Underneath

Album: Flavors of Entanglement (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • This evocation of the loss of someone Morissette had expected to build a life with was inspired by her break-up with the Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. Morissette told Rolling Stone magazine that this song deals with communication breakdowns.
  • The video shows Alanis inside of a heart fighting with her boyfriend. We then see her working as an activist to promote lots of causes while her relationship fails. In the end, she eliminates her activism materials and welcomes her boyfriend back. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Megan - Ottawa, ON
  • "Un" appears to be Morissette's favorite first two letters of a word. Other 'un' songs of her include "Uninvited," "Unsent," "So Unsexy" and "Unprodigal Daughter."

Comments: 2

  • Fariha from Dhaka, BangladeshThis song talks about symptoms of a relationship breaking down. "Look at us raging war in our bedroom..." goes to show how two people may appear happy from the outside but behind closed doors, they argue, fight and don't see eye-to-eye on most things.
    "There is no difference in what we're doing in here
    That doesn't show up as bigger symptoms out there
    So why spend all our time in dressing our bandages
    When we've the ultimate key to the cause right here, our underneath"

    Even if some may feel that these are small occurrences, to her these are symptoms of a crumbling relationship. And when that happens we should look within ourselves...our 'underneath'.
  • Kate from Forked River, Njthis song is so great
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