Alice! a childish story take,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined
In Memory’s mystic band,
Like pilgrim’s wither’d wreath of flowers
Pluck’d in a far-off land.
– an excerpt from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”
“White Rabbit” is a 1960’s psychedelic pop classic originally done by Jefferson Airplane. Commonly known as, “Go Ask Alice,” the song’s lyrics drew heavily from Lewis Carroll’s stories of “Alice in Wonderland.”
Grace Slick wrote and sang these lyrics to illustrate her view that much of children’s literature, encourages us to seek out altered states of consciousness. Yet as adults we are discouraged from such a pursuit, especially if it includes the aid of mind altering hallucinogenic substances.
The Harry Fox Agency licenses the song and granted Ruin permission to cover it for their 1986 lp release, Fiat Lux.
Ruin recorded two versions of “White Rabbit.” My favorite version is included on the cd, Songs of Reverie and Ruin.
I prefer the cd version since it’s not as produced for a slick sound as the version on the (now out of print) Fiat Lux lp.
Still some prefer the Fiat Lux lp version, or second version as heard in this youtube clip.
Ruin took the liberty of toying with the original words as well as with the music to give the song their own twist. Sure to please both old and new fans, these charged up rockin’ out renditions are quite distinctive from the original.
— Vosco Thom Adams
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