"Drink Me" as written by and Anna Nalick....
Talk about the weather
Will you miss me ever?
Lately I'm obsessed
And I need the rest
I hope that you're impressed
But she's so pretty, I'm jealous
And she's lost like Alice
In a painted past
In a looking glass
I see me looking back

I'll take another Drink Me, baby
Slowly, I'll disappear
And wear my life like a barbed wire necklace
So let's play truth or dare

So you're a fan of Coltrane
I wanna be Kurt Cobain
When the truth gets scary
I'll take my gin and sherry
And some Drink Me they'll be
Plath and Joplin with verse writing suiciders
Kennedy and Monroe come to see my rock show
I'll be there in the front row

I'll take another Drink Me, baby
Slowly, I'll disappear
And wear my life like a barbed wire necklace
So let's play truth or dare

And I won't be around to play your games
There will come a day when you won't know my name
And I'll get smaller with
Every swallow you'll
Wake tomorrow and things won't be the same

Talk about the weather
Will you miss me ever?
Lately I'm obsessed
And I need the rest
I hope that you're impressed
Cuz I need the rest
And my head's a mess
I need the rest
I need the rest
I need the rest


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    General CommentAs AcidBurn said, it's based on Cathy from John Steinbeck's East of Eden, but it completely leaves out the significant evil of her character... It focuses more on when she grows old running her brothel and becomes afraid. Along with this, she becomes arthritic and loses the beauty she has had for her entire life. In the novel Cathy does wear poison about her neck, and actually recalls a time when she was a child and drank water pretending it was the "Eat Me" or "Drink Me" (not sure) from Alice and Wonderland, and that it would make her smaller and smaller and she had fantastic adventures. She always leaves a little bit of her Drink Me water left, because her safety net if she ever wanted was that drinking the entire bottle would make her disappear forever. Near the end of the novel when she drinks the poison that she keeps around her neck, this is what she is remembering and she is drinking all of the "Drink Me" to disappear forever.

    Given that there are not only other references to Alice in Wonderland, but it is based on a part of East of Eden that specifically has to do with Alice in Wonderland, I'm also quite sure that it is supposed to be "Alice" and not "Ellis".
    Essenmachtspasson March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSounds like a very dark song about suicide. She says it was inspired by a novel (can't remember the name now) where a girl carried a bottle of poison around her neck.

    Its a very beautifully haunting song.
    Senellaon July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBased on the character of Cathy from John Steinbeck's novel East of Eden, and obviously littered many other dark references. Dark but also a pretty intelligent and pop-culture-aware song.
    AcidBurn88on July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know anything about the book East of Eden or any relation that this song has to it so I'll just say what I think. She drinks her troubles away. Seeing if the guy she loves actually cares. Slow suicide. And now reading the other "thoughts" by people is making me want to read the book. =)
    MelancholyEuphoriaon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to take a wild shot in the dark here and assume that "Ellis" should be "Alice" given the title of the song and a few other references such as "painted past" and "looking glass". (And yes, I believe that the 'East of Eden' interpretation is a valid one as well.)

    Perhaps the transcriptionist simply mistook the name given Nalick's hint of an accent. What does everyone else think? I'm not sure how "Ellis" would really fit, but "Alice" -- most definitely.
    mindhuntresson October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, I just figured this out listening to the song, and I believe that it's also supposed to be "I'll get smaller / With every swallow" rather than "I'll get smarter". Upon first reading through the lyrics, that made no sense to me what-so-ever. I just read through them again and couldn't recall hearing that line, which is because I've even been hearing it as "smaller". I even listened to that line over and over again, and the conclusion I've come to is that it does even sound more like "smaller", although the middle of the word is kind of quite and hard to discern. When the song is about the "Drink me" bottle in Alice in Wonderland, I think it would follow that the singer gets smaller with each swallow, as that's what the "Drink me" potion in Alice in Wonderland does.
    Essenmachtspasson March 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'am in love with this song! It's very pretty.
    candy.cloudson September 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese aren't the right lyrics... for one thing it's "lost like ALICE", as in Alice in Wonderland.
    and for another, this person completely skipped the beginning.
    ilive4dmbon March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt definitly talks about Alice in Wonderland, but Cathy DID wear a bottle of pills she used to kill herself around her neck in East of Eden so that could have something to do with it...
    hillaria4on February 04, 2009   Link

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