"Unprodigal Daughter" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
I had disengaged to avoid being totaled
I would run away and say good riddance soon enough
I had grown disgusted by your small-minded ceiling
To imagining myself bolting had not been difficult

Soon be my life
Soon be my pace
Soon be my choice of which you'll have no part of

Unprodigal Daughter and I'm heading for the west
Disenchanted daughter and this plane cannot fly fast enough
Unencumbered daughter hit the ground running at last!
I'd invite you but I'm busy being unoppressed

I hit the ground running although I know not what toward
I hit the town reeling forgetting all that came before
I felt primed and ready unsurrounded by the pawns
I felt culture shocked, but dissuaded, I was not

This is my town
This is my voice
This is my taste of what you've have no part of

Unprodigal Daughter and I'm heading for the west
Disenchanted daughter and this plane cannot fly fast enough
Unencumbered daughter hit the ground running at last!
I'd invite you but I'm busy being unoppressed

One day I'll saddle back and speak foreign adventures
One day I'll double back and tell you about these unfettered years
One day I'll look back and feel something other than relieved
Glad that I left when I did before your dear, you can't got the best of me

When I'd speak of artistry you would roll your eyes skyward
When I'd speak of spirituality you label me absurd
When I spoke of impossibility you would frown and shake your head
If I had stayed much longer I'd have surely imploded

These are my words
This is my house
These are my friends of which you've had no part of

Unprodigal Daughter and I'm heading for the west
Disenchanted daughter and this plane cannot fly fast enough
Unencumbered daughter hit the ground running at last!
I'd invite you but I'm busy being unoppressed

Unprodigal Daughter and I'm heading for the west
Disenchanted daughter and this plane cannot fly fast enough
Unencumbered daughter hit the ground running at last!
I'd invite you but I'm busy being unoppressed



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"Unprodigal Daughter" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentThis is my favorite Alanis song.

    I think the meaning is pretty self-explanatory. It's about wanting to be free from the restraints other people put on you and finally acheiving that.

    My favorite lines:
    "When I’d speak of artistry you would roll your eyes skyward
    When I’d speak of spirituality you would label it absurd"
    loudlyintrovertedon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree. Every girl who feels this song is a ''unprodigal daughter'' and if you are a guy, you're the unprodigal son, it works on so many levels, it kind of makes me laugh sometimes too!
    that_sullen_girlon July 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti used to lock myself in my room and play this song when i was pissed off with my parents
    o0_Fly_0oon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti don't know for sure but i thought it might've had something to do with either HER experiences in india or the experiences of other young women in inidia. She's "heading for the west", and she's "being unoppressed".
    "Glad that I left when I did before “no dear you can't” got the best of me"- i know she spent time with guru's and religious figures in india- i wondered if some (or someone) attempted to oppress her on the basis of her gender, leading her to return to the west. The difficulty i have with this song is that it could encourage xenophobia, and fuel racial stereotypes (if the meaning suggested IS the intended meaning). I'd like to think the song was written about one isolated incident (everyone knows that she loves indian culture anyway).
    dandeman2010on March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA few lyrics that go against waht Dandeman2010 says are...

    "I had grown disgusted by your small-minded ceiling"

    This whole verse...

    "One day I’ll saddle back and speak of foreign adventures
    One day I’ll double back and tell you about these unfettered years
    One day I’ll look back and feel something other than relieved
    Glad that I left when I did before “no dear you can't” got the best of me"

    oh and the verse directly after it...

    "’d speak of artistry you would roll your eyes skyward
    When I’d speak of spirituality you would label it absurd
    When I spoke of possibility you would frown and shake your head
    If I had stayed much longer I’d have surely imploded"

    Oh, and you know how I only took one line out of the first verse to dis-prove him? well upon further examination the entire verse wouldn't make sense....

    ummmm... dandeman... wtf mate?
    sadistlitlePuppyon February 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment@ dandeman2010

    Sorry Dude its not about her trip tp India AT ALL... check her video on youtube where She says in her own words: "this is a little song about me leaving from Canada to Los Angeles" which makes total sense :)

    the link for the tube video is youtube.com/…
    chealseagrlon April 03, 2010   Link

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