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Song: Hands Clean alanis

Artist: Alanis Morissette

Album: Under Rug Swept

Release date: January 8, 2002

Why this song was chosen: I felt like this song was important because it shows a more subtle form of abuse. Alanis Morissette reportedly wrote this song about an affair she had with a man when she was 14. I thought the lyrics were very important because she illustrated some of the things that get said to a child by an older person who is looking to take advantage of them. The entire first verse is written as she recalls some things he’d said to her, and the entire thing makes it her fault. I think that’s important to note because often times, this is how victims blaming occurs.

What the artist has to say about the song: In 2007, she said the intention of writing “Hands Clean” 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 … oftentimes I feel by not speaking the truth, by being silent, there’s an element of an untruth in that … [it] sometimes can feel just as horrible as a lie to me.” (Source: Wikipedia)

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