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Isn’t It Ironic

I have absolutely no idea where we were driving to but Ironic by Alanis Morisette came onto the radio. For years I had just listened to this song and let it be but that day was to be different. I got angry with Alanis. Not because she’s a ghost faced emo with a huge chin, but because a large portion of the song is ironically, not ironic.

Let’s take a look at the lyrics and discuss whether they’re ironic or not:

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day (coincidence)
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay (annoying)
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late (the punctuality of courts need to be reassessed to avoid more innocent men losing their lives)
Isn’t it ironic … don’t you think (NO!)

It’s like rain on your wedding day(incorrect report of your local meteorologist, coupled with the fact nature can never be fully predicted and the reports should be taken as a guide, not a 100% indication of the predicted weather)
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid (buy one get one free)
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take (you’re too stupid to take your friend’s advice because you’re a moron)
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 (serves him right for flying from Spain)

It’s a traffic jam when you’re already late (increased popularity on the larger roads through a city are common during the hours before and after usual working hours)
It’s a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break (no smoking inside the workplace is a law in England)
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife(shit.. that is ironic)
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife (because hot men like hot women, science is a bitch)
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think
A little too ironic… and yeah I really do think…

Alanis, if you ever read this hit me up via the contact link and I will pass on the teachings from my English high school teacher.

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