Read Alanis Morissette’s New Song Before Listening To It

Posted May 8

Fans of Alanis Morissette (read: anyone who has ever been dumped ever and been really angry about it) are likely looking forward to the August release of her first album in four years, Havoc And Bright Lights, with barely contained gusto and angst. Well, frothing fans, take heart — you can appease your eagerness today with a brief glimpse into the disc: Morissette is exclusively premiering the lyrics to the first single, “Guardian,” on

Glimmers of the album are beginning to surface on the web — Perez Hilton is featuring the song “Magical Child” today as well — but releasing the words ahead of the music is a pretty interesting move. If you’re anything like me, you’re really into knowing the exact lyrics to every song you listen to (you’re likely nothing like me, but I’ll continue anyway) — sadly, it usually takes a while for lyrics sites to catch up.

Now, users can check out the words to Morissette’s new tune — as well as discuss lyrics and share them on social networks — before the song’s May 15th iTunes debut.

This is far from the first time an artist has teased fans with words before giving them the fully fleshed-out song — Metric recently rolled out their new single, “Youth Without Youth,” via an interactive campaign requiring fans to piece together lyrics. Granted, Morissette’s teaser is a much more stripped-down effort, but still plays on the principle of delayed gratification that so many album roll-outs seem to embrace.

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