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alanis morissette
ironic
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                Ironic - Alanis Morissette

                  From the album, "Jagged Little Pill"

    

                  Words and music by Alanis Morissette           

       

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                [Laboriously typed up by Mardi Gras(TNT)]

Notes:  If there are spacing errors...  That's because I didn't type all         this up on a PC or Mac!  Requires a minimum of 2 guitars.  Guitar 1         plays the intro rhythm where required and the sections where the         chords are shown above the lyrics.  Guitar 2 handles all the rhythm         figures and adds the boost in the song by accompanying Guitar 1         with some of the chords in the chorus sections.  Ideally, Guitar 1         should be acoustic and Guitar 2 should have a switch between a soft         neck postion sound and distortion.

The chords in verse 1 are to be played really softly and smoothly,         almost sweep picking the strings.  In verse 3, Guitar 1 plays the         chords shown, but this time adding a lot of palm muting between         chord changes (listen to the track).  Later on in verse 3, on the         part where "And isn't it ironic...  etc..." is sung, Guitar 1         arpeggiates the chords instead of just strumming the chords (again,         listen to the track).

    

Tablature explanation:

                        2^4     Hammer on from 2 to 4 

                        4^2     Pull off from 4 to 2

                        2/4     Slide up from 2 to 4

                        4\2     Slide down from 4 to 2

                        2'(4)   Bend up a whole step from 2 to 4

                       

                        (4)`2   Release bend a whole step from 4 to 2

                        

                        2~~~    Vibrato on 2

                        

                        2^^^    Heavy vibrato/Tremelo vibrato on 2

                        +2      Tap on 2

                        2-      Release tap off 2

                        +2/4    Tap 2 and slide up to 4

                        +4\2    Tap 4 and slide down to 2

Suggested chords:   F#   244322

                    B    224442  

                    G#m  466444

Intro 1:

         This is played during the bit where Alanis sings "hi hi hi, la la          la, hi hi"

         E|  7   7   7    7  7 7   9  9  9  | 9 9 9   7  7  7    7  7 7

         B|  O   O   O    O  O O   O  O  O  | O O O   O  O  O    O  O O

         G|  8   8   8    8  8 8   9  9  9  | 9 9 9   9  9  9    9  9 9

         D|  9   9   9    9  9 9   9  9  9  | 9 9 9   9  9  9    9  9 9

         A|                                 |

         E|                                 |            

Intro 2:

         E|  7  6              |

         B|          7         |  

         G|                    |

         D|              9~~~  |   

         A|                    |

         E|                    | 

                            

               F#  B   F#            G#m

Verse 1:    An old man turned ninety-eight

                       F#   B      F#            G#m

            He won the lottery and died the next day

                   F#    B      F#          G#m

            It's a black fly in your chardonnay

                   F#        B          F#         G#m

            It's a death row pardon two minutes to late

                         F#       B           F#     G#m

            And isn't it ironic...  Don't you think?

                      F# B         F#      G#m

Chorus:   It's like rain   on your wedding day

                       F# B             F#      G#m

           It's a free ride when you've already paid

                         F# B            F#          G#m

It's the good advice that you just didn't take

               A              G#m               F#

           And who would have thought...  It figures?

Rhythm Fig 1:

               E|                          |

               B|  2^4    2   2   4        |

               G|           4        1~~~  |

               D|                          |

               A|                          |

               E|                          |

Rhythm Fig 2:

               E|                          |

               B|  2^4    2   2~~~~~~~~~~  |

               G|           4              |

               D|                          |

               A|                          |

               E|                          |

Rhythm Fig 3:

               E|  2^4    2   2~~~~~~~~~~  |

               B|           4              |

               G|                          |

               D|                          |

               A|                          |

               E|                          |

Rhythm Fig 4:

               E|       9      7           |

               B|  7/9    9\7    7~~~~~~~  |

               G|                          |

               D|                          |

               A|                          |

               E|                          |

                      

              F#      B         F#       G#m  

                         (Rhy Fig 1)   

Verse 2:  Mr. Play-It-Safe was afraid to fly

                        F#  B                   F#       G#m  (Rhy Fig 2)

He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye

                        F#         B            F#        G#m  (Rhy Fig 3)           He waited his whole damn life just to take that flight

                     F#    B                              F#         G#m

And as the plane crashed down he thought, "well isn't this nice?"

                        F#    B            F#     G#m                              (Rhy Fig 4)

And isn't it ironic... Don't you think?

Chorus:  (Repeat chorus as before)

Rhythm Fig 5:

               E|  2^4  2                  |

               B|           2^4~~~~~~~~~~  |

               G|                          |

               D|                          |

               A|                          |

               E|                          |

Rhythm Fig 6:

               E|       9      7~~~~~~~~~  |

               B|  7/9    9\7              |

               G|                          |

               D|                          |

               A|                          |

               E|                          |

                                              

        

Bridge: (Play the intro 1 rhythm throughout this part)

                                            

         Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you

                       

                                                                (Rhy Fig 5)          When you think everything is okay and everything's going right

                                 (Rhy Fig 6)

And life has a funny way of helping you out when you think

                                                                 

Everything's gone wrong and everything blows up in your face

         (Intro 2 rhy)

Rhythm Fig 7:

               E|                          |                          |

               B|        7                 |                          |

               G|  6         8~~~~~~~~~~~  |  6     8                 |

               D|                          |            9~~~~~~~~`~~  |

               A|                          |                          |

               E|                          |                          |

Verse 3:  (Play Rhy Fig 7 throughout)

         

            F#      B                F#      G#m

          A traffic jam when you are already late

               F#      B            F#        G#m

A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break

                    F#           B                   F#        G#m

It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife

          (No instruments on these last two lines)         

          

          It's like meeting the man of my dreams

And then meeting his beautiful wife

          (Bongo drums Fill-in)

                        F#    B             F#     G#m

          And isn't it ironic...  Don't you think?

                    F#    B                  F#        G#m

A little too ironic...  And yeah I really do think...

Chorus:  (Repeat chorus as before)

       

Coda:  (Play the intro 1 rhythm throughout this part)

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you

Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out...  Helping you out

(Cymbals and ending on guitars)

(I suggest you end on the intro 2 rhythm s-l-o-w-l-y)

That's about it for Ironic.  There is only so much that can be explained in words.  I suggest you just listen to the track.  The song itself is fairly easy and sounds great when played with a band.  I'm fairly sure that what I have tabbed out is accurate to the track on the album.  There may be small errors here and there, so corrections are all welcome.



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