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you learn

the fire trucks are coming up around the bend...


i recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
i recommend walking around naked in your living room
swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
it feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
wait until the dust settles

you live, you learn
you love, you learn
you cry, you learn
you lose, you learn
you bleed, you learn
you scream, you learn

i recommend biting off more than you can chew to anyone, i certainly do
i recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at anytime, feel free
throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
hold it up (to the rays)
you wait and see when the smoke clears

you live, you learn
you love, you learn
you cry, you learn
you lose, you learn
you bleed, you learn
you scream, you learn

wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)
melt it down (you’re gonna have to eventually anyway)
the fire trucks are coming up around the bend

you live, you learn
you love, you learn
you cry, you learn
you lose, you learn
you bleed, you learn
you scream, you learn

you grieve, you learn
you choke, you learn
you laugh, you learn
you choose, you learn
you pray, you learn
you ask, you learn
you live, you learn


analysis: what is unique about "you learn" is that it takes old, overused clichés and puts a whole new spin on each of them. she recommends "sticking your foot in your mouth", an expression for saying something stupid, or "biting off more than you can chew", a nod to the old adage "don't bite off more than you can chew". she's sending the message that it's okay to make mistakes because you learn from all of them. and of course, the biggest cliché of them all - "you live, you learn" - is exploited to the extreme. alanis is saying anything you do, whether it is loving, crying, losing, bleeding, screaming, or whatever contributes to a person's wisdom. basically, alanis believes that a lot of life experience is a good thing.

"a lot of times when you're immersed in something painful, you don't realize there's any lesson. a lot of what i wrote about were difficult times from which i walked away a better person." - alanis, sound and media 1996
 
"this was one of the first songs that glen ballard and i wrote for jagged little pill, during a time when i was very insolated and had just moved to los angeles. and i was prepared for perhaps the first time to focus on things that were negative because i was always encouraged to focus on things that were positive. things like confusion, depression and those kinds of things were to be hidden or repressed. having done that for so many years resulted in an explosion of sorts, so writing jagged little pill was that explosion. a lot of things were very sub-conscience and thats why everything was relatively urgent, even emotions that were loving and compassionate; everything was very urgent because i was prepared to sing about my truth in a way that i hadnt before in my music. when i think of jagged little pill i think of that particular time of my life, it was a very big turning point for me." - alanis, vh1 storytellers

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