October 24, 2006

no pressure over capuccino

This morning, my iPod played this song for me. My iPod has been playing this for me quite frequently. Weird considering it's on 'shuffle'. For some reason, my iPod likes this song. For some reason, I like this song. I have a special affinity for songs that reference Jesus and the Bible written by people who don't profess to be Christians (another great one is Dave Matthews' "A Christmas Song"). It's always interesting to see these figures from a secular point of view. I googled the lyrics this morning, because Alanis is Canadian :-p Some of the most important words were not what I previously thought they were. And now I like it even more. Disclaimer: I don't pretend to understand this song completely (especially the origin of the title), but I really like that it makes me think. Any intuitive comments about the meaning of this song will be rewarded with great awe. Side note: all the "90's" references, I think, are meant to convey "contemporary" - this song was written in the 90's.

No Pressure Over Capuccino
by Alanis Morissette

And you're like a 90's Jesus
And you revel in your psychosis
How dare you
And you sample concepts like hors d'euvres
And you eat their questions for dessert
Is it just me or is it hot in here?

And you're like a 90's kennedy
And you're really a million years old
You can't fool me
They'll throw opinions like rocks in riots
And they'll stumble around like hypocrites
Is it just me or is it dark in here?

Well you may never be or have a husband you may never have or hold a child
You will learn to lose everything; we are temporary arrangements.

And you're like a 90's Noah
And they laughed at you as you packed all of your things
And they wonder why you're frustrated
And they wonder why you're so angry
And is it just me or are you fed up?

And may God bless you in your travels in your conquests and queries.


At 3:07 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I was waiting to see if you would get any other scholarly or profound comments before I left anything, but no such luck. I like Alanis Morissette, although enough of her lyrics have bothered me in the past that I don't necessarily go looking for her anymore. I don't understand the lyrics of this particular song in the least. And I think I tend to take on a defensive stance when secular artists refer to Jesus or the Bible, assuming that they are not going to use the references in a good way. (I'm not saying that's the way I ought to be, though) In this song, is she saying that it's a bad thing to be like a "90s" Jesus, or a 90s "Jesus"? In a sense, I like her lyrics that refer to us being on this earth temporarily, & yes, we'll know suffering, but it's not like she's telling people how to make a difference in a temporary life or what the reward of the suffering on this earth will be. I'm not going to even touch the Kennedy reference!! Ha!

Well, I'm just hoping my comment will spark some more discussion. Thanks for "letting" me stop by, Emily. I enjoyed your comment on my blog the other day. We'll run into each other again!

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Emily said...

thanks for your comment Lisa! I don't think we're going to get a lot of discussion on this one. Either no one reads this, or no one wants to touch the song. It's difficult to get and I often wonder if it's real scandalous and I'm too naive to see it. Personally, I like the verse about Noah because I think it's universal to be mocked and misunderstood - especially when you're trying to do the right thing. Everyone knows what that feels like.
I'm not a history buff and know reletively little about Kennedy, but I get the feeling that she's talking about someone who tried to make a positive difference and was met with adversity instead. That too, gets universal sympathy. It may be that this song is about how we all struggle with the same things, and yet we're also the ones who inflict these struggles on one another.
I'm afraid to hit 'post'. I am going to sound like a moron. There's someone out there who knows what this song is about, but they're not going to say anything.
Maybe Alanis will comment...

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

If Alanis comments, you're my hero.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger John H said...

Isn't this about a gay friend, too absorbed in their feelings about their orientation, but not without sympathy..

I think the jesus reference is about persecution..

a song of hers I like much better is 'thank you'. It may not truly be written from a Christian perspective but it contains loads of Christian philosophy....'the moment i let go, was the moment i got everything'..etc

At 1:13 AM, Blogger alanisrox69 said...

The song was written about her twin brother Wade. It was co-written with her guitarist Nick Lashley back on the road in 95/96.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous soju said...

HI, just listened to the song for the first time, on youtube, I liked the title so I clicked on it, previously listening to many of alanis songs..
I guess that it is about someone, a good friend she has whom she is studying closely while sitting opposite her/him in a cafe. She/He is pondering on philosophical questions on our existence in the world, and local and global challenges. He/She wishes to change, to help the world, (that might explain the jesus and noah references) being ridiculed for that by all around him/her.
She is then simply whishing him/her all the best for the journey of life and all the visions he/she has in mind...

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Karol said...

Hi guys

Im a brazilian girl and i just loved this song for the rythem it has. Then i went to look for the translation and i didnt get anything. In fact, the title let me a little bit confuse...so i rather to feel the song then try to understand it!!! I think u could just imagine what it would be and...just...feel!!!



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