"Havoc" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Guy Sigsworth....
Just when I thought
I had handled solace
I could soften my guard behind false confidence

Just when I felt
Humbled by insipid
Except from this blind-side and from reading a script
'Cause I am seduced by reaction and under the influence

I'm slipping again
I'm up to old tricks off my wagon
I have no defense
I'm wreaking havoc
Wreaking havoc and consequence

I get reduced by my own willfulness
As I reach for my usual god replacements
'Cause I am rich with sanction and lax in my steps

I'm slipping again
I'm up to old tricks off my wagon
I have no defense
I'm wreaking havoc
Wreaking havoc and consequence

If forgiveness is understanding that I
Affirming a compact for the millionth time
From this tumbling house of cards of mine

I am beaten by my impulsiveness
By this uncanning foreshadowing of regret
'Cause I'm repulsed by restriction at least that's my excuse

I'm slipping again
I'm up to old tricks off my wagon
I have no defense
I'm wreaking havoc
Wreaking havoc and consequence

I'm slipping again
I'm up to old tricks off my wagon
I have no defense
I'm wreaking havoc
Wreaking havoc and consequence


Lyrics submitted by brian, edited by pt218, bipster

"Havoc" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette Guy Sigsworth

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    General CommentThis song to me speaks about ridding oneself of bad habits. In many ways, it's almost reminiscent of Flavors of Entanglement and harkens back to its theme of hitting rock bottom coupled with the phoenix rising from the ashes. To me, this particular song illustrates how she still struggles with big challenges and repeats the same mistake ("I'm slipping again"...."affirm mea culpa for the millionth time"), but also her admission that while they do exist, they don't defeat her. It's a really beautiful song.
    FunkinGonutson September 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe melody of this song reminds me so much of Alanis' song "Not All Me" off her album _So-Called Chaos_. Maybe it would make an interesting mashup?

    Anyway, the lyrics posted above are SO WRONG! Here are the correct lyrics:

    Just when I thought I had handles on this
    I could soften my guard behind false confidence

    Just when I found humble pie insipid
    exempt from this blind side and firmly in its grip

    'Cause I'm seduced by reaction and under the influence

    I'm slipping again
    I'm up to old tricks, off my wagon
    I have no defense I wreaking havoc
    Wreaking havoc and consequence

    I get reduced by my own wilfullness as I reach for
    my usual god replacements

    'Cause I am rich with sanction, and lax in my steps

    I'm slipping again
    I'm up to old tricks, off my wagon
    I have no defense I wreaking havoc
    Wreaking havoc and consequence

    If forgiveness is understanding then I offer mea culpa for the millionth time
    From this toppling house of cards of mine

    I am beaten by me impulsiveness
    This uncanny foreshadowing of regret

    'Cause I'm repulsed by restriction, at least that's my excuse

    I'm slipping again
    I'm up to old tricks, off my wagon
    I have no defense I wreaking havoc
    Wreaking havoc and consequence

    I'm slipping again
    I'm up to old tricks, off my wagon
    I have no defense I wreaking havoc
    Wreaking havoc and consequence
    pt218on April 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning"About recovery from addiction, taking responsibility for slipping off the proverbial wagon"
    fabiansaon July 08, 2013   Link

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