Ironic
Lyrics Alanis Morissette

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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

Song facts

"Ironic" is a song written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard and produced by Ballard for Morissette's third album Jagged Little Pill (1995). It was released as the album's fourth single in 1996. It received a Grammy nomination in 1997 for Record of the Year.

"Ironic" became Morissette's second number-one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., where it stayed for three weeks. The song was also more popular than previous singles on more adult-oriented radio stations and charts. The song also became Morissette's highest-charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number four. It is one of only two songs by Morissette to crack the top-ten on that chart, the other being "You Learn", backed with a live version of "You Oughta Know", which reached number six. Both songs were also from Jagged Little Pill. In other countries, "Ironic" did not meet as much commercial success, however it was a moderate Top 20 hit in the UK, where it peaked just outside the top-ten, at #11. It is still considered to be one of Morissette's biggest hits, and also received great critical acclaim at the time of its release. The song is still popular today, mainly based around the debates surrounding the lyrics of the song, and whether the examples mentioned in the song actually qualify as being ironic. The pop-punk band Four Year Strong covered the song in their 90's cover album "Explains It All."

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