Quite a few songs in popular culture have left much to the imagination—having fans wonder just who the song was about, most notably: Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain (You Probably Think This Song is About You).”
Many believed that the song was about Mick Jagger yet, according to several reports in pop culture history, Simon hinted that it (in my Color Purple / “Mister voice): “could be—could be not” [about Jagger].
Pop star Alanis Morissette’s 1995 CD “Jagged Little Pill” earned her not only critical acclaim, top records sales, and high praise; it also earned her the reputation of being a possibly emotionally troubled woman who put her Fatal Attraction-esque experience of angst and agitation on wax while letting it all hang out on her popular song: “You Oughta Know” (atop).
The high-energy, visually profound lyrics over the rip-roaring bass guitar track was one such that it could not be any more denied than Morissette insisted she would not be [while lashing out at a former lover over being jilted and given the slip and duff] for “an older version of [herself].”
Over the years, it had been rumored that the song was about Full House star Dave Coulier (whom Morissette had dated and broken up with around the time the song was released). Here we are, years later and according to an interview Coulier did with Buzzfeed, he stated that it’s really funny that even after all these years, he finds it funny that it’s still an urban legend that the song is about him.
According to Coulier, the guy in the song is an asshole and insists that he’d never want to be associated or mistake for a guy like such.
Unlike Carly Simon, who over the years, has spoken out eluded to the fact that her song was about Mick Jagger, Morissette has never really spoken publicly about her song (You Oughta Know) by saying yea or nay [that Coulier was the male subject of the song and situation].
Coulier stated: “I asked Alanis…’I’m getting calls by the media and they want to know who this guy is.’ And she said, ‘Well, you know it could be a bunch of people. But you can say whatever you want.'”
Coulier admitted that the only reason he ever admitted to the possible fact that the song could have been about him was because [at the time], he was being hounded by the media and papzi’s about it.
We’re guessing that now, years past the time the song was released and maturity having set in; now would be just a good a time as any [for any decent man?] to distance himself from the type of man as sang about in the song (atop).
Well, Coulier may not want to claim being so “eloquently” described with such piercing words, but hey-I can admit that one song in particular off the CD; Morissette had me nailed by lyric to contrasting lyric, from start to finish.
…and what it all comes down to:
Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
’cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket, and the other one’s giving a ‘peace’ sign
I’m free but I’m focused. I’m green but I’m wise
I’m hard but I’m friend-ly, baby
I’m sad but I’m laughin.’ I’m brave but I’m chicken shit
I’m sick but I’m prettyyyyyyyy, baby
And what it all boils down to:
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet!
But I’ve got one in my pocket and the other one’s playin’ a piano
And what it all comes down to my friends:
Is that everything is just fine-fine-fine
‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket, and the other one’s hailing a taxi cab…
Jagged Little Pill is such a brilliant classic that was such a massive success that it most probably (and obviously) sustained Alanis Morrissette for a lifetime.
She is someone in music / pop / popular culture history that you, yourself oughta know, too. Love her!