I’ll be honest—the reason I learned how to curse was because of Alanis Morrissette. I was in the first grade, and I heard Alanis sing “chickenshit” in “Head Over Feet.” I learned that word because of her, and that was only the first lesson Alanis gave me.
As one of the strongest female singer-songwriters of the 90s and early 00s, Alanis made a career out of raw, empowering and (sometimes) over-sharing lyrics about her life that shook up the alt-rock world. In honor of her advice column at The Guardian, we rounded up some of the best life advice we got from Alanis’ songs.
It might be trite, but in “You Learn,” Alanis is giving us an important bit of life advice: Bad or good, with every experience, you learn something. You cry, you end up with really red eyes. You drink too much on a Friday night, you get a hangover. You choke on a pretzel, you learn not to do that.