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    There have been a lot of songs that have lyrics and titles that seem to be ironic, either in an incidental or deliberate way. I was thinking about this while looking at the Coincidences thread and almost posted this on there, although as it is to do with songs, I thought I would post it here instead. Here are some examples:

    1) The B side of Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" was literally called "The B Side" - it even made it as a track on her of her CD albums.

    2) Lithuania's 2006 entry for the Eurovision Song Contest was called "We Are The Winners" by LT United, a song which sounded like a football term chant, singing about winning the Eurovision Song Contest, which of course they didn't do that year (or for any year so far). "We are the winners of Eurovision..." etc.

    3) Rosemary Clooney singing "This Ole House" back in 1954, and singing "This Ole House is getting Shaky". And she was absolutely right - the song did get Shaky some 27 years later!

    4) Blondie (and Atomic Kitten)'s "The Tide is High" which tells us which chart position it will be in its lyrics - "I'm Going to be your Number One" etc - (it's a pity that the Tremeloe's hit (Call Me) Number One only got to number two however...)

    And of course, Madonna didn't have a hit called Lady Beatles, but it did happen the other way round.

    Are there any other ironic lyrics and titles in songs that come to mind apart from the ones that I have already mentioned here?
    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
    I'm having so much fun
    My lucky number's one
    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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    Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

    When Coolio was singing "I'm 23 mow, but will I live to be 24?" he was actually 32.

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    • #3
      Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

      "It's singing 'Ironic', but there are no ironies!"

      Last edited by Clare; 21-11-2018, 12:42.

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      • #4
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        David Bowie did an album called "Low", so Nick Lowe did an EP called "Bowi".

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          John denver could never of guessed he might die leaving on a jet plane whilst penning the hit song
          Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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            Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

            The Tweenies had a song called Number One, but it didn't get that high in the charts.
            The Trickster On The Roof

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            • #7
              Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

              Originally posted by Clare View Post
              David Bowie did an album called "Low", so Nick Lowe did an EP called "Bowi".
              Also, Fleetwood Mac released an album called Rumours, so The Rumour did one called Max!
              Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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                The song number 9 dream by John lennon reached .....you guessed it number 9
                Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                • #9
                  Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

                  I always thought Sir Paul McCartney reaching the age of 64 as being ironic as well - but he didn't lose his hair, did he?
                  I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                  There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                  I'm having so much fun
                  My lucky number's one
                  Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                    Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

                    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
                    I always thought Sir Paul McCartney reaching the age of 64 as being ironic as well - but he didn't lose his hair, did he?
                    No, but Heather Mills didn't need him any more!
                    The Trickster On The Roof

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                      Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

                      Originally posted by tex View Post
                      The song number 9 dream by John lennon reached .....you guessed it number 9
                      I used to think that a "Number 9 dream" was synonym for something a bit rude, such as a wet dream or something - I used to find the title funny as a result.
                      I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                      There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                      I'm having so much fun
                      My lucky number's one
                      Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

                        Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
                        No, but Heather Mills didn't need him any more!
                        But I always need Linda McCartney (as in the frozen food in the freezer which bears her name).
                        I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                        There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                        I'm having so much fun
                        My lucky number's one
                        Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Ironic lyrics and titles in songs

                          Quen's first single was called "Keep Yourself Alive", but Freddie, sadly, didn't.

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                          • #14
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                            Of course, "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette, who had several husbands!

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                              "Imagine no possessions," sang John Lennon, while in his huge mansion and surrounded by possessions!
                              Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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