Alice in Wonderland “Very Good Advice” (1951)

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Alice in Wonderland “Very Good Advice” (1951)

After being tossed from one silly situation to the next and believing she’s forever lost the way to get home, Alice has had quite enough of Wonderland. Not only that, she finally understands that she’s only here through her own actions: if she hadn’t followed the White Rabbit AND crawled down the rabbit hole, she never would have entered Wonderland in the first place and this knowledge makes her very upset. Surrounded by the silly looking creatures, Alice plops down and begins to cry about how she never takes her own good advice (this is the set up for “Very Good Advice”).

I give myself very good advice
But I very seldom follow it
That explains the trouble that I’m always in
Be patient, is very good advice
But the waiting makes me curious
And I’d love the change
Should something strange begin
Well I went along my merry way
And I never stopped to reason
I should have know there’d be a price to pay
Someday, someday
I give myself very good advice
But I very seldom follow it
Will I ever learn to do the things I should
Will I ever learn to do the things I should

As Alice cries, her tears seem to shatter the illusion of Wonderland around her. One by one, the silly creatures listening to her song begin to cry and disappear, until Alice is alone. Even the landscape melts away into blackness. It has always seemed to me that Wonderland is a world that only exists so long as you deny certain realities. Once you give in to them, it begins to fade away. This is a pretty sad and subdued moment compared to what comes before and after, but that’s good because it also serves as a moment for the viewer to catch their breath and get ready for the story to reach its conclusion. I have to admit, as a kid I never liked this part because it felt too slow to me.

And those are my thoughts on “Very Good Advice.” What do you think about this song? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day 🙂

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See also:

Disney Films & Soundtracks A-Z

Alice in Wonderland “In a World of My Own” (1951)

Alice in Wonderland “All in the Golden Afternoon” (1951)

Alice in Wonderland “The Un-Birthday Song” (1951)

Alice in Wonderland “The Walrus and the Carpenter” (1951)

Alice in Wonderland “Painting the Roses Red” (1951)

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