While the groop do their groop vocals I thought I’d share our thoughts on Alanis Morrissette’s Ironic.
I know, topical reference point. We know that comedians have been and done this before us. But we heard this song last night in the Bay Horse, the only pub in West Hamilton without a pentagram on the wall.
We decided to give “Ironic” proper analysis, taking each situation presented to us by Alanis on it’s own merits and marking them out of 5, 1 being not ironic, 5 being… Ironic (we then quickly abandoned the scoring system realising that things are either ironic or not, and slightly ironic doesn’t really exist).
I was hoping that through this analysis we would discover more ironic situations in Ironic than are popularly believed to exist within the song.
Here are our findings:
An old man dies after lottery win
Not ironic – sad
It’s a black fly in your chardonnay
Not ironic – racist
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
Not ironic – travesty
It’s like rain on your wedding day
Not ironic – unlucky
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
Not ironic – philosophical
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Not ironic – belligerent
Mr play it safe was afraid to fly etc. (dies on first flight)
Not ironic – self fulfilling prophecy
A traffic jam when you’re already late
Not ironic – late
A no smoking sign on your cigarette break
Not ironic – idiot
It’s like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife
Not ironic – just not ironic
It’s like meeting the man of my dreams and meeting his beautiful wife
Not ironic – Slag!