Alanis Morissette: Perfect

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Perfect

Sometimes is never quite enough
If you're flawless , then you'll win my love
Don't forget to win first place
Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

CHORUS: Be a good boy
Try a little harder
You've got to measure up, make me prouder
How long before you screw it up?
How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up?
With everything I do for you
The least you can do is keep quiet

CHORUS: Be a good girl
You gotta try a little harder
That simply was not good enough
To make us proud

I'll live for you
I'll make you what I never was
If you are the best, then maybe so am I
Compared to him, compared to her
I'm doing this for your own damn good
You'll make up for what I blew
What's the problem?
Why are you crying?

CHORUS: Be a good boy
Push a little farther now
That wasn't fast enough, to make us happy
We'll love you just the way you are
If you are perfect









songwriter: Alanis Morissette

performed by: Alanis Morissette

date released: 1995 by Alanis Morissette; re-released in 2005

In 1996, the album from which the track, "Perfect" was recorded, "Jagged Little Pill" had Alanis Morissette six Grammy Award nominations, in which she won Best Female Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album, and Album of the Year. The following year, her signature song, "Ironic", won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Quite a sweep from the girl from Ottawa, Canada!

Alanis Morisette wrote songs expressing teenage angst and frustration. In her early years of "Jagged Little Pill", Morissette felt tossed between her deeply entrenched perfectionism
her fierce sexual and intellectual independence, and her increasing dysmorphia about her body. It could be argued that "Perfect" is a cry for help from her disordered body intelligence culminating in eating disorders of anorexia and bulima nervosa in her teens.














Perfect

Sometimes is never quite enough
If you're flawless , then you'll win my love
Don't forget to win first place
Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

CHORUS: Be a good boy
Try a little harder
You've got to measure up, make me prouder
How long before you screw it up?
How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up?
With everything I do for you
The least you can do is keep quiet

CHORUS: Be a good girl
You gotta try a little harder
That simply was not good enough
To make us proud

I'll live for you
I'll make you what I never was
If you are the best, then maybe so am I
Compared to him, compared to her
I'm doing this for your own damn good
You'll make up for what I blew
What's the problem?
Why are you crying?

CHORUS: Be a good boy
Push a little farther now
That wasn't fast enough, to make us happy
We'll love you just the way you are
If you are perfect









songwriter: Alanis Morissette

performed by: Alanis Morissette

date released: 1995 by Alanis Morissette; re-released in 2005

In 1996, the album from which the track, "Perfect" was recorded, "Jagged Little Pill" had Alanis Morissette six Grammy Award nominations, in which she won Best Female Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album, and Album of the Year. The following year, her signature song, "Ironic", won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. Quite a sweep from the girl from Ottawa, Canada!

Alanis Morisette wrote songs expressing teenage angst and frustration. In her early years of "Jagged Little Pill", Morissette felt tossed between her deeply entrenched perfectionism
her fierce sexual and intellectual independence, and her increasing dysmorphia about her body. It could be argued that "Perfect" is a cry for help from her disordered body intelligence culminating in eating disorders of anorexia and bulima nervosa in her teens.














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Quiz #: 5371
What a great way to introduce the root causes, consequences and personal devastation of a modern malaise: perfectionism.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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