Morissette, Alanis - Perfect Lyrics




Sometimes is never quite enough
If you're flawless, then you'll win my love
Don't forget to win first place
Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

Be a good boy
Try a little harder
You've got to measure up
And make me prouder

How long before you screw it up
How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up
With everything I do for you
The least you can do is keep quiet

Be a good girl
You've gotta try a little harder
That simply wasn't good enough
To make us proud

I'll live through you
I'll make you what I never was
If you're the best, then maybe so am I
Compared to him compared to her
I'm doing this for your own damn good
You'll make up for what I blew
What's the problem...why are you crying

Be a good boy
Push a little farther now
That wasn't fast enough
To make us happy
We'll love you just the way you are
If you're perfect





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Morissette, Alanis Perfect Comments
  1. Emma Ford

    All of Alanis morissette Album's are fantastic. Will never stop listening and loving her work💯 per cent🎧👌👍😀😃😄🙋❤️

  2. Unique Phoenix 8633

    All I do is screw up everything

  3. memo arellano

    Duncan sheik

  4. Vaketha Thurston

    I love Alanis Morrisette!! Her music has so much meaning for me.

  5. Zach Keller

    Anyone else's fucked up parents make you feel like this. K then listen to this then directly to GG Allin song called I Hate People

  6. Narda Karinna Muñoz Suárez

    This album is master piece! I growing up listening her songs. Love you Alanis. You were one of my first inspiration as a singer!

  7. ESHA ADHIKARY

    Still I cry every damn time I listen to this song. The lyrics were written about 20 yrs back and still relatable

  8. Dustin Cisney

    Wow, I didn't realize how many shitty parents there are out there. I'm glad my parents were hippies.✌️

  9. Richard Fortin

    When you can make a song like this..I mean like wow.

  10. Dmwardhani

    My mom used to be a tiger mom back then.She always wants me to be at top ten student at my class.I was good at my school, but once i ever blew up, i didn't make a good grades, and she didn't barely spoke with me for one week.
    That was a mixed feeling during my teen, as an asian kid i raised to have a respect to parents, i love her, but at that time i also found myself sometimes hate her because of all her expectations to me. But eventually, i made a peace with her during my college until now. This song bring me to tears, hits me so bad, recall me when she always wanted me to be a perfect kid. I'm a mother now, i learn from my mom, i break the cycle, i won't do the same thing to my kid.

  11. The Jaded Wolf

    Like if listening in December 2019

  12. DigitalGold3D

    The absolute worst fucking song ever heard in my life

  13. Sean Lawlor Nelson

    This song triggers a lot of feelings

  14. Hike with Mike

    Life is a hiking trail.....don't worry about winning first place!....it is the finish line...many years ahead of where your are...that really matters....mellow out and slow down the finish line is static,,,,

    Rockin' Hits

    beautiful

  15. Autumn Matuch

    I imagined Derek Klena singing this song and started crying lol, I can’t wait for the Jagged Little Pill musical

  16. Cherie Kanz

    My Childhood!! Sad but I know life isn't like this now, 62 years later. Thank You for all of your songs.

  17. Chaos

    So much emotion in her music...

  18. princess ruth

    dedicated to my own mommy dearest, alanis those were her exact words usually accompanied by pinching or punching and even a frying pan to my head. i made sure my children were safe and as happy as i could provide but always saying things true and even when waves crashed harder there were never uncle-daddies in my home. held it down like anchor. love your recovery from catholicism lol ! im rt there witcha. keep spitting it like shakespeare. you let me know its ok to be pissed. fin bollocks it was. love ur fiyah noelani💞aloha e.

    princess ruth

    btw thats my solid kane (man) of. 8 yrs. dont know y his pic shows up. he loves my fiyah \(-ㅂ-)/ ♥ ♥ ♥

  19. Ambrosia Morrisss

    I am a mother... and this song reminded me to take it easy on my beautiful 11-year-old daughter. Chilling.

  20. Hike with Mike

    I hated how the 1990s music struck a stake through the heart of my blue collar 80s metal...but over time I have realized how awesome the music of the 90s was...this song is a gem and an iconic album for the decade

  21. Jeanne R.

    Perfect ❤

  22. Misty Yates

    This was the soundtrack to my '95. To my '95 and '96.

  23. Ami Alexander-McCallister

    I miss you!!!

  24. Richard Fortin

    This song is brilliant

  25. Markie Burnhope

    still crying to this song now

  26. TheTruth

    That's my Alanis!

  27. Bluestone524

    Album of the 90s

  28. A LS

    Middle child of 3. Enough said, am I right?? 😭😭

    Revona Bledson

    A LS middle child of 6 fml

  29. Tania Toriz

    This song it's for you brother y love you so much wherever you are🖤

  30. Ary Diana

    My dad hates me. But I'm human, I'll never be "perfect". Sorry.

  31. NoobyPlayszGames

    I wonder why he does not make videos anymore

  32. Andrew Flood

    LUV THIS SONG !!!!!

  33. macbeth moray

    So do Asian parents that push their kids till the borderline of abuse.

  34. andrew tooley

    i always feel i am never good enough

    andrew tooley

    @A. Fox good for you

  35. A Whiter Shade of Pail

    Am i the only one who thinks this song is hysterical?

    I mean- my heart does go to those who had assholes like this for parents, but fortunately mine were not quite this helicopter-oriented.

    I do love the part where she's practically screaming about living vicariously through the poor kid(s). - Make you what i NEVER was... Ugh.

  36. Kimberly Haugan

    The key to happiness is _______

  37. Peter Gray

    Went to Australia from England the following year after this was released and having my parents virtually disown me cos I didn't do too well in exams. Spent my year loving OZ (CBH - Coogee Bay Hotel) and the new friends I made..... and the rest of my life ..wishing I had more understanding parents...

  38. Barb DeSouza

    I teach English to Chinese students....and they are under such pressure to succeed. I feel terrible sometimes. Especially the girls....they are not as prized as the boys.

  39. Lauren Stanley

    This is how I feel about competitive gymnastics. I love my mom a lot but she can be hard to please. I did gymnastics and coached it for years, and years. I love that sport a lot. But it's really unrealistic to put those expectations on little kids . Some kids thrive in that but it's not for every kid... and ya there are a lot of great gymnastics careers that don't end in the Olympics or even college gymnastics. Lesson learned. I am not going to put unrealistic expectations on my kid. Seriously the journey is all that matters and he'll learn how to work hard by how I work, not me pushing him.

  40. Hosoi Archives

    Lots of blubbering in the comment section

  41. JJ W

    My friend was talking about vicariously living through children and this song instantly popped in my head. This song spoke to my core as a teenager and shaped the way I raised my daughter. I didn't want her to ever feel this way like I did

  42. dave clarke

    Excellent example of verbalized common sense .

  43. matthew dallimore

    Look how many views this has had!! This song and the album will piss over today's crap. December 7th

  44. EDU Alvarex

    Wooooow... Remember... Sadness :(. Awesome

  45. alexandre annino

    Perfect

  46. Timothy Todd

    Oh my god.... Wow

  47. Thiago Tebet

    A realism

  48. Gordon Freeman

    Alguém do Brasil em 2018 ? ....

    gustavo alvarado durand

    No, pero te doy like

  49. Pedro jorge

    This is my mother repeating the same shit all over again.She can't even accept the truth.She ignores reality and she expects the impossible.She has never truly accepted herself,let alone her children.I've told her that she should have broken up with my horrible father...instead of taking pills and sleeping!Next say she was ready to pretend that nothing had happened...

  50. Alycia Sears

    This is my theme song. I never think I'm good enough.

    Pink Juicy

    Alycia Sears well guess what hunni, I’m telling you THAT YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH, YOU ARE BETTER THAN GOOD ENOUGH YOU ARE UNIQUE, BEAUTIFUL INSIDE& OUT,EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU , YOU IS EXCEPTIONAL& DON’T EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT OR BELIEVE THEM, please ALWAYS KNOW IN YOUR HEART YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH& LOVE YOURSELF❤️

  51. Rodrigo Jair

    Perfect 💕👌
    Sometimes is never quite enough
    If you're flawless, then you'll win my love
    Don't forget to win first place
    Don't forget to keep that smile on your face

    Be a good boy
    Try a little harder
    You've got to measure up
    Make me prouder

    How long before you screw it up
    How many times do I have to tell you to hurry up
    With everything I do for you
    The least you can do is keep quiet

    Be a good girl
    You've gotta try a little harder
    That simply wasn't good enough
    To make us proud

    I'll live through you
    I'll make you what I never was
    If you're the best, then maybe so am I
    Compared to him compared to her
    I'm doing this for your own damn good
    You'll make up for what I blew
    What's the problem, why are you crying

    Be a good boy
    Push a little farther now
    That wasn't fast enough
    To make us happy
    We'll love you just the way you are
    If you're perfect.

  52. Miss Clark

    15 years later and I still feel redundant

  53. Jamalee Witty

    I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM...

  54. revaholic

    The anthem of the high expectations Asian parent. Lol

  55. infinitedreamscape

    I don't know if anyone ever noticed, but this is the only song in Jagged Little Pill where Alanis is a bit 'off' in some notes. Sounds like it's a one take. Get it? It's imperfect. Wonderful.

    aleonardoartz

    Every song she sings sounds off, that's the best part of her music imo! Shes a bad singer but still manages some way to be good

    Roxanne Moser

    @aleonardoartz shed not a bad singer at all. Take theory and composition and you'll understand.

    Jack Winkles

    The imperfections in the singing add vastly to the artistic merit of this song and what it’s saying

    I'm Done

    I don't think she's a bad singer at all, but she is definitely raw. I've always liked that she sang like that though. It makes her music more real emotionally.

  56. Gustavo Marques

    The best song of Alanis for me by far...

  57. back office Brave defender

    This album was released 23 years ago! WOW

  58. Contra 2075

    She's performing in Santa Barbara Sep 27th at 7pm. I will be there. She's performing at 6 years after her last album or maybe she stopped in 2013 so 5 years not performing. Been relaxing with her and her husband and child.

  59. Falling Up

    You are perfect , just the way you are. !

  60. John6yt

    50 people DID win first place to please their underachieving parents

  61. discord mykong

    Love my girlfriend's from the pass in school days

  62. Karen Skultety

    Alanis Morrisette was so much a part of my journey through this life. Through breakups and heartaches. Through strengths and weaknesses. Thanks Alanis!

  63. Milwaukee Party Productions

    I love you Monica you save my life showed me love,life and so many things i was never given the chance to make life perfect.

  64. Luis David Graterol

    She is perfect...!

  65. JeanRobin

    This song IS my relationship with my parents

  66. GuarujaBrazil

    Beautiful song... I cryed a lot hearding it in my Teenage....

  67. Otori Shingen

    No pressure... Just be perfect

  68. jtno2

    One of the best albums ever made.

    FioreFabrizio

    that is absolutely true.

    Riana Anaïs

    She was preaching all through this album. Classic.

    lew allen

    Yup yup

  69. 11cylynt11

    I showed my parents this song and they said, "See this woman gets it, keep quiet and do better!" Now my parents angrily sing various sections of this song at me throughout the day.

    Stephen Kelly

    Sing it to them when you put them in a nursing home.

    Raisa Cherry

    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😢

    Raisa Cherry

    @Stephen Kelly 😂😂😂😂

  70. Fatima Reyes

    this song is so my mom hahaha

  71. Milwaukee Party Productions

    I've been a super fan from the 90's blessed enough to see you twice but all I can say is thank you and it wasn't until I was my age to understand how deep and fantastic you are as a whole,artist, person like wow. IM STILL JAMMING LOL

  72. boudicca storm

    The consequence of being smart, talented, etc. People accuse you of not trying hard enough at things. I been there. I'd rather be dumb and get credit for trying.

  73. Orlando Gutierrez

    Sorry for my english...
    When i was younger, i´d like this song very much, but didn´t understanding
    But now with more years, i´m a father and i completely understand the meaning of this song, and i like more than when i was young
    Almost make me cry for what i feel when i listen it..

  74. I am a Unicorn

    I'm really good in school, with a 4.0 GPA, and when I told my parents that I got an 89 on a big test, they played this song. They were joking of course, and I found it hilarious.

    A Whiter Shade of Pail

    WHY ARE YOU CRYING!?!?!?!?!?!! ;) lolololol

    Riana Anaïs

    Your parents are hilarious

  75. William Whiddon

    I've had a major crush on her since you can't do that on television was on.

  76. Sarah K.

    Kris Jenner's song.

  77. Danielle Kenehan

    This song always makes me think of my mum.

  78. Tyvan TV

    2016 and still the best album.

  79. Zach Barr

    I want to literally fuck her voice.

    Kees Kapteyn

    You're exactly the kind of fuckboy shithead that never would have even gotten close to her. Girls aren't put on this earth for you to stick your pud into. Keep your caveman urges to yourself.

  80. Phil Hand

    This song is so very true.

  81. Alan Cook

    Sometimes parents secretly but intentionally sabotage their children in order to cause them to fail .

    That's what mine try to do to me .

    Then they yell at me , for screwing up ..... pretending as though they had nothing to do with it ..... though they are the highest pinnacle ..... the ultimate reason for failure .....

    But only if I believe that what they say is true .

    Thus relieving me of any credibility I have ever had ..... just by lying to me .

    Biff did it to George M .

    But George W . did it ..... to the US of A .

  82. IntelligentT82

    I remember I used to play this song in Junior High when I was on the bus heading to band festivals and competitions. I didn't play it because my mom was like the parents in the song, but because I was a perfectionist and was hard on myself about being perfect. This song made me relax and know that it was okay not to be perfect. Good memories from this song.

  83. bob bold

    too close to home

  84. Kate Marquis

    why does everyone think this song is about a little boy? It's obviously about any children (GIRLS TOO!)...

    AJ Michales

    it even says in a chorus, be a good girl in the ending

  85. nomibe2911

    The beauty pageant moms need to listen to this song.

  86. Diane E

    I grew up Catholic and relate to this song. It's a bad cycle of guilt instilled in us Catholic children since childhood and it sucks but I love this song.

    Brian Crawford

    @Jesus' little sparrow If that's a translation from the Catholic translation of the Bible, you might as well post the Latin Vulgate too. I can read that. The KJV is actually more accurate, IMO, and it's translated directly from the Greek New Testament, unlike St. Jerome's work. Anyway, even Satan can quote scripture, and I think your interpretation of the original verses are not only wrong but hurtful. Vade Satanas!

    Jesus' little sparrow

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen.

    Hellwyck

    Ever heard "Forgiven"?

    Hellwyck

    @Jesus' little sparrow Brainswashed sparrow

    Jesus' little sparrow

    @Hellwyck God bless you ❤

  87. HarpsiFizz- Mortuary Student

    The theme song of _Toddlers and Tiaras_.

  88. abcsoaps

    Exactly how I grew up feeling, and my parents say they just wanted me to be happy and succesful. It goes back to how they were raised too. Messed up world we live in, I guess, wont change, because everyone expects you to be perfect

    Ang Ay

    abcsoaps we change what we want for ourselves.

    Ang Ay

    abcsoaps never gave my two cent on YouTube

    Cree Jedi

    nothing will change for those that say it and let it happen. Let's do our bit. I'm making change in what I am aware of. everyone we treat with respect n humility n love will be effected. one.

  89. Laura Antolin

    This song always makes me cry. I love it.

    Glaceon Studios

    @wayne andrews the old bee keeper What does this opinion have to do with a great song?

    Chris Shartzer

    Me too, why do I listen to it?
    Karen Carpenter makes me cry also.
    I get goosebumps and weep at the same time.

    Martin Franco

    SI ami también... no se porque sera... es todo el conjunto... la letra la melodia...todo !

    lew allen

    Yup beautiful so glad I was raised on music like this just before it died

  90. Mau Pacheco

    Be a good boy
    Push a little farther now
    That wasn't fast enough
    To make us happy
    We'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect

    Mandy

    +Mau Pacheco
    Be a good girl
    You gotta try a little harder
    That simply wasn't good enough
    To make us proud

  91. bythedog

    Emotional and spiritual children having children, having children.  Please break the cycle.

    zanitzeuken

    you can drink the bleach if you want. many of us aren't ready to give up and not all of us fail.

  92. infinitedreamscape

    I love how the song is called "Perfect" and yet they've left some slight imperfectness in the voice, like her voice cracking up in 1:00. The kind that makes seem like it's live, or recorded in one take. It's Perfect!

    Moe Lover

    infinitedreamscape that was her style, the whiny, moany weak but so powerful voice

  93. Jett CW

    I think you described it just right...

  94. Combustion Man

    i like the vocals and the instruments in the acoustic 1 more, but the how she sings it here hits just right; the vocals fit the lyrics so well, because its exactly how a parent would think in his own 'judgemental' voice.... i dont really know how to explain it 'o.o

  95. Harry Dickus

    I always thought this was the best cut off the album....Too bad it wasn't a single....