Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit (1967) – Song Review

A fun counter-culture song!

A fun counter-culture song!

The 60s man… I imagine that had to be a pretty wicked time, I mean with Vietnam, all of the protests, and the counter-culture that had begun to form around this movement… I mean I have seen some movies and TV episodes from the time, and just their basic fashions was like… What the hell are you on?

Ironically, this is something that I sort of want to discuss here in this blog… You see, Jefferson Airplane, along with other greats like, ‘Iron Butterfly’ are great examples of the counter-culture psychedelic rock ‘n roll era that created some of the best music of that decade, and one of the songs that I would like to talk about is one of Jefferson Airplane’s more famous songs… ‘White Rabbit’ from the, ‘B’ side of their 1967 classic album, ‘Surrealistic Pillow’.

An amazing band that did some trippy stuff!

An amazing band that did some trippy stuff!

Written by singer, ‘Grace Slick’, and released in 1967 by RCA Victor’s Music Center. This song was basically a back handed slap at the time to parent’s who read their children such stories as, ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and then wonder why their children turn to drugs (ironically though, some of the more famous children’ characters to come out of the 60s and 70s were references to drugs, such characters as, ‘Puff: The Magic Dragon’…)

Anyway you can definitely hear it in the lyrics and instrumentals about how the group connects drug use to, Alice In Wonderland… And the truth is, if you are a pot head… This song may be a little prolific… But what I liked about it, was not it’s references to drug abuse… I liked the song itself!

Obviously the lyrics and the instrumentals were pretty brilliantly done… The truth though about what I like about this song is the story… I mean as mentioned above, the song being about how Alice in Wonderland could help lead children to drug abuse (I am not convinced it is actually true,) but it is a fun song to listen to that is brilliantly put together in to song!

The only thing that I am going to say that might change your mind about this particular song is the fact that if you are not a fan of this type of music… Than this song may not be the type of song for you… But if you do love this type of music, then check it out, you will enjoy it!