(Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images) Singer Alanis Morissette (R) is greeted by the Philly Phanatic after singing the National Anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia November 2, 2009. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/FOX via Getty Images) Actor Bryan Greenberg (L) and singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette attend Montblanc and Urban Arts Partnershipï¿½s 24 Hour Plays in Los Angeles at The Shore Hotel on June 20, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
Alanis co-wrote the song with Glen Ballard, while also playing the flute.
The title of the song is repeated throughout the track, in regards to being lazy, gaining weight, getting sick, going bankrupt, growing old and losing sanity.
Like the track mentioned next, this song shows how truly talented Alanis is vocally.
She sings the whole song with the same lyrics as Sting uses, except at the end, she changes “king of pain” to “queen of pain.” If you listen to any track covered by Alanis, I highly recommend that “King of Pain” be first on your list. This acapella song seems to be about a woman going into her ex-lover’s house without him knowing, where she puts on his robe, finds his cologne, plays his Joni Mitchell records, burns his incense, takes a bath and then finds a letter from her ex’s new lover.
On her 2005 Diamond Wink Tour, she did the song as a tribute “to all of the dads in the audience.” Lyrics include, “please be philosophical / please be tapped into your feminity / please be able to take the wheel from me / please be crazy and curious” and “papa love your princess / so she will find loving princes familiar / papa cry for your princess / so she will find gentle princes familiar.” This song can be looked at from several perspectives, but mainly it seems to be about how women tend to date men that contain both the positive and negative traits of their fathers.
She is asking dads everywhere to be kind to their daughters so they will find men later in life who are also kind to them.“Still” is a song written by Alanis for the 1999 soundtrack to “Dogma.” In the film, Alanis plays the part of God.Lyrics include, “I am your tragedy and your fortune / I am your crisis and delight / I am your profits and your prophets / I am your art, I am your vice / I am your death and your decisions / I am your passion and your plight / I am your sickness and convalescence / I am your weapons and your light.” The song continues, “I see you holding your grudges / I see you gunning them down / I see you silencing your sisters / and I love you still / and I love you still.” Essentially Alanis is singing from the point of God, who is both nothing and everything at the same time. Although the unplugged version of this song would later become a single, the highest it charted was #24 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks.“Princes Familiar” is a track off of Alanis’s 1999 album, .Supposedly this track is one of the artist’s favorites to perform live, perhaps because it contains difficult vocals.Added Paulus, "Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis' songs feels more needed now than ever."Released in 1995, Jagged Little Pill was co-written with Glen Ballard and has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide to date. T.'s production of Jagged Little Pill is produced by special arrangement with Vivek J.