"UR" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Glen Ballard....
Burn the books they've got too many names and psychosis
All this incriminating evidence would surely haunt me
If someone broke into my house

Suits in the living room
Do you realize guys I was born in 1974
We've got someone here to explain your publishing
We know how much you love to be in front of audiences

Hopeful you are
School bound you are
Naive you are
Driven you are

Take a trip to new york with your guardian
And your fake identification
When they said "is there something anything
You'd like to know young lady?"
You said "yes I'd like to know what kind of people
I'll be dealing with"

Precocious you are
Headstrong you are
Terrified you are
Ahead of your time you are

Don't mind our staring but
We're surprised you're not in a far-gone asylum
We're surprised you didn't crack up
Lord knows that we would've
We would've liked to have been there
But you keep pushing us away

Resilient you are
Big time you are
Ruthless you are
Precious you are


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"Ur" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette Glen Ballard

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    General CommentI believe this song is about young Alanis' start in entertainment world. There are "suits in the living room", probably either TV or music executives and she has a "guardian" when she goes to New York. I think it's probably about how overwhelming things can be when you're young and getting a start in the business.
    Shari2211on June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think it's obvious that Shari has captured the meaning...I always assumed it to be about her early days in the industry...
    "do you realise guys i was born in 1974?" people shocked by her level of maturity at such a young age.
    "we know how much you love to be in front of audiences", true about a young alanis.
    "take a trip to N.Y with your guardian and your fake I.D", travelling with minders/agents/publicists.
    when they said "is there something anything
    you'd like to know young lady?"
    you said "yes i'd like to know what kind of people i'll be dealing with" - another sign of alanis' early maturity.
    What i especially love is the last verse:
    "we're surprised you're not in a far-gone asylum
    we're surprised you didn't crack-up
    lord knows that we would've"- i see this as refering to her Jagged Little Pill comeback- fans and friends surprised that she hadn't fallen victim to the fate of many child stars.
    dandeman2010on March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what it is about this song that I just love...the meaning is kinda murky (well what do you expect from Alanis? lol) but its a catchy one!
    WishYouWereHereon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe she once explained that she wrote ther song about herself, means with "u r" she means herself. She used it as a kinda reflection upon herself.
    AgathaKavkaon May 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand because she's singing about herself, it almost feels like you're singing about yourself too, or like she's singing about you.... it feels so personal, you can't help but identify yourself the way she indentifies herself.

    excellent song, once again!!!
    corriebirdon May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is possible that she's talkin about some girl that's unknown and she wants to go to the big city to become a music star
    b@rion March 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree with dandeman and Shari, it definitely always seemed to me to be about Young Alanis' start, all of her music is so personal...perhaps why she has such a huge following, because she takes personal feelings and makes the relateable to a general audience. The last verse is my favorite and something I can relate to very well on a personal level!
    bothsidesnowon April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be about young Alanis and probably is, but I could definetely recognize the feeling this song evokes in many people who move to the big city where everything is so new and everybody at home is cheering for them. :)
    Human-beefon August 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    its just sonically nice.
    its nice to listen to.

    i also think its about herself.
    one thing i find funny about this song is that instead of saying "you are... ___" she says it backwards.
    it just reminds me of yoda.
    lol
    mlfm256on April 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, I associate this song intimately with a gay friend of mine, especially with the 'Don't mind our staring'. He's very much of an exhibitionist ('love to be in front of audiences') as well.
    Fishfisheateaton May 23, 2009   Link

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