Music Monday: You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrissette

This year marked the 25th anniversary of Alanis Morrisette’s groundbreaking album Jagged Little Pill. Even as I write these words, I can hear the intro to “Hand in My Pocket,” how stark the sounds, how amazing, even if we’re all still wondering, just what does Ironic mean? But the anthem of vitriol goes to “You Oughta Know.” Did you ever dance to it in your apartment? Sing to it at the top of your lungs when no one was around? Oh, just me? 😉

“You Oughta Know” was the first single from Jagged Little Pill and, for those of you who love little music facts, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) played lead guitar and bass, respectively.

Seething, angry, vengeful, brave. Gotta love it.

‘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?

Songwriters: Glen Ballard / Alanis Nadine Morissette

I think it still sounds fresh, relevant. What do you think?

5 thoughts on “Music Monday: You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrissette

  1. I love this album as much today as I did when it came out. It sounds even better to me now that I’m “grown up” and can understand the lyrics. The album starts on a high note, and it’s a wild ride all the way to the end. It’s hard to not sing out loud while listening. xoxo

  2. I love Alanis’ songs, because my mom used to sing it in karaoke when I was young! And now, me and my siblings sing it too. Hahaha. It’s so good to listen to, because it can get a bit nostalgic. Thanks for sharing this! xo

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