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It’s a magical moment when a song captures the soul of a well-loved book. Over the years I’ve enjoyed discovering both songs that were inspired by books and those that could very well have been. So I’ve decided to take a look and compile a little A-Z of famous (and maybe not so well-known) songs that have found life through books.

Since this is going to be in alphabetical order, our first entry must begin with:

Lewis Carroll’s delightful tale of surreal escapism has always been a firm favourite of mine. And I am so glad that the next song so perfectly sums up the wonder and fear of a world where not everything is as it seems. Here is Jefferson Airplane‘s ‘White Rabbit‘ followed by the a cover by Collide that is far darker, more techno version that far from detracting from the original, adds a certain edge and brings the song bang up to date.

And the cover: ‘White Rabbit’ by Collide…

So, which one is your favourite. I can’t decide, but with lyrics like that you can’t really go wrong no matter what you do to the song!

 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.

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. Feed your head”