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"Alice" is a song written and performed by Franco-Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne for Almost Alice, the soundtrack to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. An extended version was released as a hidden track on Lavigne's fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby.

The song is a mid-tempo ballad sung from the perspective of the film's lead character, Alice. Lavigne wrote the song after asking Disney executives and film director Tim Burton if she could write a song for the film. The song was produced by Butch Walker and mixed by Lavigne's former husband Deryck Whibley.

Lyrics

Trippin' out, spinnin' around
I'm underground
I fell down
Yeah, I fell down

I'm freaking out, where am I now?
Upside down
And I can't stop it now
It can't stop me now, oh, oh

I, I, I'll get by
I, I, I'll survive
When the world's crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, I won't cry

I found myself in Wonderland
Get back on my feet, again
Is this real? Is this pretend?
I'll take a stand until the end

I, I, I'll get by
I, I'll survive
When the world's crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, I won't cry

I, I, I'll get by
I, I, I'll survive
When the world's crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, and I won't cry

Tripping out
Spinning around
I'm underground
I fell down
Yeah I fell down
I'm freaking out
Where am I now?
Upside down
And I can't stop it now
It can't stop me now

ooh
I, I, I'll get by
I, I, I'll survive
When the worlds crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, I won't cry

I'll play the game
but I can't stay
I've Got my head on straight
And I'm not gonna change
I'm not gonna change
I'll win the race
Keep up with the pace
today is the day
that I start to pray
You can't get it my way no

I, I, I'll get by
I, I, I'll survive
When the worlds crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, I won't cry

I found myself in wonderland
Get back on my feet again
Is this real? Is this pretend?
I'll take a stand until the end

I, I, I'll get by
I, I, I'll survive
When the worlds crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, I won't cry

I, I, I'll get by
I, I, I'll survive
When the worlds crashing down
When I fall and hit the ground
I will turn myself around
Don't you try to stop me
I, I, and I won't cry

Background

In January 2010, Lavigne was in a board meeting at the Disney offices going over clothing designs inspired by Alice in Wonderland for her Abbey Dawn line, when she mentioned to the executives that she was writing music for her upcoming album and would love to write a song for the film's soundtrack. Discussions between Lavigne's manager and film executives took place, and director Tim Burton agreed to let Lavigne write the song. Lavigne stated, "I got off the phone, sat down at my piano at home, wrote the song immediately; I was so inspired because I'd been designing for the movie [...] so I had all the images in my head." She played the song for Burton, who later called Lavigne to give his approval and confirm the song would be used for the film.

On his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Seacrest called the story a "great lesson," telling his listeners "you ask for what you want. You gotta go for it, because if you didn't ask for it, then you wouldn't have gotten [the opportunity]." "Alice" was premiered on Seacrest's radio show on 27 January, when Lavigne made a surprise visit to the studio. Lavigne described the song as different from her previous work, calling it "a little darker."

The song was played over the film's end credits, and went on to sell 45,000 copies within the first four weeks of its release. Lavigne performed "Alice" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 3 March 2010.

Composition

"Alice" is both a rock, and pop song with a moderately fast ballad at 120 beats per minute, performed in the key of G major. Lavigne's vocal range spans from G3 to D5. Guitar and piano accompany Lavigne's vocals.

Critical reception

In his review for the soundtrack Almost Alice, William Ruhlmann of Allmusic described "Alice" as "a typical piece of self-assertive adolescent pop/rock", noting that it was "ideally suited for heavy rotation on Radio Disney". Todd Martens, writing for the Los Angeles Times, approved of the song's "darker, more angsty vision", adding that it was a return to Lavigne's sound in Under My Skin. He described the beginning of the song as, "promising, with wavy synths caught somewhere between a nightmare and a dream".

Bill Lamb of About.com gave the song 4 stars out of 5, appreciating Lavigne's interpretation of Alice's dilemma. He found her vocals emotional, "expressing the confusion of Alice falling through that rabbit hole".

"Alice" works both as an emotional, dramatic evocation of struggles with confusing times in life, and setting the scene for the movie making listeners eager to see the story that generates this heart-pounding, raw statement of the survival instinct. [...] There is a raw immediacy to the sound which grabs listeners instantly. It's hard to know if it will be a major pop hit, but the song does provide a suitably dramatic intro to publicity for the upcoming film.
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The Calgary Herald wrapped its opinion of "Alice" in succinct praise, calling it "one of the best songs of Avril's career", adding that Avril's repertoire does not otherwise live up to its hype. Digital Spy's Nick Levine called the song "a big angsty rock ballad", finding the track "cinematic" and at times "ghostly", before mentioning that the song took several listens to appreciate.

Several critics focused on the lyrics of the song, with mixed reaction. Lamb expounded, "Lyrically, with words of 'trippin' out', Avril Lavigne brings Alice directly into a contemporary context. This will allow young fans to see more clearly the metaphorical application of Alice In Wonderland to contemporary issues and dilemmas." Becky Bain of Idolator began her review commending Lavigne's lyrics for "carry[ing] genuine sentiment," believing that her "words of encouragement" would "resonate" with her teenage fans. Mark Ingoldsby, of 411mania.com, had little to praise in Lavigne's lyrics, stating that Lavigne is "[a]pparently incapable of crafting witty lyrics that paint an interesting picture through creative metaphors." Martens had similar feelings, writing, "[The] listener never really gets a picture of [the] trippy world Lavigne has found herself in."

There was general consensus among critics regarding the chorus of the song, in which Lavigne repeatedly holds a high note for an extended period. Lamb simply called it "shouty", while others elaborated. Ingoldsby sub-titled his review "Wail of a Fail", but although he could appreciate the beginning of the song, calling it "eerie and captivating" and describing Lavigne's voice as "unremarkable, yet pleasant", he found the rest of the song — from "the second part of the first verse" onwards — to be a "recreation of an Alanis Morissette-style spaz-out session". Bain was also unimpressed with the chorus. "[The] biggest problem with the song is that Lavigne, trying to come off like Amy Lee, is constantly screeching while attempting to hit those high notes. It’s difficult to enjoy a song while you’re wincing during the chorus." Story Gilmore of Neonlimelight.com reviewed Lavigne's live performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He described the performance as "toned down" and stated that Lavigne showed vocal growth during the performance, "easily shifting from full voice to high notes".

As of October 2011, Alice had sold 373,000 digital copies in the US.

Music video

Concept

The music video opens with Lavigne following a white rabbit into a forest. As the piano in the soundtrack begins playing, the video briefly cuts to Lavigne's hands playing the notes on a piano. The video returns to Lavigne's character, who trips and falls into a hole near a large tree. Her fall is intercut with shots of Alice (from Burton's film) colliding with objects, including a piano. When Lavigne opens her eyes, she is lying at the bottom of a deep hole, dressed in a black gothic corset dress, and stockings imprinted with playing card suits.

Avril lavigne alice tea party

Avril Lavigne sings while sitting at the Mad Hatter's tea party, her "echo" appearing in the corner.

When Lavigne climbs out of the hole, she finds herself in Wonderland. The song enters the chorus, and the video cuts and dissolves between Lavigne's character running through the forest and Lavigne singing and performing the song on the piano. The only Wonderland character to make an appearance at this point is a fleeting glimpse of the Cheshire Cat.

She arrives at a tea party, and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) stands, welcoming her with open arms. The scene is edited with footage of the Mad Hatter from Burton's film. As Lavigne sinks into a chair singing, her lyrical "echo" is visually emphasized with her face quickly dissolving in and out. As the verse ends, Lavigne stands and runs away from the scene. The chorus of the song returns to shots of Lavigne running through the forest, arriving at a piano surrounded by giant mushrooms. The video cuts between shots of Lavigne playing the instrument and singing, eventually showing Lavigne running through a misty copse of bamboo trees. Various scenes from the film are shown in succession, before Lavigne is reintroduced running toward an opening in the forest. As she exits the forest, she is dressed in her normal clothing.

Production and release

Lavigne shot the music video for "Alice" on 26–27 January 2010. The video was directed by Dave Meyers, which was partly filmed at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Meyers worked closely with Lavigne to create the video. His intention was to capture "the haunting quality of the song" on video and present it with a gothic feel. Lavigne wanted to include piano sequences to stress the instrument's contribution to the song. Footage from Burton's Alice in Wonderland was edited prominently into the video.

The video premiered online on 17 February 2010.

Awards

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2010 TRL Awards Best Video Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards International Video of the Year by a Canadian Nominated
Ur Fave Video (Peoples choice) Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards Mexico Favorite Song Nominated
Satellite Award Best Original Song Nominated
Chart Attack's 16th Annual Year-End Readers' Poll Best Song Won
2011 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Karaokee! Song Nominated
Best Video from a Film Won
MTV Fan Music Awards Best Movie Song Won

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Media

Films: Alice in Wonderland (Video) | 2010 film (Video) | Alice Through the Looking Glass
TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland (Episode List) | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | A Poem Is...
Shorts and Specials: A Lesson in Appreciating Differences | Donald in Mathmagic Land | Reading Magic with Figment and Alice in Wonderland | One Hour in Wonderland | Operation Wonderland
Books: Book for Colors | Alice Favorites | It's About Time! | Little Golden Book | Disney Read-Along | Classic Storybook | Big Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Paper Doll | Paper Dolls | Finds the Garden of Live Flowers | Alice in the White Rabbit's House | Meets the White Rabbit | Alice's Tea Party | Alice's Wonderland Adventure | Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Grin and Play | Down the Rabbit Hole | Alice Meets the White Rabbit | Disney Classics Little Golden Book Library | Wonderland | A Matter of Time
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | 2000 game | Alice no Paint Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | 2010 game | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Hidden Worlds | Disney Magical World | Disney Universe | Disney's Villains' Revenge
Music: Alice and the Mad Tea Party | Alice and the Trial | Alice and the White Rabbit | All the Songs from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland | Little Nipper Giant Storybook Record Album | Almost Alice

Disney Parks

Animated film: Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice in Wonderland | Art of Animation | Club Villain | Disney Animation Building | It's a Small World | Mad Tea Party | Mickey Mouse Revue | Storybook Land Canal Boats
Live action: Alice in Wonderland Maze | Mad T Party | The Nightmare Experiment
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney in the Stars | Once Upon a Time | One Man's Dream | Queen of Hearts's Easter Bonnet Party
Restaurants: Cheshire Cafe | March Hare Refreshments | Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall
Shops: The Mad Hatter
Parade: Disney Magic on Parade | Disney On Parade 100 Years of Magic | Disney on Parade | Happiness is Here Parade | Main Street Electrical Parade | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Happy Hallowishes | Inferno Dance Party | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Nightmare Experiment | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Night Out!
Christmas: Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration

Characters

Animated film: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Rose and the Flowers | Rose and the flowers | Caterpillar | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs
Live action films: Alice Kingsleigh | Charles Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Helen Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | Hamish Ascot | Fiona and Faith Chattaway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Absolem | The Tweedle Boys | Chessur | Uilleam | Bielle | Bayard | Frog Servants | Tall Flowers | The Red Queen | The White Queen | Knave of Hearts | Monkey Servants | Bandersnatch | The Jub Jub Bird | Jabberwocky | Armoured Cards | Armoured Chess Pieces | Time
Other: Mary Ann | Humpty Dumpty

Objects

Animated film: Drink Me Bottle | Eat Me Cookies | White Rabbit's Watch
Live action films: Upelkuchen | Oraculum | Chronosphere
Other: Mad Hatter's hat

Locations

Animated film: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | The Exterior | White Rabbit's House | Shoreline | The Meadow of Living Flowers | The Mushroom | The Mad Hatter's House | The Queen of Hearts' Castle | Wonderland Maze | Tulgey Wood | England | London
Live action films: Underland | The Red Queen's Castle | The White Queen's Castle | Time's Castle

Songs

Animated film: Alice in Wonderland | In a World of My Own | I'm Late | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race | How Do You Do and Shake Hands | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Old Father William | All in the Golden Afternoon | The Unbirthday Song | Very Good Advice | Painting the Roses Red | Dodgsonland | Ocean of Tears | Simon Says | Whooooo Are Youuuuu?
Live action films: Alice's theme | Alice | Just Like Fire | White Rabbit
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd | The Lobster Quadrille | Gavotte of the Cards | Entrance of the Executioner | When the Wind is in the East | So They Say

Deleted Concepts and Characters

Jabberwocky | Anthropomorphic "Drink Me" Bottle | The Puppy | The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle | 1933 film | 1939 film

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