American Idiot

August 2, 2007

Nothing beats a song with some killer lyrics, and I am not mentioning the song of the title of this post. Great lyrics make a great song. There is a Dennis Leary song called “Asshole” that topped the Triple J Hottest 100 in 1993. I quite like the song and while it isn’t noted for lyrical brilliance there is one line I think is funny, a bit dodgy though.

“Sometimes I park in the handicapped spaces
While handicapped people
Make handicapped faces”

Anyway back to the point. There is a song by Alanis Morissette called Ironic. Now growing up I always liked this song. It had some cool words are was an alright pop song. Maybe you don’t know the song, I remember it was used as an illustration couple of years ago at Winter Camp. Only recently, after reading an article, I discovered that naming the song “Ironic” is stupid and that Ms Morissette should learn what irony is. Yes, there is a difference between unfortunate occurrences/bad luck and irony. Some lyrical examples include…

“It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay”- No it’s not
“It’s like rain on your wedding day “- Crashed and burned… again.
“It’s a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break”- Three strikes and you’re out.

And isn’t it ironic … don’t you think?”- Noooo!

I’ll leave you with some words of Ed Byrne, a British comedian who added his views to the song.

“There’s nothing ironic about being stuck in a traffic jam when you’re late for something. Unless you’re a town planner. If you were a town planner and you were on your way to a seminar of town planners at which you were giving a talk on how you solved the problem of traffic congestion in your area, couldn’t get to it because you were stuck in a traffic jam, that’d be well ironic. Rain on your wedding day is ironic only if marrying a weatherman and he set the date.”

:: By huw bizzle 2 Comments


  1. i remember that ‘asshole’ song
    it made me laugh, but then i felt a bit slack for laughing at handicaps

    Comment by mizzle — August 2, 2007 #

  2. My year 11 english teacher always said the song would make more sense if it was called “ironical”, because that’s a word people use that doesn’t really mean anything. But then, “ironical” would be a bit harder to fit in than “ironic”.

    Comment by Sylv — August 3, 2007 #

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