"Eight Easy Steps" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
(Let's get it while it's hot)

How to stay paralyzed by fear of abandonment
How to defer to men in solvable predicaments
How to control someone to be a carbon copy of you
How to have that not work and have them run away from you

How to keep people at arms-length and never get too close
How to mistrust the ones you supposedly love the most
How to pretend you're fine and don't need help from anyone
How to feel worthless unless you're serving or helping someone

[Chorus]
I'll teach you all this in eight easy steps
The course of a lifetime, you'll never forget
I'll show you how to in eight easy steps
I'll show you how leadership looks when taught by the best

How to hate women when you're supposed to be a feminist
How to play all-pious when you're really a hypocrite
How to hate God when you're a prayer and a spiritualist
How to sabotage your fantasies by fear of success

[Chorus]

I've been doing research for years
I've been practicing my ass off
I've been training my whole life for this moment, I swear to you
Culminating just to be this well-versed leader before you

I'll teach you all this in eight easy steps
The course of a lifetime, you'll never forget
I'll show you how to in eight easy steps
I'll show you how leadership looks when taught by the best

How to lie to yourself and thereby to everyone else
How to keep smiling when you're thinking of killing yourself
How to know them all too well to avoid going within
How to stay stuck in your life blaming them for everything

[Chorus]

In eight easy steps
The course of a lifetime, you'll never forget
I'll show you how to in eight easy steps
I'll show you how leadership looks when taught by the best


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"Eight Easy Steps" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentThis is my favorite track off of "So-Called Chaos." It flows really well and contains one of my favorite lyrics: "How to lie to yourself and thereby to everyone else/How to keep smiling when you're thinking of killing yourself"
    dancingnancy19on June 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentof course it is a self portrait! Alanis is I think one of the most self-critical persons in the world. Here she explains it in a very ironic way once again. as if it was cool for everyone to learn all these character trades, she has. but the message she is conveying is: I can be an asshole of the grandest kind!
    That is how Alanis manages to build up a close connection between almost all of her songs. Amazing.
    sarion March 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    One of Alanis's better songs! To me this song sounds like a doctor or guru of some sort that can help you to be something your not, or help you to act phony. And, obviously, the teacher can teach you all this in "eight easy steps" this course that will transform you and change your life
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Jaydee
    jaydeejjon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me its how "carbon copy" the world has become. Everyone is trying to fit this specific mold and this is how to do it.
    erasedpoetryon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think its just a self portrait, so to speak. She's just naming off the things she's done in the past, or maybe just things that she currently does and wants to defer other people from doing. The line, "I'll show you how leadership looks when taught by the best ," is supposed to signify that she's the master of all of these things. It is put into the form of a speech.
    manprettys_pantieson October 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely agreeing with... uh... manspretty panties... heh, well anyway.
    She's conveying that these are all things that she's done/is doing. She's admitting that she's not totally perfect, despite what we may think.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is such a reminder to be true to yourself. Otherwise you find yourselt in all these contradictory thoughts. Has anyone heard the thick filter mix? What are they saying? Is it "can't trust these perky people?" let me know if you can..
    xinniefulon March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think she is incapable of writing a bad song simply because she is writing about life experiences, and who cant relate to that? I also love the line "How to lie to yourself and thereby to everyone else/How to keep smiling when youre thinking of killing yourself."
    theLAV1on March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, to me it makes me think of how the so called "norm" of society wants you to be a cookie cutter person, and how you sometimes have to learn to be that way.
    Fading_into_lighton April 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSaw her perform two days ago, she started off her act with this song. It was sick - after every song she woUld smile & say: "Thank you sooo much" over and over again, with the same voice tone. Tks for what? Watchinh her? Buying her record? ThanxX for noticing her?
    Pampason May 11, 2005   Link

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