Surrendering
Lyrics Alanis Morissette

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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

Song facts

"Surrendering" is a pop rock song written by Alanis Morissette, and produced by her for her sixth album, Under Rug Swept (2002).

"Surrendering" was released to radio as the album's third single in Canada in September 2002. By March 2003 it had reached the top ten on the playlists of radio stations such as Mix 96 and √Čnergie. No music video was released.

The song was the last Morissette wrote for the album. According to her, it is "about the gratitude that I feel for someone tapping into the courage that it takes to allow themselves to be loved and to ... listen to their fears and still move through them. And how thrilling it is for me to be able to be let in in that kind of way. And how healing it is ultimately for both the person I'm singing about and myself." She has described it as "a very peaceful, joyful song". The subject of "Surrendering" is a man Morissette was dating as of March 2002.

Entertainment Weekly cited the line "I embrace you for your faith in the face of adversarial forces that I represent" as an example of "some of the clumsiest lyrics to be heard on a pop record in years ... it may be an appropriate assessment of a relationship, but it's not a chorus." The Village Voice named it the best song on Under Rug Swept, saying it shows Morissette's "gift for the all-time pop melody". NME wrote that "Surrendering" and "Hands Clean", another track on the album, were "overwrought folk-rock that is destined for a thousand organic juice bars."

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