Day 19 – Freedom From Information

4 Oct

More CanCon – I arrived at my local last night and the hit song Ironic (1996) by Alanis Morissette was playing on the radio. No surprise here – I think Jagged Little Pill sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Is it just me or is the only irony that none of what she sings about is ironic – except maybe the “no-smoking sign on your cigarette break”?

Eric Partridge, in Usage and Abusage, writes that “Irony consists in stating the contrary of what is meant.” And here is an example I found on Wikipedia “Sullivan, whose real interest was, ironically, serious music, which he composed with varying degrees of success, achieved fame for his comic opera scores rather than for his more earnest efforts.”

With this in mind, you can decide for yourself if the song is actually about irony. Here are all the the relevant parts.:

  • 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
  • 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…”
  • 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

Personally, I think the song should be called “Unlucky”, do you not agree? Natasha, I’m turning to you for guidance here. Or should I stick to writing about sidewalks? Note: I’m preparing an epic post about sidewalks.

One Response to “Day 19 – Freedom From Information”

  1. Lottabot October 4, 2011 at 17:19 #

    I don’t think the European Union enforces CanCon. But if you ran into some kind of Eurocrat over that you could always ask to make sure….

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