White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane was a rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 1965. They are one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock and defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first Bay Area group to achieve commercial success internationally. Jefferson Airplane headlined three of America’s rock festivals of the 1960s, Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont, and also the first Isle of Wight festival in 1968. In 1972 the band effectively split into two groups, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1996 and won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

White Rabbit is from the Jefferson Airplane album Surrealistic Pillow. Written by Grace Slick it was released as a single in 1967 and became the band’s second top-ten hit peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is also ranked 478 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Lyrics by Grace Slick

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you, don’t do anything at all

Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call

And call Alice, when she was just small

When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom, and your mind is moving low

Go ask Alice, I think she’ll know

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen’s off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head

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