"The Guy Who Leaves" as written by Alanis Morissette and Guy Sigsworth....
Get up, don't get up
I beg you to sit tight
Sweet girl, I'll be a ghost, girl
Forget it, I am fine

If anything, a witnessing
Is all I needed that night

Until I get what I'm to get
He'll keep being compelled to flee
Until I out his false story
He'll keep playing the guy who leaves

Brother, oh, brother
Solo you did bust out
All I knew was you didn't invite me
So begin seeds of self-doubt

There is nothing as harrowing
As how I translate facts

Until I get what I'm to get
He'll keep being compelled to flee
Until I out his false story
He'll keep playing the guy who leaves

Baby, oh, partner
How well you've played this part
Similar, oh, how familiar
Reluctant truth you impart

And how you served necessity
Repeat 'til she sees light

Until I get what I'm to get
He'll keep being compelled to flee
Until I out his false story
I'll keep blaming the guy who leaves


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"The Guy Who Leaves" as written by Guy Sigsworth Alanis Morissette

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    General Commenti think this one is about ryan just cuz it's the most popular song on itunes for her right now so....
    t_doton June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about how Alanis witnessed her father leave the family as a child, and her brother left home when he was young, that any man that Alanis develops a relationship will eventually leave. So every man she is attached to wether it be romantically or otherwise, is always playing "the guy who leaves"
    Wunderkind92on July 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe first line is "Dad oh, don't get up" it says it on the album.
    boomtownon March 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI do agree that it is about a pattern of people leaving her that started from her nuclear family, but hey I don't think her father ever left the family. I think it is more about how she interprets the external reality of people leaving her and how her fears of having people abandoning her, as well as some annoying sick traits of her personality eventually cause people to leave. It is mostly men leaving her but she mentions female friends too: "Sweet girl..."...

    "Until I get what I'm to get" is about her constant illusions, projections and expectations on those people and their role in her life, which she knows are impossible to be played up to, so she knows that she will never get what she is to get and once again gets sarcastic about herself. "Until I out this false story" means her lies "to herself and thereby to everyone else", her constantly justyfying her sick behavior.
    JulioCMMSon May 31, 2010   Link

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