ironic Alanis Morissette
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 ------------------------------------------- [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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