Alanis Morissette

About Unsent

"Unsent" is a song by Alanis Morissette on her 1998 album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. It was released as the album's third single on March 18, 1999. It was one of the few Junkie tracks on which she played her harmonica. Morissette directed the music video for the song. Without a chorus or hook, "Unsent" has an unconventional song structure. The lyrics consist of letters addressed to Morissette's former boyfriends and friends. The single became a moderate hit, reaching number nine in Canada, number 28 in New Zealand and number 58 in the United States.  


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Dear Matthew, I like you a lot
I realize you're in a relationship
With someone right now and I respect
That I would like you to know that if you're ever single
In the future and you want to come visit me in California
I would be open to spending time with you and finding
Out how old you were when you wrote your first song

Dear Jonathan, I liked you too much 
I used to be attracted to boys
Who would lie to me 
And think solely about themselves and you
Were plenty self-destructive for my taste 
At the time I used to say
The more tragic, the better 
The truth is whenever I think of the early '90s
Your face comes up with a vengeance 
Like it was yesterday

Dear Terrance, I love you muchly 
You've been nothing but open-hearted 
And emotionally available and supportive
And nurturing and consummately there 
For me, I kept drawing you in
And pushing you away 
I remember how beautiful it was to fall asleep
On your couch and cry 
In front of you for the first time
You were the best platform 
From which to jump beyond myself
What was wrong with me

Dear Marcus, you rocked my world 
You had a charismatic way
About you with the women and you got me
Seriously thinking about spirituality 
And you wouldn't let me get away
With kicking my own ass 

But I could never really feel relaxed and looked out
For around you though 
And that stopped us from going any further
Than we did and it's kinda too bad 
'Cause we could've had much more fun

Dear Lou, we learned so much 
I realize we won't be able to talk for some time
And I understand that as I do you
The long distance thing was the hardest 
And we did as well as we could
We were together during a very tumultuous time
In our lives
I will always have your back 
And be curious about you
About your career, your whereabouts

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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: Glen Ballard, Alanis Nadine Morissette

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