Morissette, Alanis - Orchid Lyrics




Me, and my helmet such an un-conventional kid
All intense and kinetic, at best tolerated from afar
Not yet arrested, and by that I mean betrothed
though a start I am newly courted
I've just not been trusted with alters

I'm a sweet piece of work, well intentioned yet disturbed
wrongly label-ed and under-fed, treated like a rose as an orchid

My friends, as they weigh in, get understandably protective
They have a hard time being objective
So inside we cancel each other out

I'm a sweet piece of work, well intentioned and unloved
unlabeled and misunderstood, treated like a rose as an orchid

You've brought water to me, making sure my bloom rebounds
you know best of what my special care allows

So I've lived in my blind spot
thought myself usual when I'm not
and your garden is a nice spot
as long as it is brave and where you are

For this sweet piece of work, high maintenance and deserted
I've been different and deserving, treated like a rose as an orchid
Sweet piece of work, overwhelmed un-observed
I've been bowed down to but so misread
treated like a rose as an orchid





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Morissette, Alanis Orchid Comments
  1. Timothy Ostrowski

    This song helped me through my drug addiction and helped light the path to sobriety. THANK YOU ALANIS

  2. David Graham

    Hsp brought me here

  3. KennedyAndersun

    Piece of work ❤️

  4. mikebtko

    Alanis Deluxe Entanglement is like a different album... It's her best songs. My God, and "Madness"... They're so perfect!

  5. meow0meow7

    Her podcast brought me here

  6. Douglas Brook

    How beautiful is this! It should have been on the main album - just discovered it - so beautiful!She did some great work with Guy Sigsworth

  7. buzz11

    She is perfect still. Just like before. Entanglement. So true. When you get it. So beautiful.

  8. Envious Green

    Lyrics:

    Me, and my helmet such an unconventional kid
    All intense and kinetic, at best tolerated from afar
    Not yet arrested, and by that I mean betrothed
    Though a start I am newly courted
    I've just not been trusted with alters

    I'm a sweet piece of work, well intentioned yet disturbed
    Wrongly labeled and underfed, treated like a rose as an orchid

    My friends, as they weigh in, get understandably protective
    They have a hard time being objective
    So inside we cancel each other out

    I'm a sweet piece of work, well intentioned and unloved
    Unlabeled and misunderstood, treated like a rose as an orchid

    You've brought water to me, making sure my bloom rebounds
    You know best of what my special care allows

    So I've lived in my blind spot
    Thought myself usual when I'm not
    And your garden is a nice spot
    As long as it is brave and where you are

    For this sweet piece of work, high maintenance and deserted
    I've been different and deserving, treated like a rose as an orchid
    Sweet piece of work, overwhelmed unobserved
    I've been bowed down to but so misread
    Treated like a rose as an orchid

    kleverson j d s r

    Envious Green thank you so much!!!

    buzz11

    Thank you for the words, love.

    Kevin Keane

    Hi there. A few adjusments...Ï am duly courted"" and "well intentioned and unnerved", "High maintenance and deserved"". Thanks for this though. Such beautiful words :-)

  9. Jujnjie Feb Trangia

    my 1st time to hear this since it was only featured in the deluxe edition........currently on repeat right now....wow

    mikebtko

    Jujnjie Feb Trangia "Madness" Is my favorite Alanis song ever!

  10. Ivan orrico

    The experience of being a sensitive child in Alanis lyrics.
    She is now a deep and inspiring person, someone who has turned her troubles in creativity. I will love her forever.

  11. Jolly Jokress

    thats me!

  12. Tammy Manor

    So beautiful. Thank you for writing it <3

  13. Peter Ful

    ^^^ Alanis= genius

  14. Kimberley George

    check out my cover "everything. look after: "kimberly alias empathia" :)

  15. mario stuppini

    why some of the best songs of Alanis are not in the albums??!.... such a wonderful song this one!.. I love it...

  16. Cassio Rocha

    pretty song!!!!!

  17. nitzibon

    The first one you said.

  18. carlosreco

    When she says, "treated like a rose as an orchid" is like she is saying I am treated like a rose but I am an orchid, or she is just saying she is treated like a rose and an orchid, sorry I am not an English native speaker and I do not know if she is just playing on words

    Hen Len

    4 years you have been waiting for a reply..... ;) it is the first one, you were right. The song is a metaphor of her personality/desires. For example, she sings that she is being 'wrong labelled and underfed'. Roses require more intervention (e.g., deadheading, watering, sunny position) than orchids which require more time alone, less water, calmer temperature and little handling.

  19. davfergon

    Hi, I´m from Spain and i don´t think that she is undervalued out there... People with a strong personality cannot like to everyone but fortunatly, she has a lot of fans around the word (I am one of them). My top 3 are: Empathy, Hands Clean and Orchid

  20. davfergon

    Amazing song....she has a special way to sing and transmite feelings through her music... For me, Alanis has been the engine of my life to get ahead....

  21. Eric Springer

    I love songs like this from Alanis, she is so deep and when I need good song that has depth, I run to Alanis, my best friend when it comes to deep thoughts that nobody else can understand!

  22. jjcbss

    1996 - 2013 here ;-)

  23. Rami Ghazal

    1995 -2013 and still in LOVE with Alanis Morissette

  24. badriyah43

    That you are.

  25. badriyah43

    Great lyrics.

  26. Laura Racciatti

    Absolutely a piece of art. My fav Alanis Morissette's song.

  27. Bejvalá ženo Arture z Kovošrotu

    gorgeous song..

  28. Cranberry1979

    I think this is definitely MY SONG! And the orchid is my favourite flower! :)

  29. Andrew Flood

    I LOVE HER !!!!!!!!

  30. Kris Hyatt

    this such a wonderful song!

  31. MsOrchid91

    I love it, it's so deep! Alanis speaks to the heart! A sentence can say a thousand things!*-*my username is derived from this wonderful song!

  32. uncleadolf

    Love this song. With Havoc and Bright Lights, it seems like she has left some of the best songs off the record and relegated to 'bonus' tracks yet again. Oh well.

    Douglas Brook

    Yes! Strange how the bonus tracks are some of the best!

  33. Debby Drutz

    Oooops, typo error,
    Meant to type "genius".

  34. Debby Drutz

    Genuis.

  35. Bloomingtide

    Dunno about the other one, but one of them is certainly the band "Poets of the Fall."

  36. clearsunnysky

    the key to alanis is to read what she writes first. She is an explorer of the human condition before she is a singer. And what a voice! What a "sweet piece of work".

  37. yancybutler

    You're like on every Alanis video I really doubt they are just "coming to" you.

  38. Jordan Crowley

    If you think that she is such a self-absorbed psychobabbling idiot, why are you even looking up her songs on youtube. And I can assure you that she is actually NOT what you claim her to be. And even if you don't look or study or even look at her lyrics, you can't say the music is bad. And if you think it is, well, that's just your opinion. But I for one, appreciate what she has given to us even if other, like yourself, cannot.

  39. Rezz Atrana

    You don't understand her music and lyrics, thats clear.

  40. nursewithawound

    The ad was better than the video. But not better than the song ;)

  41. Filip Galetic

    I wouldn't say she is undervalued. The very fact that she isn't an object of mass hysteria speaks about her value. And she even was an object of mass hysteria with JLP.

  42. EffieLG

    I agree with you, Alanis is one of my favorite 3 too - btw, the others are Eva Cassidy and Mina [I'm Italian, I can't help loving Mina <3]

  43. Turbo Tube

    One of my favourite songs. Thank you Alanis.

  44. Thunesite

    God if only the melody was enough for me, I would feel this way about ALL of Justin Beiber's garbage. The lyrics are why I. WE love Alanis!!! Seriously!!

  45. Gadget Reviews

    @wackyarguyle I feel the same way too! I got to see her perform live 3 times, n was blown away by her presence! She is a genius with words! =]

  46. punishedexistence

    @wizio86 Personally, Alanis is one of my favorite 3 as well. My other two are John Lennon and Peter Steele. Ecclectic, but all share a common vein.

  47. Lewis Phillips


    I'm a sweet piece of work, well intentioned and unloved
    unlabeled and misunderstood, treated like a rose as an orchid

  48. wackyarguyle

    I feel that there will never be another musician like Alanis...sure there are alot of good ones out there, one of my favorites being Fiona Apple as far as female artists, But Alanis has an artistic flavor to her lyrics that make you think really hard, and sometimes even look up words. She challenges me, and also soothes me when I need calming. No one has done that to me with their music before.

    suzanne1059

    Annie Difranco.

  49. beautifulfacade

    Love this song. and just because she writes songs about herself doesn't make her egocentric. Music/Lyrics are meant to be used to express ourselves anyway. I love her songs.

  50. Thiago Berto

    Alanis likes herself very much you assholes. stop saying she's an egocentric. just because 95% of her songs start with I, it doens't mean she's egocentric.

  51. Eric Springer

    This is such a poetic song!! I love the deep effect she puts into this...also I so relate to this great song!

  52. veiledemeralds

    @wizio86 Excuses from "So Called Chaos" and Flinch from "Under Rug Swept" :)

  53. Fab

    @veiledemeralds Which are the other two?

  54. veiledemeralds

    This is song is one of my top three favorite Alanis songs. It's so deep and heartfelt. Alanis has this beautiful way of cutting herself open for the world to see, yet most completely miss what's she's saying. She's a wonderful artist, arguably one of the most undervalued out there.

  55. sk81092

    <3 this song, Alanis is a goddess! :)

  56. islander26

    i now understand why she's my favorite singer♥♥♥♥

  57. simsInnovation

    Amazing song :D