Alanis Morissette

About Uninvited

"Uninvited" is a song by Canadian-American recording artist and songwriter Alanis Morissette, released as a single from the soundtrack of City of Angels in February 1998, becoming Morissette's first new recording since her international debut album, Jagged Little Pill (1995). After the release of the album, Morissette was considered one of the biggest music stars, and many fans anxiously awaited a follow-up. Morissette wrote the song, whilst the production was handled by Morissette herself and Rob Cavallo. "Uninvited" is driven by four piano notes and builds to an instrumental climax, and haunting atmosphere accompanied by cryptic lyrics. 


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Like anyone would be
I am flattered by your fascination with me
Like any hot blooded woman
I have simply wanted an object to crave

But you, you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Must be strangely exciting
To watch the stoic squirm
Must be somewhat heartening
To watch Shepard meet Shepard

But you, you're not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

Like any uncharted territory
I must seem greatly intriguing
You speak of my love like
You have experienced love like mine before

But this is not allowed
You're uninvited
An unfortunate slight

I don't think you unworthy
I need a moment to deliberate

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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian and American singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records Canada. more »

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Written by: Alanis Morissette

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20 facts about this song

Release Details
The song "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette was not released as part of any of her studio albums. Instead, it debuted in 1998 as part of the soundtrack for the 1998 film City of Angels.
Chart Performance
Despite not having a commercial single release, "Uninvited" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart for five weeks.
Award Recognition
The song won two Grammy Awards in 1999, for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Composition and Style
The song was written and composed by Alanis Morissette herself. Its style is characterized by a slow-building orchestral arrangement with haunting lyrics.
Meaning and Interpretation
Morissette has explained that "Uninvited" explores the darker side of fame and celebrity, presenting it as more intrusive and less glamorous than commonly perceived.
Critical Reception
The song was praised by critics for its maturity and complex musicality, marking a departure from Morissette's earlier work.
Song Cover Versions
"Uninvited" has been covered by several artists, including singer-songwriter Freemasons and American musical group Glee Cast.
Noteworthy Performances
In commemoration of the 2015 Juno Awards, Morissette performed "Uninvited" as part of a medley to celebrate her induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Influence on Morissette’s Career
"Uninvited" is considered a significant transition point in Morissette's career, demonstrating her ability to move beyond the post-grunge pop-rock of her "Jagged Little Pill" album and into more experimental artistic territory.
Music Video Release
Unlike most singles, "Uninvited" did not have an official music video. However, a live version of the song included in the artist's "MTV Unplugged" performance often serves as a stand-in.
Release Date
"Uninvited" was released by Alanis Morissette in February 1998 as a soundtrack for the movie "City of Angels."
The song is characteristically dark and mysterious, which embodies Alanis Morissette's signature style. - It's written in the key of G minor with a moderate tempo.
Chart Performance
Despite not being officially released as a commercial single, "Uninvited" reached number one on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts.
Awards and Recognition
"Uninvited" awarded Alanis Morissette a Grammy for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1999. - The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but it did not win.
Connection to Movie
"Uninvited" was specifically written for the "City of Angels” movie. The lyrics were inspired by the movie's storyline about an angel who falls in love with a human.
Commercial Success
Even though it was not commercially released, "Uninvited" was a commercial success. Upon its release, it sold over 7 million copies in the United States.
Music Video
The music video for "Uninvited" was directed by the German director Stefan Ruzowitzky. It's noteworthy that Morissette does not appear anywhere in the video.
Clips in Concerts
"Uninvited" is one of Alanis Morissette’s most performed live songs. She often performs it at her concerts, sometimes as an encore.
Other Versions
Several artists have covered "Uninvited," including Freemasons, Elizabeth Wolfgramm, and Lindsay Ell.
Contribution to Morissette's Career
"Uninvited" established Morissette's reputation as a successful singer-songwriter in the late 1990s. It contributed greatly to her artistic image, showcasing her ability to write emotionally deep and introspective songs.

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