All I Really Want

This song represents so much of what I’ve been feeling lately.

All I Really Want
Written & Performed by Alanis Morissette from Jagged Little Pill album.
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 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’m 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 cencept 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 wavelength
All I really want is some comfort
A way to get my hands untied
And all I really want is some justice. . .

2 Comments
  1. You know, musically this was one of my favorites off the album. A.M.’s vocal tricks on some of the words, I really enjoyed.
    I haven’t thought of the lyrics (or the song) in about forever – or at least five years. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing. The lyrics sum up my frustration with Anthony at the moment. It sucks to be living with someone who you love & feel lonely. I like the lyrics becuase they have a sense of resolve. Instead of being all “I’ll never breathe again/I’ll die without” they have that certain sense of:
    Okay, I’ve made up my mind. What now? Where do I go & how do I go from here.
    Thanks again for your support during the B’thon.

  2. This song for me is not about any one person. It sort of sums up my current frustration with my situation at work, my volatile relationship with my younger sister and last but not least, the realization that not everyone who pretends to be your friend, really is there for the long haul.

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