"Ironic" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette and Glen Ballard....
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,l don't you think

[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

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

[Chorus]

Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
And life has a funny way of helping you out
Helping you out.


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"Ironic" as written by Alanis Nadine Morissette, Glen Ballard

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  • +3
    General CommentIronically, of course it isn't actually ironic, perhaps that's the point of the song, how ironic Alanis!
    cbennetton January 26, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti dunno y but i've always thaught this song centred around her 'meeting the man of my dreams, and then meeting his beautiful wife', and while thinking of how ironic that was she came accross other ironic things in the world. dont reckon its right or anything but thats just the way i like to think of it
    pabloredfoxon April 24, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLife is ironic/funny ... and you better laugh at the punchlines ...
    Gabson March 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I hate when that happens, everyone should have an emergency supply of knives.
    geirkbendon May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlol.. I havent heard this song in a while. Was just thinking.. this is my life story.. .. the world is against me.. haha. Oh well. I'll live.
    anna118kon May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthere's the real lyrics:

    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?

    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
    luckycharmon June 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdahm this songs the greatest i remember when it first came out i couldnt stop singin it......shit she the best
    tonieatsworld420on July 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti haven't heard it in a L O N G time... but it rox... so does alanis. !!! Life is Ironic... completely...!!!~
    lammydivaon September 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is how life is. Amazing lyrics.
    JaumeBCNon September 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"it's great to have people in the world that waste their lives preaching about stuff when no one really cares..."

    That's a bit harsh on Alanis.
    cbennetton April 23, 2004   Link

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