Retro: Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know

by Jess Grant | 5/4/12

Jagged Little Pill to Alanis Morissette is what Rumours is to Fleetwood Mac. Take that for a controversial analogy! But seriously, love her or hate her, there is no denying every damn track on Morissette's JLP was a fucking SMASH!

To this day, the album's stinging lead single, “You Oughta Know,” remains one of the greatest revenge tracks ever written. It is rumoured to be about Alanis' relationship with Dave Coulier, but we have heard that it is actually about Dave Coulier, a fellow Canadian.  But whoever the track may be targeting, one thing's for sure, this woman is FUCKED OFF (I mean come on, she gave you head in a theatre and you still had the balls to BETRAY her?!?).

 

Considering her penchant for anti-penis paeans, it is somewhat unsurprising Beyonce intermingles this with “If I Were A Boy” live. And our Honey B blows the doors off with it every damn time <3.

  

 

FYI: Alanis Morissette has a new album out in June. No, we don't really care either.

"You Oughta Know" Lyrics:

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 wide, no
And every time you speak her name
Does she know how you told me you'd hold me
Until you died, till you died
But you're still alive

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
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 wide, 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

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

'cause the joke that you laid on 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

Well, 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

 

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