"Tapes" as written by Alanis Morissette and Guy Sigsworth....
I am someone easy to leave
Even easier to forget
A voice, if inaccurate

Again, I'm the one they all run from
Diatribes of clouded sun
Someone help me find the pause button

All these tapes in my head swirl around
Keeping my vibe down
All these thoughts in my head aren't my own
Wreaking havoc

I'm too exhausting to be loved
A volatile chemical
Best to quarantine and cut off

[Chorus: x2]

I'm a thorn in your sweet side
You are better off without me
It'd be best to leave at once


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"Tapes" as written by Guy Sigsworth Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentI think thsi song has a simple meaning, I believe the words in quotations are words that she has heard from someone or various people at some point in her life (being that she says these thoughts in her head arent her own) and they play in her head daily like a tape. They are things that lots of us have heard Im sure and carry around with us to new relationships, friendships, just in life in general. Always wondering if were capable of being loved, or if were good enough etc. etc...
    youaintright20on June 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is the "rock bottom" Alanis had said she hit when writing this album.

    For me, all the quoted phrases are ones that kept repeating over and over again in her head "keeping [her] vibe down". This constant negativity she couldnt let go of and it affected her externally as well as internally. The last stanza seems to be a reference to a recent public breakup specifically, and how either she shut down so completely as to tell him to leave, or once again, these are just things she was telling herself in her head essentially blaming herself for the breakup.

    I love this song. And I think the chorus is so catchy and beautifully sung. It's a nice contrast to the more techno-ish side to this album.
    emlem25on May 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne more thing I forgot to add, I wish the chorus would have repeated a second time at the very end. I think it would have reemphasized the "tapes swirling around", really driving the point home and make the song feel a little more complete.

    Although like I said I love this song and it's probably my favourite off her new album, everytime I hear it, I'm expecting a repeat of the chorus at the end and it never comes, and somehow it feels a little unfinished.

    But that's JMO.
    emlem25on May 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's one of my favorites. Yes, It is. I love the way she describes something that happens very often in our lives. They're "tapes", not just because they are lines that are not of our own and they're 'playing' in our heads, but also because they are very common frases.
    simfoniacoon June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song really hits the spot; we all have these "tapes" playing on repeat within ourselves, making us weaker and less capable... how do we overcome them? :
    Human-beefon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot paying attention to them. I was going to say "as easy as that", but it's not easy, because, if it was, it wouldn't be a problem... better change to: as simple as that. If you want it you can do it.
    simfoniacoon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite Alanis songs...easily. It just hits such a nerve in me...and in us all. The fact that everyone can relate makes it that much of a better song.
    Shmeemeron July 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the best of her songs. I love this one the most. Sometimes i feel the same as she writes it in the lyrics.
    atitkosblogoson October 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaving had a friend recently commit suicide I can't help but just fucking cry
    Aquarius121on March 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo imagine him feeling this so strongly...I wish I had been there
    Aquarius121on March 03, 2015   Link

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