"Surrendering" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
You were full and fully capable
You were self sufficient and needless
Your house was fully decorated in that sense

You were taken with me to a point
A case of careful what you wish for
But what you knew was enough to begin

And so you called and courted fiercely
So you reached out, entirely fearless
And yet you knew of reservation and how it serves

And I salute you for your courage
And I applaud your perseverance
And I embrace you for your faith in the face of adversarial forces
That I represent

So you were in but not entirely
You were up for this but not totally
You knew how arms length-ing can maintain doubt

And so you fell and you're intact
So you dove in and you're still breathing
So you jumped and you're still flying if not shocked

And I support you in your trusting
And I commend you for your wisdom
And I'm amazed by your surrender in the face of threatening forces
That I represent

You found creative ways to distance
You hid away from much through humor
Your choice of armor was your intellect

And so you felt and you're still here
And so you died and you're still standing
And so you softened and you're still safely in command

Self protection was in times of true danger
Your best defense to mistrust and be wary
Surrendering a feat of unequaled measure
And I'm thrilled to let you in
Overjoyed to be let in in kind


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"Surrendering" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General Commentto me, this song is about someone whod given up on falling in love, but still wanted to fall. "case of careful what you wish for." Alanis knows this, and is "amazed" that the guy has surrendered to his feelings and let past go. The "adversarial forces" would be the hurt of past relationships. To me, the song is like saying "see you can fall in love and not get hurt."
    aries78on August 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the above- this is the polar opposite, evil twin, character foil, etc., of Head Over Feet. This is about the importance of holding back, and then unexpectadedly surrendering when love overwhelms you.
    Fishfisheateaton April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSame as "Head over feet" by her.
    AgathaKavkaon October 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentif it is the same idea as Head Over Feet then it's a different viewpoint on the theme - Head Over Feet is about how she fell for a guy and this is more about how the guy was after her and she respected the way he was so persistent about it even though it was diving in at the deep end.
    lucyb85on January 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is nothing like head over feet. that's ridiculous.
    sadistlitlePuppyon November 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThink this is about a man who surprised Alanis with his persistence and ability to put up with her, and in the end, she ended up falling in love. :)
    Human-beefon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe fine line between trying too hard and not trying enough... just right.
    Ian-samaon July 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell said, Ian-sama. Al's a meditating Buddhist. She's always looking for the "middle path." Likewise this reads like another one of her multi-level objectifications. Sounds like it's every bit as much notes to herself as to a former lover or anyone who just stumbles across it. Ever the delightful little professor who's class I'd =never= miss.
    naughtmoseson January 18, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe title says it all: "Surrendering." The topic is not so much surrender as an action, but as a process -- surrendering. Alanis flirts with the language of war throughout: "I salute you for your courage;" "adversarial forces;" "your surrender;" "threatening forces;" "your choice of armor was your intellect;" "you died and you're still standing;" "in command;" "times of true danger;" "best defense." Love, like war, involves risk, calculation, tactics. Her lover is "self-sufficient and needless," but decides to compromise his safe and secure existence because he is "taken with" her and knows "enough to begin." She applauds his perseverance, commends his wise reservation and wariness, supports his trusting; that is, he wins her respect. And it is with mutual admiration and respect that both sides agree to end their romantic battle. The surrender occurs not on one side, but on both. The song is as much about Alanis' surrender as it is about her lover's: "And I'm thrilled to let you in/Overjoyed to be let in in kind." Omnia vincit amor.
    KangNKodoson March 18, 2013   Link

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