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“If it weren’t for your maturity
none of this would have happened
if you weren’t so wise beyond your years
I would’ve been able to control myself
if it weren’t for my attention
you wouldn’t have been successful
and if it weren’t for me
you would never have amounted to very much

Oh this could be messy
but you don’t seem to mind
oh don’t go telling everybody
and overlook this supposed crime

We’ll fast forward to a few years later
and no one knows except the both of us
and I have honored your request for silence
and you’ve washed your hands clean of this

You’re essentially an employee
and I like you having to depend on me
you’re a kind of my protégé and one day
you’ll say you learned all you know from me
I know you depend on me
like a young thing would to a guardian
I know you sexualize me
like a young thing would and I think I like it

Oh this could get messy
but you don’t seem to mind
oh don’t go telling everybody
and overlook this supposed crime

We’ll fast forward to a few years later
and no one knows except the both of us
I’ve more than honored your request for silence
and you’ve washed your hands clean of this

What part of our history’s reinvented and under rug swept?
What part of your memory is selective and tends to forget?
What with this distance it seems so obvious?

Just make sure you don’t tell on me
especially to members of your family
we best keep this to ourselves
and not tell any members of our inner posse
I wish I could tell the world
cause you’re such a pretty thing
when you’re done up properly
I might want to marry you one day
if you watch that weight and keep your firm body

Oh this could be messy and
oh I don’t seem to mind
oh don’t go telling everybody
and overlook this supposed crime”.

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Alanis Morissette, Hands clean – 4:31
(Alanis Morissette)
Album: Under rug swept (2002)
Singolo: “Hands Clean” (2002)

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Citazioni.

Hands Clean è un brano pop rock cantato da Alanis Morissette, ed inserito nel suo album del 2002 Under Rug Swept. È stato pubblicato come primo singolo dell’album il 4 febbraio 2002. Il testo della canzone riporta una specie di dialogo fra due persone, apparentemente una relazione sentimentale fra una Morissette minorenne ed un produttore discografico. In seguito la cantante ha dichiarato in un’intervista a US Weekly che la canzone effettivamente parla di una relazione che ebbe con un uomo di 29 anni, quando lei ne aveva solo 14. La loro relazione durò per 5 anni. Si è speculato che la persona in questione possa essere la stessa a cui fu indirizzato il suo primo singolo di successo “You Oughta Know“. “Hands Clean” è il singolo di Alanis Morissette ad avere avuto maggior successo in Italia, raggiungendo la terza posizione della classifica dei dischi più venduti.

(Wikipedia, voce Hands Clean)

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Hands Clean is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, for her fifth studio album, Under Rug Swept, which she released in 2002. It was written, composed, and produced by Morissette herself, and released as the album’s lead single on 8 February 2002. It features a shuffling, largely acoustic-rock framework. Lyrically, “Hands Clean” caused controversy, since it is reportedly the singer’s recollection of a forbidden sexual relationship she shared with a much older man when she was approximately 14 years of age. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, some of whom immediately chose the track as an album standout compared to some of her previous material. “Hands Clean” did well through the charts. The song peaked at number 23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song also peaked at number three on the U.S. Adult Top 40 and topped the charts in New Zealand (Morissette’s first number one – and, to date, her last single to appear on the New Zealand charts) and Canada. An accompanying music video was released in 2002 for the single.
After releasing Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, the 1998 follow-up to her 1995 breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette joined MTV for an unplugged album, released in 1999. After that, Morissette stopped either writing or composing for a few months, before developing a new album, through 2000 and 2001. According to Jennifer Vineyeard of MTV News, the album’s topic is “love, sex, cruelty – with the added vantage of years spent growing up and getting over the man who vexed her so”. When Morissette wrote, composed, and produced Under Rug Swept, which she did all by herself, the singer claimed that she was inspired by many events in her life, such as the break up with her boyfriend, her contract’s renegotiation with Maverick, among other issues. I started writing alone, and within the first week I’d written seven songs. So it was all really fast and accelerated, and I think ‘Hands Clean‘ was maybe the 10th song that I wrote and I just wrote it with a guitar in a room. After writing 27 songs for the album, “Hands Clean” was picked to be the first single of the album, being released on 8 February 2002.
Hands Clean,” written, composed, and produced entirely by Alanis Morissette, features a shuffling, largely acoustic-rock framework and a “pure-pop” hook. It is written in the key of G major, with a moderate tempo of 96 beats per minute. The introduction follows the chord progression of C–D–G/B–C that repeats throughout the song except for the bridge that is Em-C-G-D two times. Morissette’s vocal range spans from the low-note of G4 to the high-note of G6. The narrative voice of the song alternates; the verses are written from the presumed viewpoint of the other person in a relationship, an older man talking to a younger lover (“If it weren’t for your maturity none of this would have happened/If you weren’t so wise beyond your years I would’ve been able to control myself” […] “I know you depend on me like a young thing would to a guardian/I know you sexualize me like a young thing would and I think I like it”), whereas the chorus and bridge represent her own feelings (“We’ll fast forward to a few years later/And no one knows except the both of us/And I have honored your request for silence/And you’ve washed your hands clean of this”). Lyrically, “Hands Clean” explores a past relationship and how its effects linger. Jon Pareles of Rolling Stone went farther, writing that the song is about “an apparently matter-of-fact reminiscence of underage sex with a music-business mentor, an affair ‘under rug swept'”. However, he commented that the song holds not a hint of Lolita guilt, forbidden passion, or resentment compared to her furious take on the same situation in “Right Through You” on Jagged Little Pill. Website Jam! Music dug deeper, writing that it “tells the story of her attempts to come to grips with an intergenerational affair that started when she was as young as 14,” a statement also made by other critics. In an interview for Q Magazine, Morissette confessed, “The grudge I hold is against myself for having been quiet for so long […] I’ve covered his ass for so many years. So now it’s almost like … I wanted to liberate myself from not beating myself up any longer. It’s almost irrespective of his involvement now; it’s more about me and my relationship with my own past.
In a track-by-track commentary on her album, Morissette further commented about the track: “My intention in writing this song was to get to a place where I could be as truthful and as honest as I possibly could be about certain relationships in my past. It’s definitely not with the intention of seeking any sort of revenge for the person who is at the heart of the song that I’m singing about, but it was in my silencing myself to protect somebody else that I was ultimately completely abandoning myself. And any time I speak untruths in my life, and often-times I feel by not speaking the truth, by being silent, there’s an element of an untruth in that. Withholding the truth sometimes can feel just as horrible as a lie to me. So as I get older, I think I want more and more to introduce the bliss of speaking transparently and truthfully and as honestly as I possibly can, knowing that the truth in this case is my truth only”.
While choosing the song as a highlight from Under Rug Swept, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic compared its lyrics to her earlier hit “You Oughta Know“, also noting that “this would all seem calculated, an attempt to regain her chart status, if Morissette wasn’t so unabashedly earnest, seemingly unembarrassed by her confessions”. Stephen Thompson from The A.V. Club praised the track for being “a breezy new single” and “infectious enough to surpass the direst moment of ‘Under Rug Swept‘”. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the song “could even be seen as a sequel to ‘You Oughta Know‘”, while Nikki Tranter of Popmatters compared the lyrical content on the song to her previous songs “Plastic” and “Jealous“, from her first album, Alanis. Larry Flick of Billboard Magazine noted that the track show[s] Morissette proudly wearing her affection for concise, pure-pop hooks”, while Mark Blake of Q called it “one of the album’s peaks”. Kitty Empire of NME wrote a mixed review to the track, although calling it “a tolerable enough tune, mind, for those who think their chocolate craving says something poignant about their inner selves”.
Hands Clean” was a commercial success in many territories, reaching the top-ten in over six countries, while also reaching the top-twenty in seven others. In the United States, the song debuted at number 65 on the week of 8 February 2002, moving to number 49 the following week. The song cracked the top-forty in its third week, climbing to number 39 and peaked five weeks later at number 23, due to an increase in radio play. In other Billboard component charts, the song managed to reach number 19 on the Mainstream Top 40 and number 3 on the Adult Top 40. In Canada, “Hands Clean” became her sixth number-one single. In the United Kingdom, the song managed to debut at number twelve, becoming her highest since “Thank U” (1998) as well as her last top-twenty single on the UK charts. In Australia, “Hands Clean” debuted and peaked at number 9, on 8 February 2002. It became her highest charting single there since “Ironic” in 1996, and her last to reach the top ten. In New Zealand, the song experienced more success, debuting at number 48, but peaking at number one ten weeks later. It became Morissette’s most successful single and first number-one hit, while also receiving gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). The song also experienced commercial success in some European countries, such as Italy, where it reached number 3, Norway, peaking at number 7, and Switzerland, reaching number 5.
Francis Lawrence directed the music video for “Hands Clean“. It was televised and broadcast for the single’s worldwide release. The video begins with Alanis sitting in a sushi bar when she spies a man (played by Chris Sarandon) as he enters. She takes a moment to reflect upon her time with him, which, from the look on her face, was not so good. We see Alanis’s memories played out on a television screen, and so the process begins, recorded for public viewing and re-viewing. We see her writing about the relationship, guitar in hand, creating a song which she then records and takes to a record producer (played by Ian Gomez), who presses it as a CD. She is soon posing for the CD sleeve photograph and shooting a video, which is played all over the world, just as the CD is being shipped across oceans, in order to be put on display at hip record stores, where it is snapped up by many eager hands, including a girl in a beanie (played by Masiela Lusha). At the video’s conclusion, set a year after its beginning, Morissette again sees her former boyfriend enter the same sushi bar. Through her song, and the process of it becoming a hit and then a memory, she has come to terms with her past relationship. On seeing the ex this second time, she is able to move on: before departing the restaurant, she picks up a napkin and wipes her hands clean. The video was generally praised for being short and simple. It has received 9.5 million views on YouTube by May 2017″.

(Wikipedia, voce Hands Clean)

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