Album: Flavors of Entanglement (2008)
Play Video


  • Morissette told Billboard magazine that this song is "essentially a song about my readiness to stop repeating bad patterns. I've kicked some of those in my life."
  • The album title comes from the lyric in this song. "I do need a breather from the flavors of entanglement. I declare a full time-out from all this commitment."
  • Many of the songs on this set were inspired by Morissette's break-up of her engagement to actor Ryan Reynolds.
  • The Canadian singer-songwriter told Live Daily why she decided to name the album "Flavors of Entanglement": "It's describing that which I need a break from, to say the least. I'm taking a little breather on the old jumping into commitment thing. A lot of the songs, thematically, hover around that subject."
  • The album was produced and co-written by Guy Sigsworth (the former Frou Frou member who's worked with Seal ("Crazy"), Björk ("It's Oh so Quiet") and Madonna ("What It Feels Like For a Girl")). Morissette told Live Daily about working with Sigsworth: "I remember hearing the Frou Frou song he did called "Let Go." I remember hearing that record and I thought, "This is a flawless piece of production. I would love to work with this person, whomever it is." I didn't know who it was at first. I tracked him down, called him and he was up for it and excited. We kicked ass together, I think. [Laughs]"
  • Morissette had been in relationships since her teenage years, but after breaking-up with Ryan Reynolds, she spent a year living the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle. The singer-songwriter explained to the London Times June 14, 2008 that this song is about her year of debauchery. She said: "It's about the clarity, the exultation, finally bursting out of this self-imposed prison and just declaring that I would like to take a break because I was always the girl that would go from relationship to relationship and never have a breather. So taking a year off from any kind of commitment has been amazing. It's been such a rite of passage. Spending a year getting in trouble has been really, really fun."

Comments: 1

  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThe music in the song is similar to A Day in the Life by The Beatles.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Peter Lord

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.

Kristian Bush of Sugarland

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"They're Playing My Song

Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads

Chris Frantz of Talking HeadsSongwriter Interviews

Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz on where the term "new wave" originated, the story of "Naive Melody," and why they never recorded another cover song after "Take Me To The River."

Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.

Intentionally Atrocious

Intentionally AtrociousSong Writing

A selection of songs made to be terrible - some clearly achieved that goal.