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White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Album: Surrealistic PillowReleased: 1967Charted:
8
  • This was written by Grace Slick, who based the lyrics on Lewis Carroll's book Alice In Wonderland. Like many young musicians in San Francisco, Slick did a lot of drugs. She saw lots of drug references in Carroll's book, including the pills, the smoking caterpillar, the mushroom, and lots of other images that are generally trippy. She noticed that lots of children's' stories involve a substance of some kind that alters reality, and felt it was time to write a song about it.
  • Slick got the idea for this after taking LSD and spending hours listening to the Miles Davis album Sketches Of Spain. The Spanish beat she came up with was also influenced by Ravel's "Bolero."
  • Slick wrote and performed this when she was in a band called The Great Society. She brought it with her, along with "Somebody To Love," when she joined Jefferson Airplane in 1966.
    On an original recording by The Great Society, the song is barely recognizable due to Grace's higher voice before several throat operations to remove nodes that lowered her vocal range.
  • This is used in the stage production The Blue Man Group, and appears on their 2003 album The Complex. Music is a big part of the show, which features 3 blue guys engaging the audience with a combination of comedy, percussion, and sloppy stunts. They got a lot of attention when they were used in ads for Intel.
  • This was used as the theme song for a 1973 movie called Go Ask Alice.
  • The UK version of the album didn't have this on it.
  • This was one of the defining songs of the 1967 "Summer Of Love." As young Americans protested the Vietnam War and experimented with drugs, "White Rabbit" often played in the background.
  • Did the band ever get sick of this song? Grace Slick answered this question in a 1976 interview with Melody Maker when she replied: "I can play around with a song on stage without ruining it. We stopped doing 'White Rabbit' for a couple of years because we were getting bored with it. I like it again and we included it last year 'cause it was the year of the rabbit."
  • The Airplane was often found giving free concerts around the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. They shared a large house with several musicians during the psychedelic '60s, often applying for and receiving parade permits to walk the streets. Grace Slick was always a radical thinker, rejecting "Daddy's money." She once appeared on The Merv Griffin talk show made up in black face, causing a big controversy.
  • "Go Ask Alice" which is a lyric from this song, inspired an anonymous author to put out a book with that same title. The book was a "diary" of a young girl in the 1960s who had a drug addiction and died. The diary owner's name is never given, and the diary is suspected to be fictional even after it was promoted as true, and the anonymous author is suspected to be Beatrice Sparks, the book's editor. (thanks, BustaJuss - SoPo, NJ)
  • This capped off Jefferson Airplane's set at Woodstock in 1969. They took the stage at 8am on the third day, following a performance by The Who that started at 3am.
  • According to Grace Slick's autobiography, the album name came when bandmate Marty Balin played the finished studio tapes to Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, whose first reaction was "Sounds like a surrealistic pillow." Slick says that she loves the fact that the phrase Surrealistic Pillow "leaves the interpretation up to the beholder. Asleep or awake on the pillow? Dreaming? Making love? The adjective 'Surrealistic' leaves the picture wide open."
  • This song is heard multiple times in the movie The Game with Michael Douglas. It demonstrates the madness Douglas feels in the movie. (thanks, Nathan - Brugge, Belgium)
  • In the film Fear and Lothing in Las Vegas, there is a scene where Dr. Gonzo is in a bathtub and this song is playing on a tape player. In an effort to end his life, Gonzo implores Raoul Duke to put the tape player in the tub "When White Rabbit peaks." Instead of doing as instructed, Duke throws a grapefruit at Gonzo and unplugs the tape player. (thanks, Justin - Durango, CO)
  • Grace Slick said in Q magazine that she wrote this song, "on a funny-looking upright piano with about eight keys missing." The singer added: "I took acid and listened to Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain album for 24 hours straight until it burned into my brain."
  • Slick claimed to Q that the song was aimed not at the young but their parents. She said: "They'd read us all these stories where you'd take some kind of chemical and have a great adventure. Alice in Wonderland is blatant; she gets literally high, too big for the room, while the caterpillar sits on a psychedelic mushroom smoking opium. In the Wizard of Oz, they land in a field of opium poppies, wake up and see this Emerald City. Peter Pan? Sprinkle some white dust-cocaine-on your head and you can fly."
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Comments: 91

White Rabbit is written in the style of Alice In Wonderland, but it has to do with all that drug paraphernalia of the psychadelic era.Jake - Burke, Va
On June 3rd 1967, the Jefferson Airplane performed "White Rabbit" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'....
Fifteen days later on June 18th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #50; and on July 23rd it peaked at #8 (for 2 weeks) and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
The week "White Rabbit" entered the Top 100, their preceding release, "Somebody To Love", was at #7 on the chart, the week before it had peaked at #5...
The group had two other records make the Top 100 in 1967; "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" (peaked at #42) and "Watch Her Ride (reached #61).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
This song still sends chills thru me & I still love it. First hear it on radio when I was an undergrad at Univ. of Kansas. There were so many things going on that year like the Summer of Love, anti-war marches & demonstrations, the Vietnam War, the hippies, changes in rock music & the rock culture. The Airplane was in the thick of it all. Loved their "in your face" attitude back then. Loved Grace Slick. And I could never get over the fact that on some radio stations some songs with drug references couldn't get played, yet "White Rabbit" was known by all the rockers to have blatant drug references. That haunting guitar intro & that Spanish accentuation hypnotized many of us "baby boomers" of the Sixties to get up & come inside their secret, mysterious incense-filled "head shop "Rocky - Fort Smith, Ar
On the television show, "Once Upon a Time" (a show about characters from children's stories and fairy tales being cursed by being sent & trapped in a small Maine town in modern time), the character of the Mad Hatter's modern name is Jefferson. It took me a while to get it. (other great pun names were Cinderella = Ashley, Rumpelstiltskin = Mr. Gold, Little Red Riding Hood = Ruby)Karen - Manchester, Nh
White Rabbit was also featured on the TV series Warehouse 13 titled 'Duped' which was about the 'magical' looking glass artifact.Michael - Bloomington, Il
edit fix:
this song was recently used in Fringe. Series 04 episode 15 ( s04e15 - Walter in the lab / Walters lab).
http://www.tvrage.com/Fringe/episodes/1065147346
Bmn - Hisuan, Argentina
this song was recently used in Fringe. Series 04 episode 15 (s05e15).
http://www.tvrage.com/Fringe/episodes/1065147346
Bmn - Hisuan, Argentina
one of my favorite songs that is built entirely around an unusual chord progression. "White Rabbit" is a great example of a song that features an "all Major" chord progression (F# <--> G --> A --> C --> D --> A, from the Intro until the Bridge... then E <--> A --> F# <--> G --> .... and repeats the first progression until the end).

I think it's very interesting, and maybe a little ironic, how "dark" and "ominous" sounding this song is, despite the fact that it's constructed entirely with Major chords.

Not an "unheard-of" cp, but quite unusual by most standards... 2 other examples of the "all Major" cp: "I Am the Walrus" (Beatles), "Everything in it's Right Place" (Radiohead)
Ryan - River Vale, Nj
This is the background music for the menu screens in the video game Battlefield Vietnam. (EA)Bob - Schenectady, Ny
I like the Blue Man Group version betterCarli - Pheonix, Az
This is one of those unique, epic, all time great songs. I could not care less if it was about drugs or not. In fact, to me, the lyrics are completely secondary to the power of the song. The song is unique because of it brevity, and the fact that it builds in intensity and speed all the way to a blowing crescendo. Fabulous! If this piece can't get your blood going, than no music can.Shawn - Green Bay, Wi
First off let's clarify a bit here.

Lewis Carroll was a pen name for the Reverad Charles Lutwig Dodgeson who was a mathmatics professor at Oxford. The dean at the time was Dean Liddel (it sounds like fiddle) and Dean Liddel had three daughters one of which was Alice. Alice was six at the time when he was much older. He and a friend took the girls on a boat ride one sunny day and they asked him to tell him a story and so he came up with Alice's Adventures Underground which was he original title of the first book. When he went to publish it he added two chapters and the original illistrations were done by himself. The first copy went to Alice Liddel and it was red with a rabbit on the cover. She had the book until she sold it in an auction after the end of the 19th century. Charles didn't not have a sexual attraction to any of the children. He hated boys and thought of girls in a purity sense. He never molested them. He took pictures (with their parents permission) of some of the children naked but if you look into it it was a trend for artists at the time to draw off of children's nude photographs. He later gave the photos back to the children or burned them as to keep them from embaressment. Charles never did drugs. Check your sources and facts people!
Kathryn - Reynoldsburg, Oh
Fly Jefferson Airplane gets you there on time. I am amazed at all you young people respecting the Grace. by the way the Original book was published as "Through the Looking Glass" the second book "What She Found" I know I own one of the original 50 recalled printings. Lewis Carrol smoked Opium which I have tried many many years ago. Instead of writing trip out books I slept in the bath tub. By the way the white stuff on hash is not Opium but mold. Opium is jet black hard, very sweet and you should never touch it. I met Grace at the Okeefe Centre in Toronto, believe what you like, Opium not LSD opens the door. I get flash backs looking at the cover, and still have a crush on Grace, which my Wife has learned to accept.Dennis - Toronto, On
The book is widely rumored to be about Art Linkletter's daughter, and is a true story.Sage - Waterville, Oh
Yes...'White Rabbit', great song.....especially as used in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". How about putting some HOT TUNA on this board? May as well put all of 'Burgers' on for a start.Mike - Matawan, Nj
Dude checkn out the music video, it's soooooo trippy!!!Dirk - Waukegan, Il
I find it interesting that when all songs with any type of drug referance were banned from the radio this one STILL got air play. Perhaps it was something in the kool aid.......................Billy - West Unity, Oh
Grace Slick has the best rock voice, one of my favorite songs of all-time.Theresa - Murfreesboro, Tn
i really belive that the 60s generation is reapearing in todays teens i am 17 years old and very influenced by song just like these but this being my favorite i love to trip and just listen to music with friends for some reason i really think i was alive in the 60s lolSean - Piscataway, Nj
This song is also used in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) when Dr. Gonzo ODs in the bathtub and Hunter pretends to throw the tape player in the tub. It stars Johnny Depp as Hunter S Thompson and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo, cast includes: Christina Ricci, Toby Maquire, Cameron Diaz and Gary BuseyLinc - Beaumont, Tx
Definitely one of the most psychedelic songs ever.
A very little known song that is even more that way is the Pink Floyd song "Cirrus Minor."
Check it out.
Oldpink - New Castle, In
The hookah-smoking caterpillar of "Alice in Wonderland" is obviously a reference to the opium use common in Victorian England, but the Mad Hatter has nothing to do with drugs. At the time "Alice" was written, hatters used mercury to help process cloth. Prolonged exposure to mercury causes brain damage, which people believed was madness. The Mad Hatter character is an exaggeration of this insanity, and the whole Mad Tea Party is a parody of Victorian manners. The Mad Hatter is not tripping on drugs; he is maddened by mercury. Here, and elsewhere in the Alice books, Lewis Carroll (a mathematician and logician) uses a bizarre backwards-twisting logic to make the ridiculous seem real and the real seem ridiculous. He is not writing about drugs; he is having fun with illogic.
To Spencer in Los Angeles: There is no evidence the Lewis Carroll was a child molester. He may have had some pedophilic tendencies, but maybe not. He was a photographer when it was a rather new art form, and took nude artistic pictures of young girls. From what I have read, this was always done with parents in the room and was not sexual in any way. It seems odd to our jaded eyes that a man taking such pictures could be doing it for purely artistic reasons, but it did not raise any alarms in Carroll's time. We cannot know what thoughts were in Carroll's mind as he took these pictures, but since people willing allowed their daughters to be photographed, Carroll's contemporaries must have trusted him.
Jay - Brooklyn, Ny
This song is also used in "platoon" a great movie and a great songBlake - Tahlequah, Ok
i like this song... it's very creative to write down psychedelic songs. i wrote my first psychedelic song and it came out awesome and at the same time very strange. i read the book "go ask alice" and when your reading the book it feels like your living in the 60's.. it's very bizzare. white rabbit is really bizzare and once you hear it, it changes your aspect about the descent life a person is living. i took lsd and marijuana. and it changed my life. but i don't take them anymore. but still have some good old flash backs.. jefferson airplane supported the hippie culture and made them get turned on by their songs. most of the songs of jefferson airplane are just zoned out when you here them. it's like your living in the 60's all over again. by the way im 16 years old.Eddy - Miami, Fl
oh, I also have something else to say.
None of you can REALLY determine what a book is about. Only an author can say what their book is REALLY about. Lewis Carrol may have written Alice's Adventures In Wonderland about drugs, or maybe he didn't. It's not exactly up to us to define it. You can say what it means to you, but you have know idea what it might have meant to him.
Naioka - Sptsyltuckey, Va
This is a good song. The booko it was based on was amazing and amazingly trippy (who needs drugs when you can just read something by Lewis Carrol?) And the book that was titled after it was also excellent.Naioka - Sptsyltuckey, Va
This is a wonderfully written song. Grace's voice is very well displayed and I've caught myself attempting to imitate her more then once. AWESOME SONGAllison - A Little Ol' Town In, Mi
My #1 song of all time, with only Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet and Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower coming close.Norlyn - Geneva, Il
The song is a soundtrack in Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's movie "Easy Rider". The film itself is a kind of trip. So this song fits quite well.Paulus_2 - Het Gooi, Netherlands
Grace Slick rocks. this song was in the movie the game( a remake of dial M for murder), where Michael Douglas comes home to find that some one gave his mansion a pycadelic makeover. One little thing the mad hatter was mad becuase of the chemicals used to strip rabbit hides. sadley Grace wasn't w/ Jefferson starship when We built this city was released.Blair - Winipeg, Mb
Grace Slick has become a very proficient artist. Check her art here: http://www.frontrowgallery.com/slick/slick_art.htmlWayne - Crockett, Tx
The song was influenced by the book and NOT the other way around. Yes, Lewis was on opium, but not everything has to be about drugs. The song is awesome but I got really sick of hearing it all last summer.Lance - Malibu, Ca
Grace Slick said many times that this was written in response to some who criticized rock and roll and interpreted songs as being about drugs, even if they weren't. Her basic idea was that if you want to see drug imagery, you can find in anywhere, even in children's stories.Darren - Winnipeg, Mb
I heard this song on a commercial for the game "Lost Odyssey" and it buged me cause I was "I know that song" and I finally figured it out when I told my parents. I remembered they played it all throught my childhood and it was ingrained into my subconcious LOLStephanie - Edmonton, Ab
I've always thought that this song was written under the influence of drugs. Not that's it's a bad song. It's a kick-ass song.Myra - Chicago, Il
As an official resident of the day and age of feeding one's head--The term "drug" went into applications way beyond the taking of substances. It was as easily applied to a person's relationship to society, other people, and our response to world-wide constraints to conform in order to receive the pleasures, prestiege, and general perks given to those who are willing to simply "go along" with the program. "Heady drugs" these are and few resist addiction. Can anyone tell me if it is true that a Gap store now stands on the corner of Haight-Ashbury. Can we all feed our head on a new pair of jeans?Renee - Pueblo, Co
The end of this song was sung by Nixon in an episode of Futurama. This song was also used in the Lost Odyssey commercial, which is a video game.Andrew - Orlando, Fl
Don`t know any fact about song, but it`s great!!! It`s very funy, but really!100% hippy:)So maybe Alice really was on acid, who knows?! At least she and Grace Slick had fun! It`s all about drugs...Vanja - Novi Sad, Serbia
It still astounds me that a band that could shine so brightly in a song like this could flare out in ignomy with something like "We Built This City."Musicmama - New York, Ny
True, Alice in Wonderland wasn't about drugs. But its author, Lewis Carroll, smoked opium, and one could argue that much of the imagery is based on what he saw. I think that in "Alice", Lewis showed us that a fable is really a product of an altered state of mind--a hallucination, if you will, or what the poet Arthur Rimbaud meant by "the derangement of the senses." That is the reason why, Michelle of San Diego, Disney could never do a movie that's truly based on the book!




I think this song has a similar theme to the one I've mentioned. The point is not whether Grace Slick or the other band members were doing LSD, pot, or any drugs at all. What matters is that they--and whether or not we--are willing to "feed our heads" and take the risk of seeing what we couldn't have seen before. I love the lyrics, Grace's singing and the chord progressions (even though I'm not a musician) on this track.
Musicmama - New York, Ny
The only thing i have to say is its a really good song and there are way to many points on it got influenced or if alice and wonderland was drug influenced or not really who cares they are both cool as hell to trip on and leave it at thatTj - Chicago, Il
I read Go Ask Alice in HS. One of those books that should have educated not influenced me. Good book. Great song.Mel!ssa - Pittsburgh, Pa
The story of Alice in Wonderland itself is not about drugs. The scenario Alice finds herself in was all a dream. She didn't consume any drugs before. She had just gotten drowsy from listening to her older sister reading to her.

Contrarywise (using a Lewis Carroll word here), the song can be seen to refer to drugs. Some drugs can produce the hallucination that you're falling, even though you're steady, or in a position where you cannot fall (sitting or lying down). Some drugs (legal and illegal) will mess up your equilibrium, making you feel like you're swaying one way or the other, or else like I said earlier, make you feel like you're falling. In the story, Alice falls down a deep hole that seems to go on forever when trying to catch the white rabbit.
Patrick - Bremen, Ga
Was used in the episode of "The Simpsons" when Homer learns more about his mother's past, and meets two hippies she hung out with, who run a veggie drink company. Homer decides to join them, and makes a batch of the product using veggies from their "special garden." The song plays as the people of Springfield consume the doped up batch, and begin hallucinating.Patrick - Bremen, Ga
A "White Rabbit" remix was used for Resident Evil's latest movie "Extinction"

Alice = Mila
Julia - Southern Cali, Ca
Honey, the name Jefferson Airplane was taken from the imaginary blues musician (I don't remember the name of the guy who made him up) "Blind Thomas Jefferson Airplane". Get your facts straight.Lucy - Nowhereland, Tn
Diarm10: wikipedia is not a reliable source, and you may want to verify your facts, because if you argue it is not about drugs in any way, then how do you explain the caterpillars use of a hookah, and being atop of mushrooms, and also the Mad Hatter.Kate - Seattle, Wa
Alice in wonderland isent influence by drugs as it was originally told told by a preacher to school girls on a boat trip in the mid 1800's to keep them occupied, honestly wikipedia it !Diarm10 - Carlow, Ireland
As a matter of fact, Alice was the nickname of a guy who used to hang around at Ken Kesey's acid tests and who was utterly famous for his top quality acid.Waribana - Brussels, Belgium
psychodelic...and fun...best jefferson airplane song...by far in my opinion....who knew it inspired a book?Madalyn - Greensburg, Pa
Attn Ashley re Alice and her strange experiences: Go back and read the Lewis Carroll books again. In both stories, Alice is asleep and dreaming.

Rumor has it that "Feed your head" was a quote or paraphrase from a remark by Ted Kennedy, but I have no source on that. It may be nonsense, an attempt to insert meaning where none exists.
Ekristheh - Halath, United States
I played this a great deal during my stint on community radio in the 80s and 90s. Sometimes I would spin it and croon into the microphone, "And now, our National Anthem."Ekristheh - Halath, United States
If you argue that Alice In Wonderland isn't actually influenced by drugs (not the author, the story itself), you must at least accept that some strange things are going on with Alice. Now, Alice cannot be in the strange world she visits (which does seem rather trippy) without the help of some sort of substances unless she's insane, because no sober human vision can compare to the insanity of Alice's trip. Having said this, White Rabbit is an excellent summary.Ashley - Moncton, Canada
I read that Grace Slick was trained as an opera singer, and when I listen to the song, it seems quite probable that this is indeed the case. Last I heard, she was doing quite well and looks approximately half her age.Mark - Lancaster, Oh
To the person that claims "just a lil fact so u all shud know...the Disney movie "Alice in Wonderland" is not fully based on Lewis Carrol's book titled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland but actually a mix of three books including: lewis carrols book, Charles Dodgson's Through The Looking Glass, and Timothy Leary's, Your Brain Is God. Scenes, ideas, and philosophies from the three books are intermixed throughout the film, making it quite a mind trip. PRETTY SWEEET HUH!?!
"

OK, so first, Charles Dodgson IS Lewis Carroll. Second, I'm highly doubting that the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland is based in any way on Timothy Leary's book, since Timothy Leary hadn't even written the book yet.

Also, the book Go Ask Alice is known to be a fake, written by Beatrice Sparks. Sparks wrote numerous morality tales claiming they were true.
Laura - Byston, Ak
Used on the 1998 movie "The Game" starring Micheal Douglas.
- Matt, Monroe, LA
>>The game was made in 1997
Joe - Bethlahem, Pa
My friend's dad was Grace Slick's psychologistJon - London, England
Lets not forget that White Rabbit was the closing song in the movie "The Game"Russell - Pittsburgh, Pa
On an occasion, Grace Slick drunkenly referred to a wealthy audience as "filthy jewels" (a comment misheard by some as "filthy Jews").Josie - Funkytown, Nc
just a lil fact so u all shud know...the Disney movie "Alice in Wonderland" is not fully based on Lewis Carrol's book titled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland but actually a mix of three books including: lewis carrols book, Charles Dodgson's Through The Looking Glass, and Timothy Leary's, Your Brain Is God. Scenes, ideas, and philosophies from the three books are intermixed throughout the film, making it quite a mind trip. PRETTY SWEEET HUH!?!Michelle - San Diego , Ca
One of the best scenes in the movie "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" is when Duke finds his attorney sitting in the bathtub, after consuming a copious amount of acid, trying to electrocute himself. He then asks Duke to toss the tape recorder in the tub with him at the very moment "White Rabbit" hits the cresendo, to which Thompson replies, "What are friends for?" Funny!Homzd - O-town, Nv
It is the morning of sunday august 17th 1969. The place, Bethel, NY. The event, WOODSTOCK music and art fair. I am 17 and I am THERE staring at Grace Slick singing ''White Rabbit''... It feels like it was yesterday...
-Christian, Montreal.
Christian - Montreal, Canada
Really psychedelic strange song, but excellent.Chris - Sunnyvale, Ca
Even if Carroll never did drugs (and I'm not saying he didn't, as I'm still not sure what I believe), he was a pedophile/child molester.Spencer - Los Angeles, Ca
Ok anyone who has ever tripped acid understands what this song is about, you know alice in wonderland, the looking glass, blah blah, and whatever idiot said that the last verse said "Keep your head" knows not about what they talk about. When your on LSD (which grace slick did on a regular basis) your feeding your head. Go trip acid and listen to this song, i understand why Dr. Gonzo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas liked that last part so much, it has definate inpact when you are in fact chasing white rabbits through a looking glass.....so remember "feed your head"Eulalia - Sarepta, La
thats actually a common misconception...as much as it sounds like alice in wonderland references drugs, lewis carroll never really did any drugs...in fact, the books were much deeper than that. i don't feel like typing the long-winded description, but feel free to check out alice-in-wonderland.net to find the likes of suchMatt - Uniontown , Pa
Loved reading all the facts about this great song!Liz - Lynwood, Ca
In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; A Savage Journey into the Heart of the American Dream

Dr-Gonzo referes to the vocal climax at the end, as "where the rabbits bites its own head off" which is pretty cool, one of my friends drew the scene of the rabbit eating its own head, (starts with the ears and continues through) its damn freaky

"jefferson Airplane" is not another name for clip for holding a roach,


Also Jefferson Airplane did a gig with the rollingstones, everything was free, so as bouncers they got the Hells Angels, who they payed of with Speed and grog, ultimately 3 people got killied, 1 with a leaded pole cue (on stage), whilst the stones were playing only a few metres from Mick Jagger,
Dave - Ballarat, Australia
Used on the 1998 movie "The Game" starring Micheal Douglas.Matt - Monroe, La
White Rabbit was geniality used in "THE SOPRANOS" (episode 7, season 1) when Tony Soprano was having fun with his son who was diagnosed with borderline ADD. Tony refused to believe on the diagnosis (he was right) which would probably was the right thing, otherwise his son would be prescribed some pill to make him a "better boy".Escher - Seattle, Wa
Jefferson Airplane performed this tune durin their morning set at Woodstock on August 17, 1969. Although it did not make it into the movie, you can see it in the dvd WOODSTOCK DIARY. Grace looks out of it due to exteme exhaustion.Barry - New York, Nc
Back in the 90's when Grace and company were doing the retro tour stuff, they appeared at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia one summer evening -- it was the tail end of the Reagan era and anything that seemed to promote drugs was anathema. So, to the amazement and consternation of many in the crowd, Grace ended White Rabbit with "Read a book". It still makes me sick....it all seemed so corporate.Bob - Portland, Me
I am pretty sure that the line at the end of the song is not "Feed your head", but is actually "Keep your head" which would make align with the Alice In Wonderland story, with the Queen of Hearts running around Wonderland yelling "Off with his head!" I could be wrong - but that's the way I always heard it.Jackie - Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca
I meant to say, what a great song. The bass line at the beginning is pretty cool, and Grace Sslick is one of the best rock vocalists.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
What a great song. The line at the begenning is pretty cool, and Grace slick is on of the best rock vocalistsbass.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
I can't belive this hasn't been mentioned before:

"White Rabbit" was used in the movie "Platoon", a movie about Vietnam written by the vietnam vet Oliver Stone. It's playing from a stereo in the scene where Chris takes drugs the first time.
Erik - Stockholm, Sweden
When you read the booklet that comes with "Surrealistic pillow", you can read that this song is based on the story "Alice in Wonderland".Bart - Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands
This song was used on the Mtv Show "The Osbournes" When it was found out Kelly was taking pills to get high.Marie - Oakland , Ca
This song appeared in a recent episode of "The Simpsons" in which Homer begins smuggling cheap drugs out of Canada.
Great song, BTW. Grace Slick is one of the all-time greatest female rock vocalists.
Will - Schoharie, Ny
This song was NOT written about the book "Go Ask Alice". The book was written in 1967 and the song was originally written around 1965. Grace brought it with her from The Great Society when she joined up with Jefferson Airplane in 1966. The song "White Rabbit" pre-dates the book "Go Ask Alice".Kris - Sf, Ca
The Movie Go Ask Alice was based on a book published under the same name. It's about a girl's experience in the drug culture during the 60s. The opening pages have some of the lyrics from this song on it. The book was the diary of the girl, and was pulbished anonamously by her family.Annabeth - Kutztown, Pa
This song, without lyrics, is used as the background theme for the options screen in EA's PC game, Battlefield Vietnam.Brian - Victoria, Canada
i agree with everyone who says that this is a song about drugs. this is a true psychadelic song if i ever heard one.Jake - Burke, Va
In the book, the doormouse never said feed your head. That was Grace's imagination.James - Ragin' Rochester, Ny
"fead your head" is a calling for the youngs to use drugs as a rebellion in the adults.Ifat - Shoam, Israel
It was also recently used in the commercial for a video game called Red Faction 2.Jesse - Maxwell, Ca
Used in the acid scene in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" where Dr.Gonzo Overdoses on Lsd.Travis - Blicksburg, Va
This song was written about the book "Go Ask Alice" about a teenager that gets in w/ the wrong crowd and becomes addicted and dies in the end...your local library should have itLeslie - Catawba, Va
The music was also influenced by the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" and the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood." And, also persumably by the Rolling Stones' "Mother's Little Helper", but I'm unsure about this influence.Brandon - Seattle, Wa
Used in credits of movie "The Game" and in an episode of "The Sopranos" when Tony Soprano begins abusing prozac.Camila - Perth, Australia
A 'jefferson airplane' is another name for the clip used to hold a marijuana cigaretteBruce - Stone Mountain, Ga