Ironic
Alanis Morissette Lyrics


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Yeah, ah, ah
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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
And 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
And 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
And who would've thought? It figures

And yeah, well, life has a funny way
Of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny, funny way




Of helping you out
Helping you out

Overall Meaning

Alanis Morissette's song "Ironic" is a commentary on the absurdities of life. It presents a list of events that are supposedly ironic in nature, but are, in fact, just unfortunate coincidences. The song starts off with the story of an old man who won the lottery and died the next day. This is followed by other examples such as a death row pardon that comes two minutes too late and a fly in a glass of expensive Chardonnay. Morissette questions whether these events are really ironic or simply a cruel twist of fate.


The chorus of the song features more examples of supposed irony, including rain on a wedding day, a free ride when you've already paid, and good advice that you didn't take. The second verse tells the story of a man who was afraid to fly but finally takes a flight, only to have the plane crash. The song ends with a series of seemingly ironic events, including a traffic jam when you're already late and meeting the man of your dreams, only to find out he is married.


Overall, "Ironic" is a satirical take on the idea of irony and how it is often misused. The song suggests that what we think of as irony is often just a coincidence or a twist of fate, and that life has a funny way of sneaking up on us.


Line by Line Meaning

An old man turned ninety-eight
It's ironic that a person lived a long life and then died right after winning the lottery.


He won the lottery and died the next day
A person was fortunate enough to win the lottery, but it didn't matter as they died right after.


It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a situation where you find something unpleasant mixed with something you expected to be pleasant.


It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
It's when a person gets a second chance too late, and there's no time left for it to make a difference.


And isn't it ironic, don't you think?
The song's theme is about irony, and the chorus poses the question to the listener whether they think it's ironic too.


Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
It's ironic that a person who plays it safe in life is afraid to take reasonable risks.


He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
After finally taking the risk to fly, his worst fear comes true just when he is leaving his life behind.


And as the plane crashed down, he thought "Well, isn't this nice"
As the plane crashes, Mr. Play It Safe experiences an ironic thought, questioning the cruel twist of fate he faces.


Well, life has a funny way Of sneaking up on you
Life is unpredictable, and it can throw unexpected surprises your way.


And life has a funny way Of helping you out When you think everything's gone wrong And everything blows up in your face
Life can be ironic in its timing, offering help when you expect it the least.


A traffic jam when you're already late
It's a situation when something bad happens to worsen a difficult situation.


A "no smoking" sign on your cigarette break
It's a situation where a person sees something unexpected despite being in a related or obvious scenario.


It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It's a situation where what you have is useless, while what you need is something else.


It's meeting the man of my dreams And then meeting his beautiful wife
It's a situation where destiny sets you up for a cruel joke or a disappointing end.


And yeah, well, life has a funny way Of sneaking up on you
The chorus repeats the idea that life can be a source of ironic twists and turns.


And life has a funny, funny way Of helping you out Helping you out
The chorus reminds the listener that life can help someone in ironic ways, even when it seems least likely.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
Written by: Glen Ballard, Alanis Nadine Morissette

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Comments from YouTube:

@kellyclark9686

The older I get, the more I appreciate her older music. Always listened to it but never truly appreciated it until now.

@Opt1mus_2540

You aged and life happened.

@falconjob

"it's the good advice you just didn't take" ☺

@donlavita3453

Timeless Classic

@BushMaster420circle

isnt it ironic?

@natf7942

@@Opt1mus_2540 what's crazy though is she made this album when she was 20

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@haydenwhitmore9160

This song is ICONIC, don't ya think?

@allenmvududu598

A little too ICONIC, yeah I really do think!

@acizo1000

Yeah I really do think ironic

@CurlyFromTheSwirly

but that's free advice that they won't take

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