JAGGED LITTLE PILL

 

All I really want - You oughta know - Perfect - Hand in my pocket -

Right through you - Forgiven - You learn - Head over feet - Mary Jane -

Ironic - Not the doctor - Wake up - Your house

 

1- All I really want

Do I stress you out

My sweater is on backwards and inside out

And you say how appropriate

I don't want to dissect everything today

I don't mean to pick you apart you see

But I can't help it

There I go jumping before the gunshot has gone off

Slap me with a splintered ruler

And it would knock me to the floor if I wasn't there already

If only I could hunt the hunter

 

And all I really want is some patience

A way to calm the angry voice

And all I really want is deliverance

 

Do I wear you out

You must wonder why I'm relentless and all strung out

I'm consumed by the chill of solitary

I'm like Estella

I like to reel it in and then spit it out

I'm frustrated by your apathy

And I am frightened by the corrupted ways of this land

If only I could meet the Maker

And I am fascinated by the spiritual man

I am humbled by his humble nature

 

What I wouldn't give to find a soulmate

Someone else to catch this drift

And what I wouldn't give to meet a kindred

 

Enough about me, let's talk about you for a minute

Enough about you, let's talk about life for a while

The conflicts, the craziness and the sound of pretenses

Falling all around.... all around

 

Why are you so petrified of silence

Here can you handle this?

Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines

Or when you think you're gonna die

Or did you long for the next distraction

And all I need now is intellectual intercourse

A soul to dig the hole much deeper

And I have no concept of time other than it is flying

If only I could kill the killer

 

All I really want is some peace man

A place to find a common ground

And all I really want is a wavelengh

All I really want is some confort

A way to get my hands untied

And all I really want is somme justice.....

 

2- You oughta know

I want you to know that I'm happy for you

I wish nothing but the best for you both

An older version of me

Is she perverted like me

Would she go down on you in a theatre

Does she speak eloquently

And would she have your baby

I'm sure she'd make a really excellent mother

 

'Cause the love that you gave that we made

Wasn't able to make it enough for you to be open wild, no

And every time you speak her name

Does she know how you told me you'd hold me

Until you died, 'til you died

But you're still alive

 

Chorus

And I'm here to remind you

Of the mess you left when you went away

It's not fair to deny me

Of the cross I bear that you gave to me

You, you, you oughta know

 

You seem very well, things look peaceful

I'm not quite as well, I thought you should know

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

 

'Cause the love that you gave that we made

Wasn't able to make it enough for you to be open wild, no

And every time you speak her name

Does she know how you told me you'd hold me

Until you died, 'til you died

 

Repeat chorus

 

'Cause the joke that you laid in the bed that was me

And I'm not gonna fade

As soon as you close your eyes and you know it

And every time I scratch my nails down someone else's back

I hope you feel it.... well can you feel it

 

Repeat chorus

 

3- Perfect

Sometimes is never quite enough

If you're flawless, then you win my love

Don't forget to win first place

Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

 

Be a good boy

Try a little harder

You've got to measure up

And make me prouder

 

How long before you screw it up

And how many times do I have to tell you to hurry up

With everything I do for you

The least you can do is keep quiet

 

Be a good girl

You've gotta try a little harder

That simply wasn't good enough

To make us proud

 

I'll live through you

I'll make you what I never was

If you're the best, then maybe so am I

Compared to him compared to her

I'm doing this for you own damn good

You'll make up for what I blew

What's the problem.... why are you crying

 

Be a good boy

Push a little further now

That wasn't fast enough

To make us happy

We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect

 

4- Hand in my pocket

I'm broke but I'm happy

I'm poor but I'm kind

I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah

I'm high but Im grounded

I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed

I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby

Waht il all comes down to

Is that everything's gonna be fine, fine, fine

'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket

And the other one is giving a high five

I fell drunk but I'm sober

I'm young but I'm underpaid

I'm tired but I'm working, yeah

I care but I'm restless

I'm here but I'm really gone

I'mwrong and I'm sorry baby

Waht it all comes down to

Is that everything's gonna be quite alright

'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket

And the other one is flicking a cigarette

What it all comes down to

Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet

I've got one hand in my pocket

And the other one is giving the peace sign

I'm free but I'm focused

I'm green but I'm wise

I'm hard but I'm friendly baby

I'm sad but I'm laughing

I'm brave but I'm chicken shit

I'm sick but I'm pretty baby

What it all boils down to

Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet

I've got one hand in my pocket

And the other one is playing the piano

What it all comes down to my friends

Is that everything's just fine, fine, fine

'Cause I've got one hand in my pocket

And the other one is hailing a taxi cab...

 

5- Right through you

Wait a minute man

You mispronounced my name

You didn't wait for all the information

Before you turned me away

Wait a minute sir

You kind of hurt my feelings

You see me as a sweet back-loaded puppet

And you've got a meal ticket taste

 

Chorus

I see right through you

I know right through you

I feel right through you

I walk right through you

 

You took me for a joke

You took me for a child

You took a long hard look at my ass

And then played golf for a while

Your shake is like a fish

You pat me on the head

You took me out to wine dine 69 me

But didn't hear a damn word I say

 

Repeat chorus

 

Hello M.r Man

You didn't think I'd come back

You didn't think I'd show up with my army

And this ammunition on my back

Now that I'm Miss Thing

Now that i'm a zillionaire

You scan the credits for your name

And wonder why it's not there

 

Repeat chorus

 

6- Forgiven

You know how us Catholic girls can be

We make up for so much time a little too late

I never forgot it, confusing as it was

No fun with no guilt feelings

The sinners, the saviors, the loverless priests

I'll see you next Sunday

 

Chorus

We all had our reasons to be there

We all had a thing or two to learn

We all needed something to cling to

So we did

 

I sang Alleluia in the choir

I confessed my darkest deeds to an envious man

My brothers they never went blind for what they did

But I may as well have

In the name of the Father, the Skeptic and the Son

I had one more stupid question

 

Repeat chorus

 

What I learned I rejected but I believe again

I will suffer the consequence of this inquisition

If I jump in this fountain, will I be forgiven

 

Repeat chorus

 

We all had delusions in our head

We all had ours minds made up for us

We had to believe in something

So we did

 

7- You learn

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone

I recommend walking around naked in your living room

Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)

It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)

Wait until the dust settles

 

Chorus

You live you learn

You love you learn

You cry you learn

You lose you learn

You bleed you learn

You scream you learn

 

I recommend bitting off more than you can chew to anyone

I certainly do

I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time

Feel free

Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)

Hold it up (to the rays)

You wait and see when the smoke clears

 

Repeat chorus

 

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)

Melt it down (you're gonna have to eventually anyway)

The fire trucks are coming up around the bend

 

Repeat chorus

 

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

 

8- Head over feet

I had no choice but to hear you

You stated your case time and again

I thought about it

 

You treat me like I'm a princess

I'm not used to liking that

You ask how my day was

 

Chorus

You've already won me over in spite of me

Don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet

Don't be surprised if I love you for all that you are

I couldn't help it

It's all your fault

 

Your love is thick and it swallowed me whole

You're so much braver than I gave you credit for

That's not lip service

 

Repeat chorus

 

You are the bearer of inconditional things

You held your breath and the door for me

Thanks for your patience

 

You're the best listener that I've ever met

You're my best friend

Best friend with benefits

What took me so long

 

I've never felt this healthy before

I've never wanted something rational

I am aware now

I am aware now

 

Repeat chorus

 

9- Mary Jane

What's the matter Mary Jane, you had a hard day

As you place the don't disturb sign on the door

You lost your place in line again, what a pity

You never seem to want to dance anymore

 

It's a long way down

On this roller coaster

The last chance streetcar

Went off the track

And you're on it

 

I hear you're counting sheep again Mary Jane

What's the point of tryin' to dream anymore

I hear you're losing weight again Mary Jane

Do you ever wonder who you're losing it for

 

Well it's full speed baby

In the wrong direction

There's a few more bruises

If that's the way

You insist on heading

 

Please be honest Mary Jane

Are you happy

Please don't censor your tears

 

You're the sweet crusader

And you're on your way

You're the last great innocent

And that's why I love you

 

So take this moment Mary Jane and be selfisf

Worry not about the cars that go by

All that matters Mary Jane is your freedom

Keep warm my dear, keep dry

 

Tell me

Tell me

What's the matter Mary Jane

 

10- Ironic

An old man turned ninety-eight

He won the lottery and died the next day

It's a black fly in your Chardonnay

It's a death row pardon two minutes too late

Isn't it ironic... don't you think

 

Chorus

It's like rain on your wedding day

It's a free ride when you've already paid

It's a good advice that you just didn't take

Who would've thought.... it figures

 

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly

He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye

He waited his whole damn life to take that flight

And as the plane crashed down he thought

"Well isn't this nice...."

And isn't it ironic.... don't you think

 

Repeat chorus

 

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you

When you think everything's okay and everything's going right

And life has a funny way of helping you out when

You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up

In your face

 

A traffic jam when you're already late

A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break

It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife

It's meeting the man of my dreams

And then meeting his beautiful wife

And isn't it ironic... don't you think

A little too ironic... and yeah I really do think...

 

Repeat chorus

 

Life as a funny way of sneaking up on you

Life as a funny, funny way of helping you out

Helping you out

 

11- Not the doctor

I don't want to be the filler if the void is solely yours

I don't want to be your glass of single malt whiskey

Hidden in the bottom drawer

I don't want to be a bandage if the wound is not mine

Lend me some fresh air

I don't want to be adored for what I merely represent to you

I don't want to be your babysitter

You're a very big boy now

I don't want to be your mother

I didn't carry you in my womb for nine months

Show me the back door

 

Chorus

Visiting hours are 9 to 5 and I show up at 10 past 6

Well I already know that you find some way to sneak me in and oh

Mind the empty bottle with the holes along the bottom you see

You see it's too much to ask for and I am not the doctor

 

I don't want to be the sweeper of the eggshells that you walk upon

I don't want to be your other half I believe that 1 and 1 make 2

I don't want to be your food or the light from the fridge

On your face at midnight

Hey what are you hungry for

I don't want to be the glue that holds your pieces together

I don't want to be your idol

See this pedestal is high and I'm afraid of heights

I don't want to live through

A vicarious occasion

Please open the window

 

Repeat chorus

 

I don't want to live on someday when my motto is last week

I don't want to be responsible for your fractured heart

And its wounded beat

I don't want to be a substitute for the smoke you've been inhaling

What do you thank me

What do you thank me for

 

Repeat chorus

 

12- Wake up

You like snow but only if it's warm

You like rain but only if it's dry

No sentimental value to the rose that fell on your floor

No fundamental excuse for the granted I'm taken for

 

'Cause it's easy not to

So much easier not to

And what goes around never comes around to you

 

You like pain but only if it doesn't hurt to much

You sit... and you wait.... to receive

There's an obvious attraction

To the path of least resistance in your life

There's an obvious aversion no amount of my insistance

Could make you try tonight

 

'Cause it's easy not to

So much easier not to

And what goes around never comes around to you

To you to you to you to you to you

There's no love no money no thrill anymore

 

There's an apprehensive naked little trembling boy

With his head in his hands

There's an underestimated and impatient little girl

Raising her hand

 

But it's easy not to

So much easier not to

And what goes around never comes around to you

To you, to you

 

Get up get up get up off of it

Get up get up get up off of it

Get out get outta here enough already

Get up get up get up off of it

Wake up

 

(caché 13- You oughta know et Your house)

I went to your house

Walked down the stairs

I opened your door without ringing the bell

 

I walked down th hall

Into your room

Where I could smell you and I

Shouldn't be here

Without permission

Shouldn't be here

 

Would you forgive me love

If I dance in your shower

Would you forgive me love

If I laid in your bed

Would you forgive love

If I stay all afternoon

 

I took of my clothes

Put on your robe

Went through your drawers

And I found your cologne

Went down to the den

Found your cds

And I play your joni

And I shouldn't stay long

You might be home soon

I shouldn't stay long

 

Would you forgive me love

If I dance in your shower

Would you forgive me love

If I laid in your bed

Would you forgive me love

If I stay all afternoon

 

I burned your incense

I ran a bath

I noticed a letter that sat on your desk

It said hello love

I love you so love

Meet me at midnight

And no it wasn't my writing

I better go soon

It wasn't my writing

 

So forgive me love

If I cry in your shower

So forgive me love

For the salt in your bed

So forgive me love if I cry all afternoon

 

All music composed by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard. All lyrics by Alanis Morissette.

The following people have contributed either their magic, faith, time, energy, vision, passion, support or friendship in an important and appreciated way :

My spiritual brother, Glen Ballard (words cannot express my gratitude...); My manager/crusader Scott Welch; John Alexander, Guy Oseary, Freddy DeMann, Abbey Konowitch, Madonna, Fred Goldring, Kurt Denny, Chris Fogel, Ken Hertz, Bob Cavallo, Terry SAwchuk, Cris Tortolano, Brent Bodrug, Tim Thorney, David Baxter, everyone at Maverick Records and at MCA Publishing, all the musicians, my friends and family. Thank you each beaucoup.

 

You oughta know - Hand in my pocket - You learn - Head over feet - Ironic

  

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