect yourself and get really angry. But in my estimation, anger is a cowardly expression or extension of pain or sadness.


One minute I'm the best album of the year, the next I'm the worst thing that has ever been created on the earth. So, if I want to go on that roller-coaster ride, then I'm an idiot.

Part of me just wants to say, Listen to this old record of mine, watch a couple of the videos, then maybe you'll understand.


You don't really know how amazing things are unless you have that the contrast of things not having been amazing for a certain amount of time. I happen to like this theory.

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The more I know the less tortured I am.


Oh, man, I wish I had me to listen to when I was 14.


I don't think I'm the best, I just think I do it and that a lot of people are enjoying it for what it is and that's how I see myself. I see myself as someone that has been giving the opportunity to communicate my music to a lot of people, and that's it!


A lot of what I wrote about were difficult times from which I walked away a better person.


When I am on stage, it's very spiritual. I feel very close to God when I'm up there. Female artists come up to me and say, Yeah, we're taking over! and I shake my head and say, No, we're not. We're joining.

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The subconscious is a great source for nasty thoughts and lyrics, especially for women because we like to explore our inner demons more than men do. Men hate to go through painful self-analysis, but woman are almost obsessed with it.

I think that the more you open up, the less it has power over you. It's the truth, and people may not agree with it, or may not want to hear it, but it's a really peaceful place for me to be.


I don't get intimidated by people because ... it's hard for me to put into words. I respect people. I'll meet someone and feel respectful and compatible with them, or I won't. It's not ever a matter of me thinking I'm inferior to them.

It's heartening to see that a lot of people are interested in listening to music that just isn't about heartbreak, that just isn't about a love relationship gone right or gone wrong, it's heartening to know that more people are open to being introspective and to hearing music that is going to require more of them, then just to listen.

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I just want to say that most people's growth is done in private, an artist's growth is done in public. And I thank Canada, the country, for accepting that in me.


I don't think I'm the kind of artist who comes across as, I'm a star, you can idolize me. I come across as, I'm human, you can relate to me. I'm saying what a lot of people would want to say but would be far too embarrassed to say. I had been embarrassed to say it. I wrote from a very dysfunctional part of my subconscious that I rarely indulge.


Sometimes on stage I'm like a mirror. My music becomes less about me and more about what the audience sees in me that reminds them of themselves. I sense that some are there to release their own tension and frustrations, and that's gratifying.

I know there are a million more songs. And a million more revelations and thoughts and confusions that I haven't even begun to write about.

I've always been the kind of person that would rather write a book than read it, and write a song rather than listen to one, and have a conversation rather than watch one on TV.

I started making music because I could.

I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it. Right now, to be quite honest, I'm not scared of anything.

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