"Thank U" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Glen Ballard....
How 'bout getting off these antibiotics
How 'bout stopping eating when I'm full up
How 'bout them transparent dangling carrots
How 'bout that ever elusive kudo

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

How 'bout me not blaming you for everything
How 'bout me enjoying the moment for once
How 'bout how good it feels to finally forgive you
How 'bout grieving it all one at a time

Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence

The moment I let go of it was the moment
I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down

How 'bout no longer being masochistic
How 'bout remembering your divinity
How 'bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How 'bout not equating death with stopping

Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by mcallen100

"Thank U" as written by Christian Ballard, Lewis N Daniels

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

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  • +5
    General Commentthis song is Alanis' reflection after her visit to India. She realizes all these habits she has don't need to exist. It's a humbling song about growth and gratification.
    m99on June 22, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"How bout them transparent dangling carrots?" is my favortite line. Her words do sound off when you first hear them but if you think about it, they make perfect sense. What do people attach to horses heads to keep them walking? Carrots dangling infront of their noises, as they move so do the carrots- they are after the carrot but it keeps them going. In life we have transparent dangling carrots- something always infront of us to keep us going. Something we tie ourselves to so we always have hope and never give up.
    raysugon February 19, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"How about getting off of these antibiotics"
    Stop worrying so much about your health, be healthy but not to the point you're making yourself sick.
    "How about stopping eating when I'm filled up"
    Stop comforting yourself with food, have control over your life.
    "How about them transparent dangling carrots"
    How about buying those diamond earrings you've wanted so bad but not brave enough to buy or wear?
    "How about that ever elusive kudo"
    Work on complimenting/praising yourself. (kudo means 'to praise')

    "Thank you India
    Thank you terror
    Thank you disillusionment
    Thank you frailty
    Thank you consequence
    Thank you thank you silence"
    (thank you india for enlightening me... thank you terror for reminding me life could stop at any time, thank you dissilusionment for being there when i needed to pretend i wasnt unhappy, thank you frailty for reminding me i am strong, thank you consequence for making me think before i act/speak, thank you silence for letting me breathe and feel calm again.


    "How about me not blaming you for everything"
    it takes two to tango. i am responsible for things too.
    "How about me enjoying the moment for once"
    i need to stop complaining, worrying every second and actually live.
    "How about how good it feels to finally forgive you"
    i will let go of my anger and hurt.
    "How about grieving it all one at a time"
    i'm going to take one day at a time.

    "The moment I let go of it was
    The moment I got more than I could handle
    The moment I jumped off of it was
    The moment I touched down"
    letting go of negativity has helped me feel better.

    "How about no longer being masochistic"
    let's stop being perverted.
    "How about remembering your divinity"
    and instead remember what God wants from us - to be good.
    "How about unabashedly bawling your eyes out"
    let's cry without being embarrassed of it.
    "How about not equating death with stopping"
    there is life after death.
    mizmiahon January 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree with raysuq's insight into the transparent dangling carrot. I think, though, that she means it as something that we need to notice and eventually free ourselves from. I think that she's referring to the conditions of worth that our consumeristic society forces on us. We are constantly told in indirect ways that we are not good enough, but that earning and buying more will solve all our problems. Instead of helping us heal our false sense or inadequacy, our society accentuates that inadequacy and then tells us that consuming material goods is the answer. By swallowing this lie, we are enslaved into an endless carrot chase, and if we ever caught the carrot we'd see that it is no cure at all.
    Alanis seems to have learned the India spiritual belief that the cure (self love and acceptance) is inside of you all along. The path to the cure is an inner one that requires self-control and patience. Instead of joining the carrot chase, simply sit still and do nothing, think nothing, and make peace with all the demons that have been chasing you.
    adamcohen81on March 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on the kudos line is this: When you give someone kudos, it's like a compliment ("kudos to the chef"), it's some greek thing, so the ever-elusive kudos I guess would be the need to be appreciated, people don't recieve comliments enough.
    A great song, Alanis' voice is always so raw and powerful and these lyrics are so touching
    Bryia_026on March 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me its about gratitude, and being thankful even for the experiences which arent pleasurable or positive, primarily because all experience has something to add to our evolution and spiritual development.
    diamondblue1974on December 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just a love poem to life itself. Nothing more. And I fucking love that.
    CosmicStewon September 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I think this is Alanis thanking all the big and small, good and bad things in her life that have made her who she is. It's about not being ashamed to be and accepting yourself.
    Silencioon February 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's "that ever elusive could of"
    prettyispink16on March 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWell i think she is talking about her love life as well, simple because she talks about How about how good it feels to finally forgive you. My opinion is this, Different songs represent different things to different people, depending on what they are going through at the current time.
    Smarshall0030on December 01, 2010   Link

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