“When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead…
And the Red Queen’s off with her head”
Lyrics from White Rabbit, released during the Summer of Love – 1967, Written by Grace Slick. Recorded by Jefferson Airplane.
The imagery: inspired by childhood readings of Lewis Carroll.
The crescendo: inspired by the Bolero musical form as used in the Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis.
Slick reportedly wrote the song after an acid trip and listening repeatedly to Davis’ 196o jazz fusion album.
Illustration by Sir John Tenniel
“White Rabbit is about following your curiosity.”
— Grace Slick
For her and others in the 1960s, drugs were a part of mind expansion and social experimentation. With its enigmatic lyrics, “White Rabbit” became one of the first songs to sneak drug references past censors on the radio.
“Our parents read us stories like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland…
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