"Precious Illusions" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
You'll rescue me right?
In the exact same way they never did,
I'll be happy right?
When your healing powers kick in

You'll complete me right?
Then my life can finally begin
I'll be worthy right?
Only when you realize the gem I am?

But this won't work now the way it once did
And I won't keep it up even though I would love to
Once I know who I'm not then I'll know who I am
But I know I won't keep on playing the victim

These precious illusions in my head did not let me down
When I was defenseless
And parting with them is like parting with invisible best friends

This ring will help me yet as will you knight in shining armor
This pill will help me yet as will these boys gone through like water

But this won't work as well as the way it once did
'cause I want to decide between survival and bliss
And though I know who I'm not I still don't know who I am
But I know I won't keep on playing the victim

These precious illusions in my head did not let me down when I was a kid
And parting with them is like parting with a childhood best friend

I've spent so long firmly looking outside me
I've spent so much time living in survival mode


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"Precious Illusions" as written by Alanis Morissette

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    General CommentI thought of another perspective too. This relationship that she made to be everything when it was nothing would be like losing the perfect best friend you never really had. I don't think it's what she was going for, but it's another way people can connect with it.
    thinkitbeiton August 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song brings forth the fact that reality is only what you make of it, and that's all it should be.
    m99on June 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis says to me that, we all dream the way things should be and if you dont its like losing a best friend.
    Rubikiaon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJoveth, did you know the video was her idea?>? it fits perfectly with the song.
    So, she meets this man. She questions him with what he can do with her " you'll rescue me, right?..." (along with all the other phrases that end in "right") She basically wants to know is the "the guy." She has this perfect idea of how a guy should be, but she also knows reality and nothing is perfect. And the guy she is with now is......just not rockin her boat. If she doesnt have her "precious illusions" what is she to look for, to live for with a man? She is not going to let them go, because it would be like losing a childhood bestfriend, or an invisible best friend.
    The best part of the song comes at the bridge with, "Ive spent so long firmly looking outside me..." I feel that she feels like she has been looking so long for love, but she has had her guard up because she doesnt want to get hurt which is enabling her to show her true colors, but now she is ready to make a true commitment, and leave no secrets to the man she truly loves.
    Empirer85on July 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentoh yeah, i own every alanis album, but i didnt like them much. This song, i feel. is the most meaningful, and her best.
    Empirer85on July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI adore this and the video is perfect. It's just amazing. I thought hands clean was ok. But this is really really really good. Jagged little pill was the first album I bought and this just brings it all back.
    paranoia_girlon August 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentPut down the fucking bottle of Vodka, dude.
    scawton August 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat got me onto the song was the video b/c it is how most of us wish our love lives were with the perfect soulmate and the perfect future but in the video you are shown reality and fantasy. Ladies and gentlemen, we have to keep it real!
    missy blueon September 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgod , alanis is such a gemini . she questions all her moves and knows she not one way or atleast she hasnt figurerd out what they are at all yet :) .

    i dont think the song has much to do with the video .the video is cute but the song and alanis has still so much uncertainty inside .
    NIKKIEon April 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthave you ever seen the Precious Illusions experience video? The video is really amazing. It's much better than the origanal video
    TheGreatHoudinion July 01, 2003   Link

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