"Pollyanna Flower" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Glen Ballard....
(Through you, I see, I...)
Between a broken nose and a fake smile
Between piety and gunpowder
Between fighting and fleeing the scene
Between murder and diplomacy
Between regression and in oblivion
Between brutal and realistically well behaved
Between sleeping and pulling in the reins
Between tiptoeing and ambling

What am I to do with all this fire?
(I'd like to hit you, but I could never hit you.)
Would you stay with me in this red space?
(I'd like to slap you, but I could never slap you.)

Chorus (2X):
Between violence and silently seething
Between my fist and my pollyanna flower
Between "Fuck you!" to your face and "It's all right."
Between war and denial.

Between flying vases and secretly weeping
Between loose cannons and ever downplaying
Between bruises and nobly deferring
Between bursting and boiling

What am I to do with all this burning?
(I'd like to hurt you, but I could never hurt you.)
Do I overwhelm you in this place?
(I'd like to kill you, but I could never kill you.)

Chorus (2X)

What am I to do with all this fire?
Can you understand me in this place?


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    General CommentMy friend assigned this song to me because she can't decide whether she loves me or hates me. By all rights, she should hate me, but she finds it impossible because she knows she'd feel guilty if she did. That's what this song is about.
    thehobgoblinon June 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me this shows the two different sides of any person, some revel more in one than the other. Violence and letting it slide. I can understand this song because when I so desperately want to curse/slap someone who's getting me on the end of my tether, I know I can't. And it's frantic.
    That's what this song means to me.
    WunderEnigmaon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPollyanna, a beautiful asian flower or a person foolishly in love and blindly optimistic on a sick relationship . She loves and hate, should her fight or love?
    Valentinegirlon January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentquestion? Is she saying "Between fuck you to your face" or "between forgetting your face"

    listen again... do do do do do do do do do do
    sadistlitlePuppyon March 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentsadistlitlePuppy: I think it's "f**k you". As opposed to "it's alright".
    The song puts side by side totally opposite attitudes or courses of action and reflects a sensation of being trapped between them. As if she wasn't really sure of how to cope with problems.
    aryeson October 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song from a beautiful woman!!!
    sneakerpimpsfanon November 26, 2009   Link

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