Alanis Morissette scored a huge hit with her song “Ironic” back in the 1990s. Of course, Morissette also gained some critics who said that there was nothing actually ironic about the singer’s lyrics.
The definition of irony: “The use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.”
So when Alanis sings “It’s like rain on your wedding day” that really isn’t ironic. It’s tragic. It’s said. But it’s not ironic.
Thankfully, sisters Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz have reworked the classic Alanis song with a few better examples of irony.
Here are some of the new lyrics from “It’s Finally Ironic.”
- “An old man turned 98, he won the lottery, and died the next day… from a severe paper cut from his lottery ticket.”
- “It’s like rain on your wedding day… a day and place you chose because it’s known not to rain.”
What do you think of the new Alanis lyrics? Here’s the video for “It’s Finally Ironic.”
Of course, Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz aren’t the first ones to notice that Morissette doesn’t quite understand irony. Comedian Ed Byrne believes that the song should have been called “Unfortunate.”