Reborn and shivering
Spat out on new terrain
Unsure unconvincing
This faint and shaky hour

[Chorus]
Day one, day one
Start over again
Step one, step one
I'm barely making sense
For now I'm faking it
Till I'm pseudo making it
From scratch, begin again
But this time I as I and not as we

Gun shy and quivering
Timid without a hand
Feign brave with steel intent
Little and hardly here

[Chorus]

Eyes wet toward
Wide open frayed
If God's taking bets
I pray He wants to lose

[Chorus]



Lyrics submitted by Phaoenix

"Not As We" as written by Alanis Morissette, Guy Sigsworth

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General Comment:It being about a breakup is the obvious meaning, but it struck me the other day that it might not be about a breakup at all; but rather, a point in life at which you need to reevaluate everything you're doing, and start thinking for yourself, instead of letting other people guide you.

    To me, this song very much describes my life at the moment. Just finished an education I really didn't want, but people told me I would be right for it. And so I took it. But it's over now, and really, I stand at a crossroads in my life, so I gotta start over again - but this time, I as I, and not We as We. Get the point? :) I gotta search through my soul and make the choices that are right for ME - not the choices that would please everyone else. That is my interpretation of what this song is saying - it's not only about breakups, however, it could very well be. It's just a similar situation.
    Human-beefon June 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I understand that this song is about a breakup but I could also see it as starting a new stage in life.
    pinkcherryon April 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The song is about psychotherapy.
    sarahsboyon September 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Why am i the first?!
    Alanis' a goddess. This is song's so damn beautiful. Brought me to tears, the first time i heard it. Is it about her break-up with her longterm bodyfriend Ryan Reynolds?
    nataloaon October 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:btw: there are some mistakes in the lyrics..

    Reborn and shivering
    Spat out on new terrain

    Unsure unconvincing
    This faint and shakey hour

    Day one day one start over again
    Step one step one
    I'm barely making sense for now
    I'm faking it til I'm pseudo making it
    From scratch begin again but this time I as i
    And not as we

    Gun shy and quivering
    Timid without a hand

    Feign brave with steel intent
    little and hardly here

    Day one day one start over again
    Step one step one
    I'm barely making sense for now
    I'm faking it til I'm pseudo making it
    From scratch begin again but this time I as i
    And not as we

    Eyes wet toward
    Wide open frayed
    If god's taking bets
    I pray He wants to lose

    Day one day one start over again
    Step one step one
    I'm barely making sense for now
    I'm faking it til I'm pseudo making it
    From scratch begin again but this time I as i
    And not as we
    nataloaon October 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is soo good!
    so_fetch!on October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Edited.
    Sorry about that- my file had the corrections but apparently I pasted the wrong file first...
    I did what I could with the only (at the time, all that was available) studio-quality lines on the episode of House, plus a full version yet extremely poorly recorded first live performance of the song.
    Hopefully I'll have access to confirm these lyrics in the near future and have this settled, finally.
    Phaoenixon December 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song was on House near the beginning of season 4. I've been searching for it ever since, and finally found a good copy of it! I'm seeing her in concert with matchbox 20 tomorrow. She is amazing!
    ChloeGirldieon February 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is beautiful.
    I think it will bring a new kind of flavour to the upcoming album!
    This song is definitely about a break-up, doesn't take a genius to work that one out. And highly likely about Ryan Reynolds.
    peace
    x
    Wunderkind92on February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Human-beef, I agree with you. The breakup is what I got too, but I see your meaning, too. It's interesting that it appeared on House. You can almost picture some almost-died patient getting a new lease on life, and feeling reborn. Not that she made it to fit into House, but it's appropriately placed.
    GoochyLittlePigon June 13, 2008   Link

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