Alice (song)

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Cover (front) of Alice EP and single
Some Girls Wander By Mistake - Cover (front)
   
Alice (1993) - Under The Gun - 7" single


The Sisters of Mercy - Alice   (and Burn live 1985)

The Sisters' song Alice was released in two official versions:


The original version of Alice was played live during the BBC Radio One Session with John Peel in 1982
and beyond that also got broadcast three times by John Peel in 1982/3:

  • 12 June 1982 - John Peel Show / Radio One
  • 28 November 1983 - John Peel Show / Radio One
  • 12 December 1983 - John Peel Show / Radio One


In this regard, you might want to check also the lovely John Peel Wiki
and the I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog under Sisters Mysteries V – did Peel play Damage Done?

See also this thread @The Heartland Forums and John Peel Shows 1980-85.

Alice is one of the best-known Sisters tracks and has always been part of the band's live-setlist over the years,
insofar plenty audience recordings featuring live performances of both versions do exist and are in circulation among the fanbase.

Of course, the live-performances of Alice are also featured on many bootlegs like for example those pictured down below.

The Sisters of Mercy - Alice (live 2006)

Lyrics

She stays pressed against the wall so
She can see the door
In case the laughing strangers call and
Crush the petals on the floor
Alice in her party dress, she
Thanks you kindly, o serene, she
Needs you like she needs her tranqs to
Tell her that the world is clean, to
Promise her a definition
Tell her where the rain will fall,
Tell her where the sun shines bright and
Tell her she can have it all
Today
Today

The Sisters of Mercy - Alice live in 2014 @Ancienne Belgique

Pass the crystal spread the Tarot
In illusion comfort lies, the
Safest way the straight and narrow
No confusion, no surprise Alice in her party dressed to kill she
Thanks you, turns away, she
Needs you like she needs her pills to
Tell her that the world's okay, to
Promise her a definition
Tell her where the rain will fall
Tell her where the sun shines bright and
Tell her she can have it all
Today
Today

Alice
Don't give it away



Words & Music: Andrew Eldritch

All lyrics are property and copyright of their respective rights holders, they are provided only for study purposes.

1959 and all that logo.jpg


Analysis

Some basic analysis has been done at 1959 and all that (scroll...)

See also the following threads at the Heartland Forums:




A selection of bootlegs featuring live performances of the original 1982 track