Alanis Morrisette – Hands Clean

by practicalspactical

If it weren’t for your maturity none of this would have happened
If you weren’t so wise beyond your years I would’ve been able to control myself
If it weren’t for my attention you wouldn’t have been successful and
If it weren’t for me you would never have amounted to very much

Ooh this could be messy
But you don’t seem to mind
Ooh don’t go telling everybody
And overlook this supposed crime

We’ll fast forward to a few years later
And no one knows except the both of us
And I have honored your request for silence
And you’ve washed your hands clean of this

You’re essentially an employee and I like you having to depend on me
You’re kind of my protege and one day you’ll say you learned all you know from me
I know you depend on me like a young thing would to a guardian
I know you sexualize me like a young thing would and I think I like it

Ooh this could get messy
But you don’t seem to mind
Ooh don’t go telling everybody
And overlook this supposed crime

We’ll fast forward to a few years later
And no one knows except the both of us
And I have honored your request for silence
And you’ve washed your hands clean of this

what part of our history’s reinvented and under rug swept?
what part of your memory is selective and tends to forget?
what with this distance it seems so obvious?

Just make sure you don’t tell on me especially to members of your family
We best keep this to ourselves and not tell any members of our inner posse
I wish I could tell the world cuz you’re such a pretty thing when you’re done up properly
I might want to marry you one day if you watch that weight and keep your firm body

Ooh this could be messy and
Ooh I don’t seem to mind
Ooh don’t go telling everybody
And overlook this supposed crime

She says:
“Fame – at this point I say its a planetary value
Wealth, fame, power, at the cost of everytrhing else
I think that value, being shared around the planet
creates in people this thought that if I am famous, I will be happy
and what i’ve come to see is that fame only amplifies that which is there already
so if was depressed or I was insecure or angry or whatever it was
it just amplified it and made everything bigger and didn’t give mewhat it purported to be able to give
so there was this great disillusionment.

at this point in my life it’s clear that I share music bc its part of my life purpose
to write it – the act of the writing it is for me, the act of sharing it is so other people can make it their own
they an derive comfort or inspiration or whatever they want to derive from it so it becomes an offering of some kind
and bc of that I can do it, I can work really hard. If i was singularly doing it just to be in the public eye for gratuitous reasons
i’d probably last about an hour.”