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Alanis Morissette: You Learn Meaning


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Song Released: 1996

You Learn Lyrics

Oh, oh, oh…

I(yay) recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone, yeah.
I(yayay) recommend walking around naked in your living room, yeah.

Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)!
It feels so good (swimming in your...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd 2019 report

    I always thought the song was about living and learning. Going through shit, getting your heart broken and getting beat up. The only way you learn is if you make mistakes.
    As Alanis says, you live, you learn.

  2. zhizhumao
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    Mar 21st 2013 report

    This is about learning to live with the lacerating heartache that slowly emerges after you have thrown caution to the winds, let someone know that you are hopelessly in love with them, and then had to swallow that “jagged little pill.” At first, you may even think it feels good, swimming in your stomach. You are at least in real, honest dialogue with the beloved, and the ecstasy of your affection has deluded you into imagining it to be so powerful that you can handle even the possibility of its not being powerfully reciprocated. But you have yet to digest this pill. As the smoke clears and the dust settles, you realize you have in fact bitten off far more than you can chew emotionally. If you had not stuck your foot in your mouth, maybe you wouldn’t be feeling like your heart has been trampled underfoot. As it is, you’re stuck with this anguished longing and heartache, together with the sure knowledge that it is NOT requited. Eventually, you’re going to have to melt this thing down, even though right now you can’t imagine how. Maybe you’ll just have to slowly wear it out, the way a young child wears out a toy she is currently obsessed with. Meanwhile, your lack of caution has left you completely exposed to reality’s cold winds and harsh sunlight. The fire-truck lights are flashing, the sirens blaring, and now it’s obvious to everyone that your emotional house is on fire. Who knows whether even they can douse the blaze, before the house burns down? Well, you live, you learn…

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