"Madness" as written by Alanis Morissette and Guy Sigsworth....
I've been most unwilling
To see this turmoil of mine
The thought of sitting with this
Has me paralyzed

With this prolonged exposure
To near and averted eyes
I think that I've been waiting
Such mileage for empathizing

Now I see the madness in me
It's brought out in the presence of you
Now I know the madness lives on
When you're not in the room

Though I'd love to blame you for all I wish
I miss these moments of opportune
You simply brought this madness to light
And I should thank you

Oh, thank you, much thanks for this birds eye view
Oh, thank you for your most generous triggers

It's been all too easy
To cross my arms and roll my eyes
The thought of dropping all arms
Leaves me terrified

And now I see the madness in me
It's brought out in the presence of you
Now I know the madness lives on
When you're not in the room

Though I'd love to blame you for all I wish
I miss these moments of opportune
You simply brought this madness to light
And I should thank you

Oh, thank you, much thanks for this birds eye view
Oh, thank you for your most generous triggers

It'd have to give up knowing
And give up being right
You inadvertent hero
You angel in disguise

Now I see the madness in me
It's brought out in the presence of you
And now I know the madness lives on
When you're not in the room

Though I'd love to blame you for all I wish
I miss these moments of opportune
You simply brought this madness to light
And I should thank you

Oh, thank you, much thanks for this birds eye view
Oh, thank you for your most generous triggers


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"Madness" as written by Guy Sigsworth Alanis Morissette

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    General Commentmy fav song off the new album
    t_doton June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's so beautiful.. I was sitting with my boyfriend the other day and we were talking about my future. I have no clue whatsoever as to what I want to do with my life, and he was telling me quite roughly that I need to step up and take some responsibility for myself. I was pissed and I really didn't think he understood me and my problems. But this song really made me realize that it's madness how I'm not even thinking about what the future should bring... and that what he's saying is right. So, thank you for telling me, love. :)
    Human-beefon June 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI adore this song. Such a contrast compared to the rest of the songs on the album.
    This is Alanis realizing that her uncontrollable emotions can now be controlled because she understands where they come from and what can trigger them.
    It's like coming face to face with an addiction- you cant change without acknowledging your problem and finding the root cause.
    Alanis thought the madness was because of him, that it was something he would do or say to bring it on. But has come face to face with the reality that it was in her all along. So she thanks him for revealing the triggers and thus allowing her to manage her madness.
    emlem25on June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAfter hearing it for the 5667787th time today, I just wanted to add that she has learned more about herself now that he's gone and she thanks him for opening up her eyes and exposing her to herself.
    emlem25on June 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always saw the chorus as a sarcastic "fuck you" to the boyfriend that makes her act this way. I never thought she was actually saying thank you.
    aemitton June 01, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI've just realised this is completely about a situation I'm in with my current partner. I'm always blaming him for making me feel controlling and manipulative, believing he's the cause of my jealousy when it actually comes from myself. I'd be the same with any other partner, it's not about him. What he does is to bring this madness to light. He gives me the most generous triggers, for with this I have now an opportunity to face my flaws and admit that I have to work my problems (the thought of dropping all arms leaves me terrified).
    Those feelings leave me with physical pain. I couldn't see how much they affect me... If it weren't for him, I would still be blaming someone else, so I should thank him.
    jean822140on January 20, 2017   Link

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