"Heart Of The House" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
You are the original template
You are the original exemplary
How seen were you actually?
How revered were you (honestly) at the time?

Why pleased with your low maintenance?
You loved us more then we would've loved you back
Where was your ally your partner in feminine crime?

Oh mother who'd your buddy?
Oh mother who'd got your back?
The heart of the house
The heart of the house
All hail the goddess!

You were "good o!"
You were "count on 'er 'til four am"
You saw me run from the house
In the snow melodramatically

Oh mother who's your sister
Oh mother who's your friend?
The heart of the house
The heart of the house
All hail the goddess!

We left the men we went for a walk in the gateaus
And talked like women like women to women would
Woman to woman would "where did you get that from?
Must've been your father your dad"
I got it from you I got it from you

Do you see yourself in my gypsy garage sale ways?
In my fits of laughter?
In my Tinkerbell tendencies?
In my lack of color coordination?

Lyrics submitted by Lamia, edited by subram

"Heart of the House" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentThis song is so sad, and yet so beautiful. It reminds me of my relationship with my mother. She was so busy being a "good mother" that she forgot to mother us. The line "Where did you get that from?" makes me cry. The fact that your own mother could not see herself in her child is sad.
    nietzsche_66on May 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm so angry because so less people see Alanis' awesome talent in songwriting :-(...SFIJ is kind of masterpiece in songwriting: just read Baba. thank U, Sympathetic character, The couch, Would not come, Can't not, Your congratulations (!!!), One....That I would be good....
    AgathaKavkaon July 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't know...somehow I relate the song to Mother Theresa...?
    AgathaKavkaon September 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt is just a tribute to her mother, isn't it?
    Auroreon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Nietzsche, and that line moved me too. This whole song makes me picture Alanis sitting on her bed with a photo album, smiling yet woeful about what she can remember of her childhood and how her mother was. "We left the men and we went for a walk in the gatineaus" That has a very feminist feel to me, even if it wasn't intended, it's my favourite line. And at the end "Do you see yourself in my.." Makes me think of Alanis (or whoever the song may be about) viewing themselves and their ways and comparing them to what their mother used to do/be like. It's a beautiful song.
    WunderEnigmaon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is essentially about the front her mother puts up around her friends and family. While living up to this front, Alanis' mother completely forgets about her own daughter and overlooks her. The last part of the song is her mother not believing that she's abandoned her daughter for so long; she can't even tell that they inhibit the same characteristics. Also, the alternate spelling of women as womyn, is a feminist term because women is apart of the men and womyn is a standalone.
    paganpoetry005on March 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is definately bittersweet, but it's, of course, just one of Alanis' beautifully written masterpieces. I love the title of the song. It reminds me of how men are usually the "Heads of the house", so to Alanis, her mother is the "Heart of the house", which, to me, has a much more positive meaning. Thanks paganpoetry :] I was wondering what the alternate spelling meant. Now I think I'll use it in the future haha.
    TriNityForsakeNon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is about the relationship between a mother and her daughter, Alanis being the daughter. It is not so much about the fact that a woman wants to have the appearance of keeping appearances, as you lot said above, as it is about a woman's true devotion to her family. She is the heart and soul, the emotional core (if not the decision-making core) of the house.

    The line "how seen were you actually? " is about the fact that the work a mother puts into her household is not always acknowledged, and in fact, can be ignored.

    "you saw me run from the house in the snow melodramatically" discusses the fact that all members of the household are wrapped up in the thought that they must be the main character of the story, when really, it is the mother that is the hero.

    "all hail the goddess! " refers to the fact that the children of the mother wind up sarcastically acknowledging the importance of her role.

    "we left the men and we went for a walk in the gatineaus " is about leaving the house for marriage (the men) or for beauty (Gatineau Paris is a skincare company) or just to move to someplace new (Gatinaeu is also a town in Quebec).

    "talked like women to women " is simply about reflecting on your life with your mother, no longer as a guardian-to-a-child but as a friend-to-a-friend, which is all we wind up being in relation to each other.

    Fishfisheateaton April 19, 2009   Link

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