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Painting the Roses Red
Originally performed by
Composer
Lyrics
Performer(s) The Playing Cards (The Mellomen)
Feature films Alice in Wonderland
Short films
Television programs
Attractions
Video games
Albums Alice in Wonderland (soundtrack)
Preceded by Very Good Advice
Followed by The Unbirthday Song (Reprise)
Video
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Alice In Wonderland - Painting The Roses Red

"Painting the Roses Red" is a song featured in Disney's 1951 animated feature film, Alice in Wonderland, sung by the Queen of Hearts' card minons (specifically the Ace, Two, and Three of Clubs) when Alice first enters the garden. The cards try to explain to Alice why they are painting the roses red. The reason is that the Queen of Hearts likes the roses red and the Cards planted white roses, so they try to explain that the Queen will have them beheaded if they do not make them appear red.

Lyrics

Cards: Painting the roses red
We're painting the roses red
We dare not stop
Or waste a drop
So let the paint be spread
We're painting the roses red
We're painting the roses red

Oh, painting the roses red
And many a tear we shed
Because we know
They'll cease to grow
In fact, they'll soon be dead
And yet we go ahead
Painting the roses red
Painting the roses red
We're painting the roses red

Alice: Oh, pardon me
But Mister Three
Why must you paint them red?

[Speech]
Cards: Huh? Oh!
Three: Well, the fact is, Miss
We planted the white roses by mistake,
And...

Cards: The Queen she likes 'em red
If she saw white instead,
Two: She'd raise a fuss
Ace: And each of us
Cards: Would quickly lose his head

[Speech]
Alice: Goodness!

Cards: Since this is the part we dread
We're painting the roses red

[Speech]
Alice: Oh, Dear! Then let me help you

Alice: Painting the roses red
All: We're painting the roses red
Don't tell the Queen what you have seen
Or say that's what we said
But we're painting the roses red
Alice: Yes, painting the roses red
Two: Not pink
Ace: Not green
Alice: Not aquamarine
All: We're painting the roses red!

Reprise (Who's Been Painting My Roses Red?)

The Queen of Hearts: Who's been painting my roses red?
Who's been painting my roses red?!
Who dares to paint with vulgar paint
The royal flower bed
For painting my roses red
Someone will lose his head
2 of Clubs: Oh no! Your Majesty, please! It's all his fault!
3 of Clubs: Not me, Your Grace, the Ace! The Ace!
Queen of Hearts: You?
Ace of Clubs: No! Two!
Queen of Hearts: The Deuce you say?
2 of Clubs: Not me, the Tres!

[Speech]
Queen of Hearts: THAT'S ENOUGH!!! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

Cards: They're going to lose their heads
For painting the roses red
It serves them right
They planted white
But roses should be red
Oh, they're going to lose their heads...

[Speech]
Queen of Hearts: SILENCE!!!


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Media
Films: Alice in Wonderland | Video | Remake | Through the Looking Glass
TV Series: Adventures in Wonderland | Bonkers | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
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
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

Video Games
Kingdom Hearts series: Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded
Other: 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

Characters
Original: Alice | Dinah | Alice's sister | Mad Hatter | March Hare | Dormouse | White Rabbit | Cheshire Cat | The Doorknob | Dodo | Caucus Race Animals | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | The Walrus and the Carpenter | Curious Oysters | Bill the Lizard | Bread-And-Butterflies | Rose and the Flowers | Rocking-horsefly | Caterpillar | Mother Bird | Tulgey Wood Animals | Birdcage Bird | Hammer and Pencil Birds | Mome Raths | Card Soldiers | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Flamingos | Hedgehogs | The Jury | Dog and Cat Caterpillars
Remake: Alice Kingsleigh | Margaret Kingsleigh | Lady Ascot | Lord Ascot | The Chataway Girls | Fiona Chataway | Faith Chataway | Nivins McTwisp | Tarrant Hightopp | Thackery Earwicket | Mally | Ansolem | 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
Other: Mary Ann | Humpty Dumpty

Objects: Drink Me Bottle | Eat Me Cookies | White Rabbit's Watch | Mad Hatter's hat | Oraculum

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

Locations
Original: Wonderland | Rabbit Hole | The Exterior | White Rabbit's House | Shoreline | The Meadow of Living Flowers | The Mushroom | The Mad Hatter's House | Wonderland Maze | Tulgey Wood | England | London
Remake: Underland | The Red Queen's Castle

Songs
Original: Alice in Wonderland | I'm Late | In a World of My Own | Sailor's Hornpipe | The Caucus Race/Reprise | 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?
Remake: Alice's theme
Deleted: Beyond the Laughing Sky | Beautiful Soup | Beware the Jabberwock | I'm Odd

Disney Parks: Alice in Wonderland | Celebrate the Magic | Disney Dreams | Main Street Electrical Parade | Mickey Mouse Revue | Fantasmic! | Mad Hatter's Tea Cups | The Mad Tea Party | Alice's Curious Labyrinth | Alice's Costumes Through the Years | The White Rabbit Costumes Through the Years | Once Upon a Time | World of Color

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