Lyrics Alanis Morissette

Dear Matthew I like you a lot I realize you're in a relationship
With someone right now and I respect
That I would like you to know that if you're ever single
In the future and you want to come visit me in California
I would be open to spending time with you and finding
Out how old you were when you wrote your first song

Dear Jonathan I liked you too much I used to be attracted to boys
Who would lie to me and think solely about themselves and you
Were plenty self-destructive for my taste at the time I used to say
The more tragic the better the truth is whenever I think of the early 90's
Your face comes up with a vengeance like it was yesterday

Dear Terrance I love you muchly you've been nothing
But open-hearted and emotionally available and supportive
And nurturing and consummately there for me I kept drawing you in
And pushing you away I remember how beautiful it was to fall asleep
On your couch and cry in front of you for the first time you
Were the best platform from which to jump beyond myself what
Was wrong with me

Dear Marcus you rocked my world you had a charismatic way
About you with the women and you got me
Seriously thinking about spirituality and you wouldn't let me get away
With kicking my own ass but I could never really feel relaxed and looked out
For around you though and that stopped us from going any further
Than we did and it's kinda too bad because we could've had much more fun

Dear Lou we learned so much I realize we won't be able to talk for some time
And I understand that as I do you
The long distance thing was the hardest and we did as well as we could
We were together during a very tumultuous time
In our lives I will always have your back and be curious about you
About your career about your whereabouts

Song facts

"Unsent" is a song by Alanis Morissette on her 1998 album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. It was released as the album's third single on March 18, 1999 and was not as successful as Morissette's earlier singles. It was one of the few Junkie tracks on which she played her harmonica. Morissette directed the music video for the song.

Without a chorus or hook, "Unsent" is an unconventional song. The lyrics consist of letters addressed to Morissette's former boyfriends. The demo version of "Unsent" contains the real names of the boyfriends: "Matthews" (referring to singer Dave Matthews from the Dave Matthews Band), "Eric", "Terry", "Marc", "Terrance", "Christian" (Christian Lane from the band Loud Lucy), and "Taylor" (Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters).

For the studio cut, some letters were dropped. Only five of them survived, but the people mentioned were renamed to protect their privacy: "Matthews" became "Matthew"; "Eric" became "Jonathan"; "Terry" became "Terrance"; "Marc" became "Marcus"; "Christian" became "Lou".


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