Sunday, February 22, 2009

Alanis on a Sunday


I'm not embarrassed to have an Alanis Morissette song as one of my all time favorites. I will say that it's the only Alanis song I have on my iTunes, but that's more about lack of resources than hate. I'd listen to her more, but she's in line behind other music I want to buy.

I love her song, Everything, for several reasons. I love the acoustic guitars on it (I'm looking for a partner to learn to play this, and I like the fact that it takes two in this song). I love the melody and progression of the song. But this song is mostly about the lyric for me.

These days I like the word thick. So many strategies for life are thin and don't account for much. The beauty is in the complexity, and sometimes that complexity is seemingly contradictory. But there are things that can hold contradictions together meaningfully, things like faith, hope, and love. And this song is about love. It's not thin love, a sugar high. It's thick, like a great microbrew, or something, you know, full and complex.

Everything

I can be an asshole of the grandest kind
I can withhold like it's going out of style
I can be the moodiest baby and you've never met anyone
Who is as negative as I am sometimes

I am the wisest woman you've ever met.
I am the kindest soul with whom you've connected.
I have the bravest heart that you've ever seen
And you've never met anyone
Who's as positive as I am sometimes.

You see everything, you see every part
You see all my light and you love my dark
You dig everything of which I'm ashamed
There's not anything to which you can't relate
And you're still here

I blame everyone else, not my own partaking
My passive-aggressiveness can be devastating
I'm terrified and mistrusting
And you've never met anyone as,
As closed down as I am sometimes.

You see everything, you see every part
You see all my light and you love my dark
You dig everything of which I'm ashamed
There's not anything to which you can't relate
And you're still here

What I resist, persists, and speaks louder than I know
What I resist, you love, no matter how low or high I go

I'm the funniest woman that you've ever known
I'm the dullest woman that you've ever known
I'm the most gorgeous woman that you've ever known
And you've never met anyone
Who is as everything as I am sometimes

You see everything , you see every part
You see all my light and you love my dark
You dig everything of which I'm ashamed
There's not anything to which you can't relate
And you're still here

2 comments:

Lisa said...

I like it. Today, I am that woman. Actually, every day, I am that woman, but today it means more because of what I was thinking about on Friday.

Cheryl Russell said...

Great song. Good to hear from you here. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! God Bless!