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playAn old man turned ninety-eight
playHe won the lottery and died the next day
playIt's a black fly in your Chardonnay
playIt's a death row pardon two minutes too late
playIsn't it ironic, don't you think?

playIt's like rain on your wedding day
playIt's a free ride when you've already paid
playIt's the good advice that you just didn't take
playAnd who would've thought it, it figures

playMr. play-it-safe was afraid to fly
playHe packed his suitcase
playand kissed his kids good-bye
playHe waited his whole damn life
playto take that flight
playAnd as the plane crashed down
playhe thought "Well isn't this nice"
playAnd isn't it ironic, don't you think?

playIt's like rain on your wedding day
playIt's a free ride when you've already paid
playIt's the good advice that you just didn't take
playAnd who would've thought it, it figures

playWell life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
playWhen you think everything's okay
playand everything's going right
playAnd life has a funny way of helping you out when
playYou think everything's gone wrong
playand everything blows up in your face

playA traffic jam when you're already late
playA "No Smoking" sign on your cigarette break
playIt's like ten thousand spoons
playwhen all you need is a knife
playIt's meeting the man of my dreams,
playand then meeting his beautiful wife
playAnd isn't it ironic, don't you think?
playA little too ironic,
playand yeah I really do think

playIt's like rain on your wedding day
playIt's a free ride when you've already paid
playIt's the good advice that you just didn't take
playAnd who would've thought it, it figures

playLife has a funny way of sneaking up on you
playLife has a funny, funny way of helping you out
playHelping you out

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The fact that none of the lyrics consist of irony in a song called ironic is ironic!

Since the release of her hit “Ironic,” she’s had to hear that none of the situations in her song are actually ironic.

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It figures

Used to say that you are not surprised by something unpleasant that has happened:


Play It Safe

To be careful and not take risks

  1. To play safe, I'd allow an extra ten minutes, just in case.

sneak up (on someone)

to approach someone quietly and surprise that person


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