"Ironic" - Alanis Morissette

Searching for Literary Devices

One of the greatest (and fastest) ways we can get used to searching for literary devices is to look for them in our favorite music.  Taking a look at Alanis Morisette's "Ironic," she uses a great combination of the different types of irony.

Refresh yourself on the three different types of irony and determine which things in the song are really ironic and which things in the song just stink.  In other words, life sometimes has a funny way of sneaking up on you and "helping" you out.

Music Video

Song 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 good-bye

He waited his whole life to take that flight

And as the plane crashed down he though

“Well, isn’t this nice…”

And isn’t it ironic … don’t you think



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 …




Last modified: Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 7:46 PM