Right Through You
Alanis Morissette Lyrics


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Wait a minute, man
You mispronounced my name
You didn't wait for all the information
Before you turned me away
Wait a minute, sir
You kind of hurt my feelings
You see me as a sweet back-loaded puppet
And you've got meal ticket taste

I see right through you
I know right through you
I feel right through you
I walk right through you

You took me for a joke
You took me for a child
You took a long hard look at my ass
And then played golf for a while
Your shake just like a fish
You pat me on the head
You took me out to wine dine, sixty-nine me
But didn't hear a damn word I said

I see right through you
I know right through you
I feel right through you
I walk right through you

Oh, hello, Mr. Man
You didn't think I'd come back
You didn't think I'd show up with my army
And this ammunition on my back
Now that I'm Miss Thing
Now that I'm a zillionaire
You scan the credits for your name
And wonder why it's not there

I see right through
I know right through you




I feel right through
I walk right through you, you

Overall Meaning

Right Through You is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, and it is the fifth track on her groundbreaking album Jagged Little Pill. The song is about men who underestimate her and treat her poorly, thinking she'll just go away or be forgotten. In the first verse, Alanis sings about a man who mispronounced her name and turned her away without listening to her fully. The woman in the song is disappointed that the man didn't give her proper time and attention before making his decision. In the chorus, Alanis asserts that she sees, knows, feels, and walks right through him, meaning that she sees through his facade and recognizes his true intentions.


In the second verse, Alanis addresses another man who took her for a joke and didn't take her seriously, treating her like a child. He looked at her body rather than listening to what she had to say. The man shakes like a fish, a metaphor for his weakness and lack of power, and pats her on the head, showing his disrespect for her. He took her out to wine and dine her, but he didn't care enough to listen to her words. In the final verse, Alanis says that she's returned, and she's Miss Thing and a zillionaire. She has an army and ammunition on her back, meaning that she's not alone in her fight against those who dismissed her. The man scans the credits for his name, wondering why he's not included, and thus understands his lack of relevance in her world.


Line by Line Meaning

Wait a minute, man
Hold on a second, fella


You mispronounced my name
You got my name wrong


You didn't wait for all the information
You didn't listen to everything I had to say before making a decision


Before you turned me away
Before dismissing me


Wait a minute, sir
Excuse me, sir


You kind of hurt my feelings
You caused me some emotional pain


You see me as a sweet back-loaded puppet
You view me as someone who will do whatever you want


And you've got meal ticket taste
You're only interested in things that make money


I see right through you
I can see your true intentions


I know right through you
I understand your motives


I feel right through you
I can sense what you're really like


I walk right through you
I don't let you affect me


You took me for a joke
You thought I was not to be taken seriously


You took me for a child
You treated me like a kid


You took a long hard look at my ass
You ogled my body


And then played golf for a while
And then went about your leisure activities


Your shake just like a fish
You're nervous, like a fish out of water


You pat me on the head
You condescend to me


You took me out to wine dine, sixty-nine me
You wined and dined me and probably expected sexual favours in return


But didn't hear a damn word I said
But you didn't listen to me


Oh, hello, Mr. Man
Well, well, well, Mr. Big Shot


You didn't think I'd come back
You thought I wouldn't return


You didn't think I'd show up with my army
You didn't expect me to come back with a group of people to back me up


And this ammunition on my back
And with all the evidence to prove you wrong


Now that I'm Miss Thing
Now that I have some success and power


Now that I'm a zillionaire
Now that I have a lot of money


You scan the credits for your name
You look for recognition for yourself


And wonder why it's not there
And wonder why you are not mentioned


I see right through you
I still see your true nature


I know right through you
I am still aware of your motives


I feel right through
I still sense your true nature


I walk right through you, you
I am not intimidated by you




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Alanis Nadine Morissette, Glen Ballard

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