Alice wakes
It is morning
She is yawning
As she walks about the room
Her hair falls down her breast
She is naked and it is June

Standing at the window
I wonder if she knows that I can see

Watching Alice rise year after year
Up in her palace, she's captive there

Alice's body
Is golden brown
Her hair hangs down
As she stoops to conquer me
First she pulls her stocking on
And then the church bell chimes
Alice climbes into her uniform
The zippers on the side
Watching Alice dressing in her room
It's so depressing, it's cruel

Watching Alice dressing in her room
It's so depressing, it's true



Lyrics submitted by Dressed2Depress, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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    General CommentI laugh when people think that it's actually him in the narrators position. I laugh a lot.
    OwenMeanyon August 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentErr, I'm not sure where these lyrics are from, but in my version of the song "her hair hangs down" is clearly followed by "as she brushes it one hundred times."

    Coincidentally, that's the line that made me think Alice was supposed to be a princess of some sort (or at least the voiyeur sees her as such). I read somewhere that princesses are supposed to brush their hair a hundred times each day.
    AlgernonMabuson March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'. His Alice character was widely believed to be based on Alice Liddell, a young girl who Carroll was friends with and who he is believed to have had a romantic or sexual attraction to. The song seems to be from Carroll's point of view, watching his beloved Alice but knowing that the fact she is a child will keep them apart, hence "Watching Alice dressing in her room, It's so depressing, it's cruel".

    For more great music inspired by Lewis Carroll's relationship with Alice Liddell, try Tom Waits' brilliant album 'Alice'.
    madmanmunton May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentUh, I don't it's about Alice Liddell.

    ''Her hair falls down her breast''

    Alice had short hair, and didn't have any breasts (she was a child at the time Lewis Carroll was supposedly in love with her).

    She was also pale white, so her body wasn't golden brown.
    lemgruberon October 21, 2012   Link
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    General Commentalways was wondering about this song. till today I am not quite sure who alice was. i don't know why, I thought maybe a nun. any ideas?
    shadowplayon September 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI gotta say, Nick Cave is a creep - plain and simple. A weird stalking, voyeuristic creepazoid - ahh but i love it!

    I like madmanmunt's assertion that this could be Alice Liddell, which i never thought of. I also agree that Tom Wait's album Alice is brilliant - because it is.

    I was about to type that however, i didn't know why Alice Liddell would be a nurse - and then i realized that i added that part myself - for years - in my head. The uniform could be a school girl uniform, and i simply had just pictured her as being a nurse for some reason, weird.

    So yeah, i don't see why it couldn't be - seems like an interesting take on it. A bit more creepy now - i was always attracted to Alice (maybe cause i thought she was a nurse) and now that she could be a child that's gone for me. Thanks a lot pal!
    StickityWicketon July 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI gotta say, Nick Cave is a creep - plain and simple. A weird stalking, voyeuristic creepazoid - ahh but i love it!

    I like madmanmunt's assertion that this could be Alice Liddell, which i never thought of. I also agree that Tom Wait's album Alice is brilliant - because it is.

    I was about to type that however, i didn't know why Alice Liddell would be a nurse - and then i realized that i added that part myself - for years - in my head. The uniform could be a school girl uniform, and i simply had just pictured her as being a nurse for some reason, weird.

    So yeah, i don't see why it couldn't be - seems like an interesting take on it. A bit more creepy now - i was always attracted to Alice (maybe cause i thought she was a nurse) and now that she could be a child that's gone for me. Thanks a lot pal!
    StickityWicketon July 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentabout a man who has watched this woam for years, its more than stalking, she'a apart of his life, without her knowing it
    an infatuation
    whats zippers on the side though? i always thought she was a stripper or something, but thats just my crazy mind haha

    "its so depressing its true...."
    cintaon November 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile I do appreciate the theories about this being about Lewis Carol and Alice Liddell, I think perhaps Nick is just using their names to draw on the ideas of a forbidden kind of love.

    The song itself is ambiguous as to who the stalker or Alice is, though the fact that they are separated suggests some kind of forbidden love. The last lines of the song imply that the stalker knows he cannot have this woman, hence why watching her dress is so depressing.

    This song really captures desire for the unattainable, and by putting us in the perspective of the stalker, we not only sympathise, but can relate to him, since everyone has craved something that they can't have at one time or another.
    JJKelsallon January 24, 2014   Link

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