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Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know - Lyrics Meaning



Though a retail single was never released, "You Oughta Know" became one of Alanis Morissette's biggest hits. The song climbed all the way to number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and won two Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1996. The public instantly became fascinated with attempting to discover who the song was written about. The mystery is referenced throughout pop culture, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and in the works of Jay and Silent Bob and "Weird Al" Yankovic. Speculation has included Bob Saget of Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos fame (who denied ever having a relationship with Morissette), New Jersey Devils hockey player Mike Peluso, Friends star Matt LeBlanc, and Leslie Howe, the producer of Morissette's first two albums. The most persistent rumor, however, is that the track was written about Morissette's relationship - quite possibly while the musician was underage - with Dave Coulier, who played Joey in Full House. Coulier has stated that he believes the song is indeed about him, as several lines (such as "an older version of me") hit very close to home. The two former lovers have since met and made peace.

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