I’d like to recommend the song An Ironic Filk by my friend Nat. It is to the tune of Ironic by Alanis Morissette, hilariously highlighting how the only ironic thing about the song is how Alanis completely misunderstood the meaning of irony!

Irony’s about incongruity,
Not annoyances, mistakes or real tragedy …

Full lyrics here and now there’s even an mp3!

6 comments on “Irony

  1. That video also highlights how the video director apparently had no idea what either irony or the song was about. Irony is… imagining three hyperactive infantile versions of yourself singing with you in the car while you drive?!

  2. irony (n): a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning

  3. Aha, that is the form of irony called Socratic Irony. As used by Socrates! :)

    I learnt that in the last couple of days! :)

  4. See, my song is educational:

    It’s not that good advice that you just didn’t take
    It’s Socrates with his ignorance fake

    It’s sarcasm when just meant in jest
    Or feigning ignorance to put a theory to test
    It’s when your meaning’s expressed rhetorically
    It’s writing a song called Ironic, when the meaning’s just not irony

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