Since getting married and having a son over the past two years, Alanis Morissette has seen a change in her songwriting. The singer, whose new album "Havoc and Bright Lights" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 this month, used the single "Guardian" to tell two stories.
"In 'Guardian,' the chorus is about my son. This protectorship, this momma bear that emerged," she said during a visit to Walmart Soundcheck. "I was always channeling my maternal energy in inappropriate ways with certain ex-boyfriends, and so now I have this son and it's really appropriate for me to love him in this kind of way."
She went on, "And then I saw the difference between how I was loving him and how I wasn't taking care of myself," she said of son Ever, "So the verses are about me growing this inner mom, this inner parent frankly to take better care of myself."
Morissette said she reached a "critical juncture" where she was faced with a choice to focus on her career or dedicate herself to full-time motherhood. "I decided that I didn't want to have to pick."
Morissette performs songs from the new album, including "Guardian," as well as the classic "Jagged Little Pill" hit "You Learn," during the Soundcheck taping.
The singer begins her "Guardian Angel" tour on Sept. 24 in San Diego.