White Rabbit Essay

725 Words3 Pages
Rebecca McKenney
History and Sociology of Rock Music
Mrs. Trimble
11 October 2016
Analysis of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”
Title: White Rabbit
Artist: Jefferson Airplane
Length: 2:31
Album and Track Number: Surrealistic Pillow (Track Number 10)
Label: RCA Victor
Release Date: February 1st, 1967
First Appearance on Billboard’s Hot 100: June 24th, 1967 (Number 50)
Height of Popularity: Number 8 on Billboard’s Hot Hundred (July 29th, 1967)
Other Appearances: Number 483 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

White Rabbit” is a psychedelic rock song performed by Jefferson Airplane and written by Grace Slick. In an interview with Wall Street Journal’s Narc Myers, Slick discusses writing “White Rabbit”.
Slick comments that, “I loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. One
…show more content…
There is no noise level while listening. My interpretation of “White Rabbit” is that the narrator discusses how drugs can be used in defiance to escape authority. As mentioned above, “White Rabbit” is influenced by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.
The first verse argues that the world is in color, but that people in authority sometimes tries to enforce that the world is either black or white. Since the general public out numbers those in authority, they can lead a protest that can change the ways of society and the law. When the protesters gain their victory, they can feel like their “ten feet tall.”
The second verse then process to discuss that not all protests are successful. In fact, some people protest even though they may not necessary know the whole story and/or know that the protest will fail. When questioned on why they are protesting, some may say that a leader had rallied them to a cause. It is known that not all protests are peaceful, and that protesters may be harmed by anti-protest methods. During that time, they need to remember Alice’s courage “when she was just
Get Access