Hand in my Pocket (1995) – Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette MTV interview 1995

I wonder what talented so and so Alanis Morissette is up to these days and if she is still making great music? The last time I saw her was in a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode seen here where she sabotages her own set. I suppose it was to meet Larry’s storyline, which is self effacing on her part.

Hand in my Pocket is the first of two songs which will feature here from the Canadian singer-songwriter. It was the second single from the enormously successful album Jagged Little Pill which I once had in my humble music collection. This song received significant radio airplay and reached No1 on the US billboards. I still feel it holds up solid after all these years and I fondly rewatched her well-received music video. It’s great songwriting:

I’m broke, but I’m happy
I’m poor, but I’m kind
I’m short, but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high, but I’m grounded
I’m sane, but I’m overwhelmed
I’m lost, but I’m hopeful, baby

And what it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine
‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is givin’ a high five

After graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her publisher funded part of her development and when she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, he believed in her talent enough to let her use his studio. The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s first internationally released album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. Every other label turned her down. Ouch!

Ballard said to Rolling Stone: “I just connected with her as a person, and, almost parenthetically, it was like ‘Wow, you’re 19?’ She was so intelligent and ready to take a chance on doing something that might have no commercial application. Although there was some question about what she wanted to do musically, she knew what she didn’t want to do, which was anything that wasn’t authentic and from her heart.

1. Wikipedia – Hand in my Pocket

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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4 comments on “Hand in my Pocket (1995) – Alanis Morissette
  1. She released several singles and an EP in 2020 & 2021, one of which was “Reasons I Drink”, which was a pretty good song.

    • The video is great of Reasons I Drink. Thank you so much.

    • Reely Bernie says:

      Off of one of the few albums I’ve ever listened to in which each track just got better and better. An instant album repeat for me (which was on a CD at the time). The disc stayed in my car for almost a whole year. The stars aligned with her. Great song, great album, great year!

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