Wake Up
Alanis Morissette Lyrics


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You like snow, but only if it's warm
You like rain, but only if it's dry
There's no sentimental value to the rose that fell on your floor
There's no fundamental excuse for the granted I'm taken for

'Cause it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you
To you

You like pain but only if it doesn't hurt too much
And you sit, and you wait, to receive
There's an obvious attraction
To the path of least resistance in your life
Well, there's an obvious aversion no amount of my insistence
Could make you try tonight

'Cause it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you
To you, to you, to you, to you, to you

There's no love, no money, no thrill anymore

Well, there's an apprehensive, naked, little trembling boy
With his head in his hands
And there's an underestimated and impatient little girl
Raising her hand

But it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you
To you, to you

Get up, get up, get up off of it
Get up, get up, get up off of it
Get out, get outta here, enough already




Get up, get up, get up off of it
Wake up

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Alanis Morissette's "Wake Up" seem to be a call to action, urging the listener to stop going through life on autopilot and to start taking control. The first verse talks about how the person likes certain things, but only if they're a certain way. This could represent someone who likes to be comfortable and in control, but isn't willing to take any risks or deal with any discomfort. The line "there's no sentimental value to the rose that fell on your floor" could mean that the person doesn't appreciate the small things in life or take the time to find beauty in the everyday.


The second verse continues this theme, with the line "there's an obvious attraction to the path of least resistance in your life." This could be interpreted as someone who is afraid to take risks or step out of their comfort zone, and would rather just take the easy way out. The line "there's an underestimated and impatient little girl raising her hand" could represent a part of the person's psyche that wants to take action and make changes, but is being ignored or suppressed by the more cautious part of their personality.


The chorus, with its repetition of "cause it's easy not to," seems to be a reminder that while it might be easier to just go through life on autopilot, it won't lead to any real change or growth. The line "what goes around never comes around to you" could mean that if you don't take action and make changes in your life, you won't feel the benefits or reap the rewards.


Overall, "Wake Up" seems to be a call to action urging the listener to be more mindful and take control of their life, rather than just coasting along and letting life happen to them.


Line by Line Meaning

You like snow, but only if it's warm
You only like things that make you comfortable and everything has to be favourable to you.


You like rain, but only if it's dry
You want things, but everything you want has to be on your terms.


There's no sentimental value to the rose that fell on your floor
You don't have feelings for anything that requires an emotional attachment, you are indifferent to everything falling apart.


There's no fundamental excuse for the granted I'm taken for
You take people, things and livelihood for granted without any valid reason.


'Cause it's easy not to
You are lazy and everything you do is to avoid hard work.


So much easier not to
You don't want to do anything that requires effort and enjoys taking the easy way out.


And what goes around never comes around to you
You don't care about karma and believe that life owes you no payback for what you do.


You like pain but only if it doesn't hurt too much
You don't mind suffering but would not like it to become unbearable.


And you sit, and you wait, to receive
You expect everything to happen without making any effort on your part.


There's an obvious attraction
You are easily drawn towards things that require no effort and are easy to obtain.


To the path of least resistance in your life
You like avoiding conflict and choose an easy way out in every situation.


Well, there's an obvious aversion no amount of my insistence
Your mind is set and no amount of explanation or reasoning can help you change your mindset.


Could make you try tonight
You don't want to try anything new and would rather stick to your old ways.


There's no love, no money, no thrill anymore
You don't see anything exciting or worth looking forward to in life.


Well, there's an apprehensive, naked, little trembling boy
You are an emotional mess from within and have a lot of fears and doubts.


With his head in his hands
You feel overwhelmed and lost about your future.


And there's an underestimated and impatient little girl
You want things to happen quickly and have no patience to wait for anything.


Raising her hand
You are restless and always want attention.


Get up, get up, get up off of it
You need to wake up and stop being so lazy and indolent.


Get out, get outta here, enough already
You need to change your ways and start taking risks in life.


Wake up
You need to realise that you have to work hard and make some effort to achieve anything in life.




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

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@jlogg8738

You like snow but only if it's warm
You like rain but only if it's dry
There's no sentimental value to the rose that fell on your floor
There's no fundamental excuse for the granted I'm taken for

'Cause it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you

You like pain but only if it doesn't hurt too much
And you sit, and you wait, to receive
There's an obvious attraction
To the path of least resistance in your life
Well there's an obvious aversion no amount of my insistence
Could make you try tonight

'Cause it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you
To you, to you, to you, to you, to you

There's no love, no money, no thrill anymore

There's an apprehensive naked little trembling boy
With his head in his hands
And there's an underestimated and impatient little girl
Raising her hand

But it's easy not to
So much easier not to
And what goes around never comes around to you
To you, to you

Get up, get up, get up off of it
Get up, get up, get up off of it
Get out, get outta here, enough already
Get up, get up, get up off of it
Wake up



@Guy123456Chicago

To Miss Morissette.

... I'm just curious ...

What were you angry about when you wrote this song/piece of music?
What was the angry focus/angry inspiration, the basis, for this song/piece of music?
This anger seems to permeate through your entire first album.

... Like I said, I was just curious ...



All comments from YouTube:

@daxmommy

This album is so amazing. Love literally every song. A no skip play through each time EVERY TIME.

@horvis1varnsdorf

I bought this album in summer 1996 (Czech Republic, Europe) and I listened to the CD several times a day, all the songs. Normally 3 times a day. For several months. Until early 1997, I started listening to the album Relish by Joan Osborne. But Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette is my most listened to CD of all time.

@daxmommy

@horvis1varnsdorf that album by Joan Osborne is amazing too.

@gamerdudeguy

Same except for perfect and Mary Jane.

@ravenzaphara5513

This song is a reaffirmation to me about leaving my abuser. This song reminds me to be true to myself and not let others hurt me and push me down. This song is my reminder to myself to Wake Up.

@babarajolliffe9742

Me too....... I left as well 23 ago....... Still powerful

@daryalspencer4675

Amen

@marymorenomariposa

a classic since ‘95.. still get goosebumps and belt this out

@BadGirlRyleigh

Jagged Little Pill is the hands down greatest album ever produced

@ericfletcher8454

The double tracking the vocal, the base and the precision breaths make this song amazing

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