Album: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  • Sometimes is never quite enough
    If you're flawless, then you'll win my love
    Don't forget to win first place
    Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

    Be a good boy
    Try a little harder
    You've got to measure up
    Make me prouder

    How long before you screw it up
    How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up
    With everything I do for you
    The least you can do is keep quiet

    Be a good girl
    You've gotta try a little harder
    That simply wasn't good enough
    To make us proud

    I'll live through you
    I'll make you what I never was
    If you're the best, then maybe so am I
    Compared to him compared to her
    I'm doing this for your own damn good
    You'll make up for what I blew
    What's the problem, why are you crying

    Be a good boy
    Push a little farther now
    That wasn't fast enough
    To make us happy
    We'll love you just the way you are
    If you're perfect Writer/s: Glen Ballard, Alanis Nadine Morissette
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI remember hearing this song in junior high, really struck a cord with me - the lyrics are are so truthful.
  • Jailene from K-town, WaThis song reminds me of my relationship with my dad and stepmom. They're constantly pushing and pushing me to do better than I did, but what I do is (usually) my best. And how the heck can we be expected to do better than our best? Yeah. That's what I thought.
  • Loren from Wellington, New ZealandThis song is about never being good enough, no matter how hard you try. I relate it to my feelings as a teen trying to live up to my parents and God's expectations
  • Rebekah from Prince George, VaTo me the song is about tring to be perfect and can't and screw up more when you try
  • Sarah-michelle from Leeds, Englandalanis says that she started writing a song line-by-line and only realised what it was about half way through, this song became 'perfect', and literally sounds like it did when she was writing it.
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