"No Pressure Over Cappuccino" as written by Alanis Morissette and Nick P. Lashley....
And you're like a nineties Jesus.
And you revel in your psychosis.
How dare you?
And you sample concepts like hors d'oeuvres,
and you eat their questions for dessert.
And is it just me, or is it hot in here?

And you're like an nineties Kennedy.
And you're really a million years old.
You can't fool me.
They'll throw opinions like rocks in riots,
and they'll stumble around like hypocrites.
Is it just me, or is it dark in here?

Well, you may never be or have a husband.
You may never have or hold a child.
You will learn to lose ev'rything.
We are temporary arrangements.

And you're like a nineties Noah.
And they laughed at you as you packed all of your things.
And they wonder why you're frustrated,
and they wonder why you're so angry.
And is it just me, or are you fed up?

And god bless you in your travels,
in your conquests and queries.


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"No Pressure Over Cappuccino" as written by Nick P. Lashley Alanis Morissette

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    Song MeaningMy opinion... this song is a ‘nod’ to anyone that doesn’t follow ‘norms’ of social behavior. In the song she’s describing with a great degree of skill and wisdom (and... ‘no pressure’ over cappuccino) that with her it’s OK to be you. She has profound compassion and understanding, which is revealed…

    1st verse:
    "And you're like a 90's Jesus"...
    (In this case the use of a modern day Jesus is a person who has profoundly different experiences of reality or who holds unusual views or opinions. These type of people have traditionally held a very complex role in society, with some being ostracized and viewed as deviants, while others are lauded as prophets or visionaries.)

    "And you revel in your psychosis"…
    (Psychosis is a controversial term introduced into the medical world in the 1845. Only in the 1960’s and 70’s did the term receive criticism. Until then it was a used as a definition of any ‘unorthodox’ person, some say so they could be controlled by society.)

    "How dare you?"…
    (What society asks when a person holds different ideas or opinions.)

    “And you sample concepts like hors d'oeuvres”…
    (Society complains if an individual tries to ‘sample’ anything outside the accepted norm. Like those fancy foreign little hors d'oeuvres that are sooo tasty.)

    “And you eat their questions for dessert”…
    (Don’t be afraid of the questions, it’s good to question, everything.)

    “Is it just me or is it hot in here?”…
    (She understands how difficult it is to do your own thing, ‘here’.)


    2nd verse:
    “And you're like a 90's Kennedy”…
    (The Kennedy family is iconic and well known. They marked a turning point, in the faith of the American people, regarding the U.S. political establishment. They brought huge change in gender rights for women and African Americans. Two of Joseph P. Kennedy Senior’s sons were assassinated for those efforts.)

    “And you're really a million years old”…
    (In the 1970’s estimates by “modern” science was that the human race was 1 million years old, today the estimate is approximately 37,000. As a race we keep learning, that some long-held beliefs were wrong. As we evolve, maybe we will learn that some our other ‘current thinking’ is incorrect?)

    “You can't fool me”…
    (No way… if are a million years in existence, how come we still fear those with different beliefs and opinions?)

    “They'll throw opinions like rocks in riots”…
    (‘Rocks-in-riots’ refers to angry mob, right or wrong, fights against anything they don’t agree with.)

    “And they'll stumble around like hypocrites”…
    (‘THEY’, the people who criticize someone for being outside the norm, are hypocritical. Quite a few examples exist; the divorce rate in America, accepting pre-prescribed religious beliefs without understanding, accepting pre-prescribed sexual identity, etc., etc., etc. It doesn’t matter if they don’t know what they are doing, you are supposed to do what everyone else does.)

    “Is it just me, or is it dark in here?”…
    (The lyrics pose a question. Am I the only one in the world who see’s how difficult it is to live your life how you choose?)

    “Well, you may never be or have a husband”…
    (Societal criticism either gender receives, if deciding not to marry.)

    “You may never have or hold a child”…
    (Societal criticism either gender receives, if deciding not to have children.)

    “You will learn to loose everything”…
    (Societal criticism either gender receives, if deciding not to do what our predecessors view as ‘everything’. The ultimate scare tactic.)

    “We are temporary arrangement”…
    (Live your life how you want, we are only here temporarily.)


    3rd verse:
    “And you're like a 90's Noah”…
    (Just go for it, build your own arch.)

    “And they laughed at you as you packed all of your things”…
    (They will laugh… but don’t you dare let that stop you.)

    “And they wonder why you're frustrated”…
    (Of course you’re frustrated. You don’t want to do what everyone else does.)

    “And they wonder why you're so angry”…
    (Of course you’re angry. You don’t want to follow every else.)

    “And is it just me, or are you fed up?”…
    (Again the lyrics pose a question. Am I the only one in the world who see’s how difficult it is to live your life how you choose?)

    Concluding verse:
    “And may god bless you in your travels”…
    (God bless you, don’t be afraid to be yourself.)

    “In your conquests and queries”…
    (In your successes, and exploration of yourself, have fun!)

    Happy listening!
    joeson March 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's one of my favourite Alanis songs. I read that this song was inspired by her brother. I love the whole lyrics and for me it's about someone who doesn't fit in the "socially correct" society, maybe someone gay (when she says Is it just me or is it dark in here, like being in the closet). Also when she says "you may never be or have a husband you may never have or hold a child") That sounds to me like that. But the phrase "We are temporaryy arrangements" is absolutely amazimg. She's right, that's what we are. Any ideas?
    JaumeBCNon September 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit a song about a convo she had with her bro over Cappuccino were they talked the 1st 2 verse are based on another sibaling im not sure who. The third her gay twin brother wade
    Well you may never be or have a husband
    You may never have or hold a child

    and and the last is about her
    And they laughed at you as you packed all of your things
    And they wonder why you're so angry
    u.oughta.knowon December 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn...she's such a good poet
    halfcrazyon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno matter what mood im in, this song always makes it better
    Cranberriedon June 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about being inspired by a lover.kennedy,noah and jesus were all inspirational figures throughout our lives and what shes trying to say is that shes equally inspired by this person. this song is a clever upbeat song that inspires us just as equally by an equally inspiring, fantastic, talented artist.hhhoooorrrraaaayyyyyy
    ive_got_issueson June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti love the lines
    And you sample concepts like hors d'euvres
    And you eat their questions for dessert
    brilliant song! i think its about how she respects someone, especially because they are themselves and stand up for what they believe in. shes kinda saying with this song that she thinks theyre great, no matter what else everyone else thinks of them and that the worlds kind of crazy. its a bit difficult to describe and it probably doesnt mean what i think at all but i still love it!
    just-another-girlon November 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDoes anybody have a hint concerning the title? I don't see the connection...
    zehfauon September 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit about her gay twin brother wade(i think)
    edelweiss pirateLWon October 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised more people haven't commented on this song. She wrote this song for her twin brother who's gay. She released it on her unplugged album.
    Ryeteron February 20, 2006   Link

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