The wait created a lot of demand for new Alanis material. Morissette wrote this after taking a year and a half off. She toured constantly in and to support Jagged Little Pill. The song is Morissette's reaction to the conflicted feelings she had after achieving success. In her VH1 Storytellers appearance, she explained:
During a trip to India , in , Alanis wrote some songs, including "Thank U". In , Morissette contributed with the song " Uninvited " for the soundtrack of the film City of Angels. When I did stop and I was silent and I breathed I was just left with an immense amount of gratitude, and inspiration, and love, and bliss, and that's where the song came from, you know.
I'd like to take the time out to wish all of my American friends a happy Columbus Day today. I'm not sure exactly how one celebrates Columbus Day, but since many of you have the day off, I hope whatever it is you do on Columbus Day that you do it with pride. And if you happen to be living in Canada, I want to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving today!