You Oughta Know - 2015 Remaster

by Alanis Morissette

Duration:
4:09
Released:
Jul 06, 1995
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Lyrics for You Oughta Know - 2015 Remaster by Alanis Morissette:

Verse 1
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

Pre-Chorus 1
'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

Chorus
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

Verse 2
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
And are you thinkin' of me when you fuck her?

Pre-Chorus 1
'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

Chorus
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

Pre-Chorus 2
'Cause the joke that you laid in 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?

Chorus
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

Chorus / Outro
Why 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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Song Facts

The ultimate “bad break-up” song. The song discusses the fallout of a breakup and is notable for the raw emotion expressed by Morissette, a trend that was just appearing among female artists at this time, especially in terms of sexuality.

The lead single from Alanis’s breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill, this was the song that propelled the young Canadian singer-songwriter to (somewhat short-lived) superstardom. The song features Flea and Dave Navarro, from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction, respectively, on bass and guitar.

The song received two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third. It reached the top 10 on three different American charts.

The subject of the song has been heavily debated, and while Morissette continues to be silent on the matter, there is strong suggestion that it is about Dave Coulier, better known as Uncle Joey Gladstone from Full House, who once agreed with the assessment, though later retracted his statement.

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