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“Hands Clean” is a pop-rock song performed by Alanis Morissette, featured on her 2002 album Under Rug Swept. It released as the album’s first single on February 4, 2002.

The narrative voice of the song alternates between verses, forming a kind of dialogue between two people, which apparently chronicles a love affair that an underage Morissette had with a record executive. She reportedly said in an interview to US Weekly that the song is about an affair she had with a man who was 29 years old when she was 14. Their relationship lasted for five years.

According to another interview, given to Rex Rutkoski and published in the music magazine The Inside Connection, Alanis explained that: “I did it for the sake of my being liberated at long last. Whether you call it statutory rape or inappropriate behavior by an adult—it doesn’t matter. I felt at the time I had only two choices—I pick either working with this person or not doing music at all. Hopefully some 16-year-old can think of me for even 10 milliseconds and realize they’re not alone or crazy.”

Some people have speculated that the relationship referenced is the same one that served as the basis for her earlier hit, “You Oughta Know”.

An acoustic version of “Hands Clean” was released as a b-side to “Precious Illusions”, the album’s second single, and included on the Under Rug Swept rarities collection Feast on Scraps.

“Hands Clean” did well with U.S.


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  • Britch2

    I dare to say it's her best song ever [2]

    14 Dec 9:46pm Reply
  • Sarinijha

    22 Nov 5:10pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    I loved cubix

    10 Aug 9:03pm Reply
  • riverliffey

    I never skip this one!

    9 Jul 2:02pm Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    I dare to say its her best song ever

    1 Jul 1:08pm Reply
  • Raydiohead

    I hate mainstream radio for not continuing to play Alanis. She is a dominant force in alt/pop rock.

    23 May 4:48pm Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    15 Apr 6:27am Reply
  • dchtm

    Me too. I think this is my favorite Alanis track

    24 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • igottrouble

    I'm always caught by these lyrics...

    16 Feb 2:38am Reply
  • yerbyderby

    Great Song. Nice Voice. Rihanna and Lady Gaga are nobodies, woho can´t compare with Alanis.

    12 Feb 2:36pm Reply
  • SinsofMidnight

    "Oo, this could be messy, but you don't seem to mind...Now fast-forward to a few years later: no one knows except the both of us. I have honored your request for silence and you have washed your hands clean of us..." I relate so much to this song that it hurts my heart.

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • xtekinhax

    Aquele tipo de música que torna tudo mais bonito. Mas, caralho, é muito perigosa.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • vDodenstein

    Elaborate song.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vesituli

    I'm not quite sure why, but I sort of consider this as one of the most "important" songs in my life. Maybe part of the reason is that it was the Alanis song that made me a fan. I think I had heard "Thank U" before this, but this was the one that I really took notice of and became a fan. I have three versions and I love them all.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Vallyre

    She is an awesome artist....

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Rock_n_Robin

    Temptation can bite you.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86

    (◕ ‿ ◕)

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • JerryZola25

    nice one - good album,

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
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