"Forgiven" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Glen Ballard....
You know how us Catholic girls can be
We make up for so much time a little too late
I never forgot it, confusing as it was
No fun with no guilt feelings
The sinners, the saviors, the lover-less priests
I'll see you next Sunday

We all had our reasons to be there
We all had a thing or two to learn
We all needed something to cling to
So we did

I sang Alleluia in the choir
I confessed my darkest deeds to an envious man
My brothers they never went blind for what they did
But I may as well have
In the name of the Father, the Skeptic and the Son
I had one more stupid question

We all had our reasons to be there
We all had a thing or two to learn
We all needed something to cling to
So we did

What I learned I rejected but I believe again
I will suffer the consequence of this inquisition
If I jump in this fountain, will I be forgiven

We all had our reasons to be there
We all had a thing or two to learn
We all needed something to cling to
So we did

We all had delusions in our head
We all had our minds made up for us
We had to believe in something
So we did


Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

"Forgiven" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette Glen Ballard

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    General CommentIts about how religion tries to hide young people form learning about sex. I'm somewhat religious so I'm not going to say anythign bad. This song shows how a young person was curious about sex but was made to feel guilty about it and believeing that a religious practice would clean her mind of it all. I don't think people should be restricted as much as they are from learning about sex, yes be taught how to be careful but no-one will stop people from having sex, especialy not parents. Alanis Morissette is fantastic at expressing her views in a hidden way. The meanings of her songs are not obvious. Fantastic though.
    Surrenderyouregoon March 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have to agree that it's about sexuality specifically. It can be applied to Catholicism in general, but I hear the repressed sexuality. The opening lines say, "You know how us Catholic girls can be / We make up for so much time a little too late." The stereotype of a Catholic school girl is that sexual innocence. She makes references to the celibate priests, and mentions "My brothers, they never went blind for what they did / But I may as well have." It's that double standard: guys are supposed to "get lucky" but girls are expected to resist, like we should have more control. So stupid. Anyway, I think the way she alludes to the Trinity is interesting; instead of saying the Holy Ghost, she mentions "the Skeptic". It's like part of religion for her is cynicism, like her disbelief that she should be submitted to so many restraints. All in all, this is one of my favorite songs.
    LittleBriddieon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if Alanis Morissette was asked to play as God in Kevin Smith's movie Dogma because of this song? :D
    Flyingtreemonkeyon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, I have to say, "The sinners, the saviors, the loverless priests / I'll see you next Sunday" is one of my all-time favorite phrases from a song, as well as "In the name of the Father, the Skeptic and the Son / I had one more stupid question." I think it's sort of short-sighted to claim that this song is based on sex. It certainly plays a role in the song, as explained above by the masturbation/blindness comments.

    I think the meaning is pretty straightforward. She speaks of Catholicism and the way it uses it's teachins to ensure people have "no fun with no guilt feelings." The fact that she "had one more stupid question" says, perhaps, that Christians tend not to question their religion much, and just accept it because it's all they've ever known and they feel like if their faith wavers, they'll somehow lose touch with God.

    I also love the part about the fountain...
    zakkuchanon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti didnt get it..u said 'no one will stop ppl from having sex?anyways alanis morisette write little meaningful phrases here and there which stand out from the rest of the song...well in this song i thougt so..its amazing and so true
    AYUL1234on April 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwow i didn't realise that was what the song was about but it all makes sense now... cheers!
    squeezeon June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song... I haven't heard it in a really long time but I totally agree with Surrenderyour ego....

    :)
    OzzyGurlyon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell i think all her songs are written from her own experiences, i have taken this song a bit more literally though there r proably some hidden meanings. i dont always see them though. maybe ur right about it guys, who knows?
    artyon July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTotally agree with Surrenderyourego. It's a great song as well, very good.
    InTylerWeTruston October 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti didnt think it was about sex in particular, just 'bad' things in general, although it does play a large part
    pabloredfoxon April 24, 2003   Link

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