I Was Hoping

Alanis Morissette

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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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As we were talking outside
It was cold
We were shivering, yet warmed by the subject matter

My wife is in the next room
We've been having troubles you know
Please don't tell her or anyone
But I need to talk to somebody

You said, wouldn't it be a shame if I knew how great I was
Five minutes before I died? I'd be filled with such regret
Before I took my last breath
And I said, you're willing to tell me this now
And you're not going to die
Anytime soon
And I said, I haven't been eating chicken
Or meat or anything

And you said yes
But you've been wearing leather 
And laughed and said
We're at the top of the food chain
And yes, you're still a fine woman
And I cringed

I was hoping
I was hoping we could heal each other
I was hoping
I was hoping we could be raw together

We left the restaurant 
Where the head waiter in his 60s, said
Goodbye, sir, thank you for your business sir
You're successful and established, sir
We like the frequency with which you dine here, sir
And your money
And when I walked by, they said thank you too, dear
I was all pigtails and cords
And there was a day when I would've said something like
Hey dude, I could buy and sell this place, so kiss it
I too once thought I was owed something

I was hoping
I was hoping we could challenge each other
I was hoping
I was hoping we could crack each other up

I too thought that when proved wrong, I lost somehow
I too once thought life was cruel
And it's a cycle, really
You think I'm withdrawing and guilt tripping you
I think you're insensitive and I don't feel heard

(And I said do you believe we are)
Fundamentally judgmental?
Fundamentally evil?
And you said yes
I said, I don't believe in revenge
In right or wrong, good or bad
You said well, what about the man that I saw 
Handcuffed in the emergency room
Bleeding after beating his kid
And she threw a shoe at his head
And I think what he did was wrong
And I would've have had a hard time feeling
Compassion for him
I had to watch my tone for fear of having you feel judged

I was hoping
I was hoping we could dance together
I was hoping
I was hoping we could be creamy together

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Written by: Glen Ballard, Alanis Morissette

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