Poor Alanis Morissette gets a raw deal. Long hair, warbling voice, man-hating lyrics… or are they? To the ignorant, one song has defined a performer. One song about a cheating, lying man who did her wrong. Who, in their right mind, would take that kind of behaviour lying down?

If you delve into the lyrics deeper you’ll find a poet, some one who is not afraid to embrace her weird and creative side. She is quirky. Playing God in a movie (Dogma) proves it. And I like it. Quirky is good. Afterall, we’re all different to each other, so why not embrace it?

I, too, have learned to embrace my quirky side. That’s why I love writing. In this space you are free to create. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. You can try your hand at poetry, articles, fiction, blogging… it’s all open like a blank canvas ready to be filled. To me, that is what Alanis does with her lyrics. She fills canvases full of her soul, combining music and the written word which is so relatable. Things that we only think, she sings about. She is raw and vulnerable and that is powerful in any creative sphere.

Here are a few of my favourite Alanis lyrics:

  • “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 ” (You Learn 1995)
  • “All I really want is some peace man
    a place to find a common ground
    And all I really want is a wavelength
    All I really want is some comfort
    A way to get my hands untied
    And all I really want is some justice… ” (All I really want 1995)
  • “that I would be loved even when I numb myself
    that I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
    that I would be loved even when I was fuming
    that I would be good even if I was clingy” (That I would be Good 1998)
  • “But this won’t work as well as the way it once did
    Cuz I want to decide between survival and bliss
    And though I know who I’m not I still don’t know who I am
    But I know I won’t keep on playing the victim

    These precious illusions in my head did not let me down when I was a kid
    And parting with them is like parting with a childhood best friend” (Precious Illusions 2002)

  • “Why no one will help me
    I am too dumb I am too smart
    They’ll not understand me
    I am lonely
    They’ll hate me
    And there is not enough time
    It’s too hard to help me
    And god wants me to work
    No resting no lazy ”  (Excuses 2004)
What are some of your favs?
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