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Break-Up Song Analysis

Dark Side of Communication

Allison Evans

on 29 September 2010

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Transcript of Break-Up Song Analysis

You Oughta Know Breakup Song Analysis Allison N. Evans Alanis Morissette Produced by: Glen Ballard
Album: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Won two Grammy Awards, Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Also was nominated for Song of the Year, 1996
Ranked #12 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's in December 2007. 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 Alanis starts of the song in a state
of denial. She speaks as if she has accepted the situation of the failed relationship, but in the
next few lines you can tell she has
not moved on. Then she compares the new woman in the man's life by using aggressive questioning. ’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 She tries to make sense of why their relationship
failed by assuming his point of view. Then she
backs up the assumptions with more aggressive questioning. The broken promise is pointed out. 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 Chorus In the chorus, she displays games being played.
Not only is she participating in "kick me", she is
also blaming him for the way she feels. She has yet
to forgive him, so she has yet to let it all go and move
on. 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
Are you thinking of me when you f**** her? Her jealousy comes out when she reflects
on how he appears to be doing. She tries
to approach him in a way that seems to be polite, but she is trying to get revenge by
making him feel guilty. ‘Cause the joke that you laid on 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? She resumes the "kick me" game by referring
to herself as a joke. She then seeks revenge by hoping that she and what happened will always remain and consume his thoughts. Background
Theory Overview Social Exhange Theory She blames her actions and feelings
on his actions. She initialy engaged in
social exchange anticipating reciprocity,
but failed to recieve it. Overall Themes denial
revenge "You Oghta Know"... ... Alanis, That it IS better to forgive and move on
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