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Ironic

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So, I was listening to random songs on my iTunes account earlier today, and the song “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette came on…Now, looking at it from my perspective, none of the stuff that she really mentions in the song is in fact ironic…matter-of-factly, most of the stuff is just down right unfortunate…

“Ironic”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jne9t8sHpUc

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
Isn’t it ironic … don’t you think
Chorus

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 good-bye
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
Repeat Chorus

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

It’s a traffic jam when you’re already late
It’s 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…
Repeat Chorus

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

Prime example, the raining on your wedding day, if it rains on your wedding day it is just unfortunate that it happened to rain. It’s a meteorological phenomenon…it’s not some conspiracy from up above. Whether it be the guy who is afraid to fly crashing or the no-smoking sign, nothing in this song is truly “ironic”…so, I would have to say that Alanis has a flawed conception of a song…yet, at the same time, I can understand artistic integrity and know that ironic and unfortunate would sound very different in the song…I just think that it’s quite ironic that the song “Ironic” really isn’t all that the name sets it up to be…which leaves us trying hard to swallow the Jagged Little Pill that Alanis to feed us.

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