Isn’t it ironic….

14 May


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

The first time I visited my dad (in America) after 9/11 I was anxious…as you can imagine. I was flying alone – which was nerve-wracking and exciting in its own right…but to have the extra security, all the reminders of potential risks from start to finish made it even more intense.

Once on board, headphones in; I took my mind off it with the random advertisements playing on the individual screen in the head-rest in front of me. It was comforting to hear familiar songs etc one of which was ‘ironic’ by Alanis Morissette (see video)

As the song progressed I noticed people around me singing along too, its hard not to really…but when the time came for the line ‘and when the plane crashed down…’ they muted it!!…leaving Alanis mouthing the words while the rest of the cabin sang it aloud…now THAT’S ironic…don’t you think? (see what I did there?)

A bunch of shit scared passengers singing a line that the airline decided to mute -obviously to prevent people from thinking about it…thus highlighting it even more! I mean…why even play that song on an aeroplane if you’re going to mute it??

This memory has stuck with me for years (even more than the rest of the trip) and more than ever lately as I’ve found myself surrounded by irony. Songs from our wedding day with poignant lines that I knew were there …lines that I liked…but didn’t realise the relevance -the irony- until hearing them again now. A misprint in something sentimental I’ve looked at every day for the last year…yet only noticed now. A broken item… found under the bed…the list goes on …some of them are actually laughable.

I’ve been trying not to focus on the negatives but these things…these little ironies have been swimming around my mind for weeks now…meaning I cant move forward until I’ve got them off my chest and written down….

SO its about time I got them out…which I feel calls for a whole new category (any excuse to post some of my favourite songs lol)

Isn’t it ironic?



Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Isn't it ironic?



17 responses to “Isn’t it ironic….

  1. beetleypete

    May 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I remember thinking that song was very clever, especially for such a young woman (as she was then). I really liked the line, ‘it’s the good advice, that you just didn’t take’. That was very relevant to me at that time, and as you say, still rings true years later when you hear it again.
    As ever, Pete. X

  2. John W. Howell

    May 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Cool idea, cool song

  3. Fat Bottom Girl

    May 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Love this song! My life is full of irony. 🙂

  4. behindthemaskofabuse

    May 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    love the song and hate irony…lol. I hope you’re okay. xo

  5. WyndyDee

    May 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Wyndy Dee and commented:
    Well, fly little butterfly! Weight lifted! 🙂

  6. Kira

    May 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Great song…I think I slept with Irony! Well, that makes me sound kind of whorish…but oh well! lol

    • Comfortably Numb

      May 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      ha ha nothing wrong with a little whore-ness in moderation 😉

      • Kira

        May 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

        specially with someone like Irony! heehee


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