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Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz give ‘Ironic’ a few corrections


As many an English teacher has lamented, the irony of Canadian songstress Alanis Morissette’s classic hit Ironic is that she had a weak grasp of the concept of irony.

She has explained in the past she wasn’t “doggedly making sure that everything was technically ironic.” Or anything, really.

Now New York sisters Eliza and Rachael Hurwitz have ridden to the rescue, rewriting the lyrics and producing a music video that stiffens the tune with an essential dose of iron(y).

The revised title, It’s Finally Ironic, includes such lines as “An old man turned 98 / he won the lottery / and died the next day / from a paper cut from his lottery ticket.”

And: “It’s a death row pardon / that causes your demise / because you leave the jail and get hit by a bus.”

Get it? Okay, English class dismissed.

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