Things that Alanis Morissette Finds "Ironic"

Complete the missing lyrics to the song "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette.
Note: Don't use these as examples of irony in your English class!
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Lyric
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
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
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
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Level 74
Apr 23, 2016
Thanks for the note! I once saw comedian Ed Byrne having everyone in stitches by tearing this song apart... Ironic? What's f---ing ironic about rain on your wedding day? That's just f---ing inconvenient! and so on and so on.
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Level 73
Apr 25, 2016
Or is it ironic that song is actually called ironic and is not in fact...ironic? You know what IS ironic? Something made of iron...
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Level 64
May 6, 2016
Wouldn't that be ferrous rather than ironic?
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Level 46
May 4, 2016
While comedians have been making gold off of this for a while... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb0YoRMXIY0#t=10m3s

Just thought I'd throw this out there. You'll need to watch for a few minutes to get the full point, but that's the world we live in. The whole video is great though.

tl;dw: The song's lyrics are about irony, just not situational irony, which is everyone's favorite kind.

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Level 74
May 4, 2016
Hooray for Vsauce!
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Level 57
Mar 4, 2021
No, I've studied the three types and there are only a couple times when the singer meets the other two, but not in the way she intended. However, most of the song is unfortunate events that are closer to situational than the other ironies, but not actually ironic.
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Level 59
May 9, 2016
Well the fifth and eighth lines seem ironic. But that's it.
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Level 48
Jul 21, 2018
I doubt she really cares, she made like a billion dollars on the album.
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Level 24
Jan 9, 2019
Yes, the song is called "Ironic" yet none of the lyrics describe irony. Which is the ironic part. In a song called Ironic, you would expect irony in the song
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Level 72
Apr 28, 2016
Nice quiz. Love the song!
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Level 75
Apr 29, 2016
Ed Byrne eventually signed off this routine by summing up, the only thing that's ironic about the song 'Ironic' is that it's sung by a woman who doesn't know the meaning of the word!
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Level 80
May 4, 2016
I don't think that word means what she thinks it means.
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Level 73
May 4, 2016
Exactly!
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Level 49
May 4, 2016
And she spoofed it with James Corden a month or so ago!
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Level 30
May 5, 2016
Inconceivable
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Level 67
May 4, 2016
One of the modern classics! Slight error in one clue - it's *a* death row pardon. Also, on the 10 year anniversary acoustic version, she sings that she meets the man of her dreams 'And then meeting his beautiful husband'. Should accept 'beautiful husband' as an answer on that last one.
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Level ∞
May 4, 2016
Fixed the mistake
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Level ∞
May 5, 2016
and p.s., we will allow variations with husband now
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Level 47
Jan 9, 2019
I got it using "Husband", I put it as a laugh as I remember the lyrics inside the CD cover....glad someone else remembered that!
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Level 57
Mar 27, 2020
That seems dumb ... not for any social reasons, but because it doesn't rhyme with "knife". While Alanis is at it, she might as well change the line where the guy says "Well isn't this nice" to something from Brodie Bruce's airplane story in Mallrats.
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Level 67
May 4, 2016
If I had ten thousand spoons, I'd invite 10000 Maniacs over for soup.
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Level 76
May 4, 2016
It's comments like these that are just crying out for a "like" option
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Level 83
Jul 8, 2018
And now we do.
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Level 21
May 4, 2016
I'm pretty sure this was my idea on my "music things" quiz but I didn't know how to format a fill-in-the-blanks quiz in the quizmaker so I failed...
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Level ∞
May 5, 2016
To do fill in the blanks put the {missing} {words} in brackets!
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Level 67
May 6, 2016
Huh, I've been hearing these lyrics as:

It's a black fly in your blue Chardonnay

It's a free ride when you're already there

It's the good advice that you just can't take

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Level 46
May 7, 2016
cn you make lottery also lotto
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Level 63
May 8, 2016
But that's not the lyrics?
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Level 83
Jul 8, 2018
It's ironic Alanis Morissette's lyrics are parodied when she's more unintelligible than Bob Dylan. I'm not sure I've understood anything she's ever sung.
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Level 84
Oct 1, 2019
Maybe if she was less angry, she'd be easier to understand.
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2019
I had Cabernet stuck in my head...
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Level 76
Jan 8, 2019
Garibaldi biscuit would have been quite ironic
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Level 55
Jan 8, 2019
What an awful song. Not one thing is ironic. Just all bummers.
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Level 75
Jan 11, 2019
The no smoking sign is quite ironic
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Level 56
Dec 18, 2020
Not really.
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Level 57
Mar 4, 2021
No, the cigarette break would have to ironically be the reason that you couldn't smoke. The smoking sign is fully intended to stop smoking. The better, more ironic alternative to this is: "You're working on a hard, long day

Your boss decides to let you take a little break

His reasoning is that he wants a quality job and he'll need attention to pay

Excited, you walk right across the concrete that you'd just paved". That has nothing to do with the cigarette, a rather challenging example, and it's way to long. However, it's a pretty basic example of real situational irony.

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Level 47
Jan 9, 2019
The guy whose plane went down, she insinuates the flight was being taken to conquer his fear of flying. If that's the case, then that ONE example is ironic...the rest? Nope.
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Level 57
Mar 4, 2021
That example does have situational irony, but not exactly in the way you described. The better one is he waited his whole life to fly because he was scared the plane would crash, and that actually resulted in him being on a crashing plane. There is also a minor example of verbal irony when he says "Well isn't this great".
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Level 63
Aug 19, 2019
ahh what a beautiful song!!! great quiz, i love it