Would Not Come

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Would Not Come is an alternative rock song by Alanis Morissette and Glenn Ballard, released as track 12 on the album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie on 1998-11-03. The introspective song is a list of behaviors Morissette uses to prevent perceived failures of character, and how none of them actually make her happy in the end.

A live version called Would Not Come (Reverb Live) is on the That I Would Be Good EP.

The song has a wonderful insidious pulsing sound to it which I love, and I relate to a lot of the coping mechanisms Alanis lists because I have resorted to many of them myself. In particular, I feel necessary to be cultured, independent, have an answer to every question, attractive, liked by all, and unable to be injured. Of course, it's not healthy to be that way to the extreme, and letting a little vulnerability through tends to make people relate to me better.

Lyrics

If I make a lot of tinsel then people will want to
If I am hardened no fear of further abandonment
If I am famous then maybe I'll feel good in this skin
If I am cultured my words will somehow garner respect

I would throw a party still it would not come
I would bike, run, swim and still it would not come
I'd go traveling and still it would not come
I would starve myself and still it would not come

If I'm masculine I will be taken more seriously
If I take a break it would make me irresponsible
If I'm elusive I will surely be sought after often
If I need assistance then I must be incapable

I'd be filthy rich and still it would not come
I would seduce them and still it would not come
I would drink vodka and still it would not come
I'd have an orgasm still it wouldn't come

If I accumulate knowledge I'll be impenetrable
If I am aloof no one will know when they strike a nerve
If I keep my mouth shut the boat will not have to be rocked
If I am vulnerable I will be trampled upon

I would go shopping and still it would not come
I'd leave the country and still it would not come
I would scream and rebel still it would not come
I would stuff my face and still it would not come

I'd be productive and still it would not come
I'd be celebrated still it would not come
I'd be the hero and still it would not come
I'd renunciate and still it would not come

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