Ironic Lyrics by Alanis Morissette


Alanis Morissette Lyrics

Ironic Lyrics
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An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn't it ironic... don't you think

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... it figures


Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
"Well isn't this nice..."
And isn't it ironic... don't you think

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... it figures

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you're already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic...don't you think
A little too ironic...and, yeah, I really do think...


It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... it figures

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

Ironic Info:

• The song, in instances, incorrectly uses the term 'ironic'. Most of the song utilizes 'situational irony'. According to Alanis 'When Glen and I were writing it, we definitely were not doggedly making sure that everything was technically ironic. It’s a testament to the fact that we didn’t think it was going to be put under the microscope by 30 million people.'

• The music video was directed by Stéphane Sednaoui and shows Alanis driving a black Lincoln Continental Mark V through a wintery highway. The video won 'Best Female Video', 'Best New Artist', and 'Best Editing' at 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.

• Alanis Morissette & Glen Ballard share writing credits on the song. Glen Ballard produced the track.

• The single was released in February of 1996, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and topped the Billboard Modern Rock Track charts (March 16th, 1996 - March 30th, 1996).




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