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Jefferson Airplane Follows their White Rabbit

December 3, 2009

Song Title: White Rabbit
Band: Jefferson Airplane

When logic and porportion
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,
“Keep your head”

I really like these lyrics because in my opinion, they represent Wonderland very well.

In a succicnt manner, it explains Wonderland as somewhere where the logic and porportion of the real world fall. Due to Wonderland being a place where anything is possible, logic and proportion is hard to keep in play. This is a pretty good explanation of Wonderland for being song lyrics. Although, I don’t understand the third line. Does someone care to explain or offer their opinion on it?

The fourth and fifth lines of the part of the song I chose to examine are interesting. I like how they relate to each other. The Duchess was so set on having someones head chopped off if they made her unhappy. I find it funny that they put the Dormouse’s quote saying, “Keep your head” after the Duchess’. The Dormouse could be saying keep your head for many reasons. In Wonderland, their is madness and craziness and it is very easy to lose yourself in the story. Alice kept her intelligence throughout it and did not become insane herself. These lyrics fit Wonderland nicely and I agree with all the song lyrics meanings above.

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One comment

  1. I’ve been waiting for someone to blog about White Rabbit, Amber! Thanks!

    I’ve always wondered if “off with her/his head” was more of a metaphoric, “come lose your mind with us” rather than a literal “off with her/his head.” I’m happy to see I’m not alone!



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