To be ironic or not …

10,000 Spoons…When all you need is a knife might not be ironic, but it is unfortunate. Add your own verse, stanza, or story of badly-timed annoyance to Alanis Morissette’s classic.


My version:

A broken elevator when you’re already late

An empty carafe on your coffee break

It’s like ten thousand ants when you are on a picnic

It’s getting the job of your dreams

And then learning that its all been a trick

And isn’t that just typical … don’t you agree

Really frigging annoying … can you not see

 from the original:

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

And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think

A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…


This feels like plagiarism to me, especially the way I did it – just substituting some different words but leaving it essentially the same.  I tried to make it mine but essentially this was the only way I could do it.  It just felt weird to me but I gave it a go.

1.  using words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literalmeaning; containing or exemplifying irony :

an ironic novel; an ironic remark.
2.  of, relating to, or tending to use irony or mockery; ironical3.  coincidental; unexpected:  It was ironic that I was seated next to my ex-husband at the dinner.
My experience of irony:

I remember my lecturer trying to get me to explain irony and I just could not get it.  He was most offended by this song and how it taught its listeners examples of what is NOT irony.  I think it offended his academic sense of what is right.  For me it was ironic that my support person and guide was the one that nearly made me quit because he was so damn negative about my work.

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