"Princes Familiar" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Glen Ballard....
Please be philosophical
Please be tapped into your femininity
Please be able to take the wheel from me
Please be crazy and curious

Papa love your princess so that she will find loving princes familiar
Papa cry for your princess so that she will find gentle princes familiar

Please be a sexaholic
Please be unpredictably miserable
Please be self absorbed much (not the good kind)
Please be addicted to some substance

Papa listen to your princess so that she will find attentive princes familiar
Papa hear your princess so that she will find curious princes familiar

Please be the jerk of my knee I've fit you always
You finish my sentences I think I love you
What is your name again no matter I'm guessing your thoughts again
Correctly and I love the way
You press my buttons so much sometimes I could strangle you

Papa laugh with your princess so that she will find funny princes familiar
Papa respect your princess so that she will find respectful princes familiar

Please be strangely enigmatic
Please be just like my


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"Princes Familiar" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette Glen Ballard

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  • +2
    General CommentThe song IS pronces Familiar and the lyrics are all correct. Go buy her album "The Collection" if you dont believe me. The lyrics are in there as well as the title on the back.

    This song is proving the age-old belief that girls find men who have traits like their father. The traits described are those in both her father and in the lovers she has had. She is saying that she wants a man just like her father, even though he displays poor character traits.
    pagesofabutterflyon December 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it is a portrait of growth. The first stanza describes the qualities in dad she dreams of in a man, the third stanza represents the reality of what many women accept in a man, the fifth stanza is typical of how a woman justifies this acceptance, and finally, it comes full circle, back to what is foundational and important to her. It is a strong message to Dads, that your little girl, deep down, wants a man like you... whether you are a dad who is 'strangely enigmatic' or a man who is 'addicted to some substance.' THAT is what your daughter is going to view as 'ideal' in her mind.

    The unfinished last verse is Alanis genius. It's a point of realization, an epiphany, a moment of personal enlightenment. Almost as if she is surprised to find that she seeks a man just like her... father.
    bshowson June 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe thinks about how could it be if her lover was like her father. So she speaks about her fathers personality and the way she would like her lover could relate to her. And the last line says it all, except the word father is not in it.
    kikakmon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment A daughter looks for a partner who resembles her father and this song is to a father saying that e should be loving, respecting, attentive... to his daughter so she will look for a mate who has those qualities too.
    pinkcherryon April 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think in this song she is comparing her father to current and/pr past realtionships. She is describing traits of man she has been with;
    please be a sexaholic
    please be unpredictably miserable
    please be self absorbed much (not the good kind)
    please be addicted to some substance
    Then she is describing the things she wishes her dad was to her;
    papa laugh with your princess so that she will find funny princes familiar
    papa respect your princess so that she will find respectful princes familiar.

    The last line "please be just like my" she doesnt finish the sentence becasue she wants her dad, and her lovers to be like the things she described, but they can't be...So thats why she didnt finish the line. Also used as away to show that all this can be changed...
    In a cleaver way she is somewhat blaming all of her failed realtionships on the fact that her father didnt familirize her with those things.
    All in All its a beautiful song...
    suhaon February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I think the last word is "father". I never looked at the song like Suha did, but that's a great way of looking at it. I look at it like asking the father to be these things so the girl can know that's what to look for in a lover, and the last two lines make me think of the princess writing in her diary about what she wants her lover to be like and breaks off at "just like my.." when she realises she has the "perfect father" That's my view! :)
    WunderEnigmaon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy outlook on this song is slightly different. I beleive this song is about embracing yourself. i think alanis is telling her father to have unconditional love for her so she can become who she really is. i think all the "please be's" has to do with who she really wants to be. she refers to "papa" quite often i think this is referring to her relationship with her father and she wants him to listen to her and love her for who she is. I love this song. feel free to correct me if anybody feels this is not a proper interpretaion.
    talk_about_iton May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay. The song is pricness familiar. she wrote this song when she was living with a woman. also it's not "I love the way you press my buttons, so much sometimes i could strangle you." it's "So much sometimes I push them for you."
    sadistlitlePuppyon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read somewhere that women always look for partners that make them remember their father (in questions of personality)... I honestly believe it is true, when you love your father, his way of treating your mom and other people, his personality...you unconsciously look for a similar partner :) this song is beautiful, alanis has a peculiar way to express her feelings, I really admire her.
    thusitalon November 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about how important a fathers relationship is with his daughter and a father should be good to his daugher because she will look for a husband who treats her like her dad has. This is true in real like too. This song is also about the type of husband that Alanis is looking for. These 2 things are seperated by the even and odd numbered lyrics.

    In the songs lyrics, the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th verse's desribe what she is looking for or wants in a man while the 2nd, 4th and 6th verse's describe how a father should treat her daughter, so that she will look for those same traits in a man resulting in a more loving, healthy happy relationship for his daughter.
    musicman2010on January 24, 2010   Link

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