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play An old man   ninety-eight
play He   the   and died the next day
play It's a black   in your Chardonnay
play It's a     pardon two minutes too late
play Isn't it ironic, don't you think?

play It's like rain on your   day
play It's a free   when you've already paid
play It's the good   that you just didn't take
play And who would've thought it, it  

play Mr. Play-It-Safe was   to fly
play He packed his  
play and   his kids good-bye
play He waited his whole   life
play to take that  
play And as the plane   down
play he thought "Well isn't this   "
play And isn't it ironic, don't you think?

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

play Well life has a funny way of   up on you
play When you think everything's okay
play and everything's going right
play And life has a funny way of   you out when
play You think everything's   wrong
play and everything   up in your  

play A traffic   when you're already  
play A "No Smoking"   on your cigarette  
play It's like ten thousand  
play when all you need is a  
play It's   the   of my dreams,
play and then meeting his beautiful  
play And isn't it ironic, don't you think?
play A little too ironic,
play and yeah I really do think

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

play Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
play Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
play Helping 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