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Date: Sun, 01 Dec 1996 15:39:33 +0000
From: CYBERIA ealing 7
Subject: TAB: Ironic by Alanis Morissette

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 pla
ys the intro rhythm where required and the sections where the chords are
shown above the lyrics. Guitar 2 handles all the rhythm figures and ad
ds the boost in the song by accompanying Guitar 1 with some of the chord
s in the chorus sections. Ideally, Guitar 1 should be acoustic and Guit
ar 2 should have a switch between a soft neck postion sound and distorti
on.
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 cho
rds shown, but this time adding a lot of palm muting between chord chang
es (listen to the track). Later on in verse 3, on the part where "And i
sn't it ironic... etc..." is sung, Guitar 1 arpeggiates the chords inst
ead 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 tabb
ed out is accurate to the track on the album. There may be small errors here an
d there, so corrections are all welcome.