Single by Alanis Morissette
from the album Under Rug Swept
Released September 2002 (Canada)
Format Radio single
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:35
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Alanis Morissette
Producer Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette singles chronology

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"Surrendering" is a pop rock song written by Alanis Morissette, and produced by her for her sixth album, Under Rug Swept (2002).

The song was the last Morissette wrote for the album. According to her, it is "about the gratitude that I feel for someone tapping into the courage that it takes to allow themselves to be loved and to ... listen to [their fears] and still move through them. And how thrilling it is for me to be able to be let in in that kind of way. And how healing it is ultimately for both the person I'm singing about and myself." She has described it as "a very peaceful, joyful song".[1] The subject of "Surrendering" is a man Morissette was dating as of March 2002.[2]

Release and receptionEdit

Entertainment Weekly cited the line "I embrace you for your faith in the face of adversarial forces that I represent" as an example of "some of the clumsiest lyrics to be heard on a pop record in years ... [it] may be an appropriate assessment of a relationship, but it's not a chorus."[3] The Village Voice named it the best song on Under Rug Swept, saying it shows Morissette's "gift for the all-time pop melody".[4] NME wrote that "Surrendering" and "Hands Clean", another track on the album, were "overwrought folk-rock [that is] destined for a thousand organic juice bars."[5]

"Surrendering" was released to radio as the album's third single in Canada in September 2002 (see 2002 in music). By March 2003 it had reached the top ten on the playlists of radio stations such as Mix 96 and Énergie.[6][7] No music video was released.


  1. "Alanis Morissette talks about songs from 'Under Rug Swept'". MSO. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  2. "Alanis Morissette - Swept Up". Chart. March 2002, no. 134. Retrieved April 5, 2007.
  3. Browne, David. [,,212552~4~0~underrugswept,00.html "Review Under Rug Swept (2002)"]. Entertainment Weekly. February 25, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  4. Dellio, Phil. "Thesaurus in My Pocket". The Village Voice. March 13 – March 19, 2002. Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  5. Segal, Victoria. "Morissette, Alanis : Under Rug Swept". NME. Retrieved January 28, 2007.
  6. "Top 20 Anglophone". Énergie. March 16, 2003. Retrieved April 7, 2007 from the Wayback Machine.
  7. "Mix Hit List - Montreal's Top 20". March 28, 2003. Retrieved April 7, 2007 from the Wayback Machine.