Song of the Day: Alice by Cocteau Twins

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Alice is performed by Cocteau Twins and appears on the album Violaine Part 1 EP (1996).

Lyrics:

When I lose them I’ll ache
Shattered like a pale moon
Might any true love
Make a lot of nothing

This is the smoking gun
That we won’t see

(Deceived me)Looks deceive me
(Yes your worst)Listening and lost
(don’t you know)didn’t you know alice?
(alice?)Now you’re not excused and

(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
who shall
(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
who can
(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
replace
(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
her now?

(Repeat first verse)

(Deceived me)Looks deceive me
(Yes your worst)Listening and lost
(don’t you know)Didn’t you know alice?
(alice?)Now you’re not excused and

(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
who shall
(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
who can
(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
replace
(alice, alice, alice, alice, alice)
her now?

……

In 2009, the Cocteau Twins song “Alice” was used in Peter Jackson’s film The Lovely Bones.

Cocteau Twins were a Scottish rock band active from 1979 to 1997. The original members were singer Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Will Heggie, who was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde in 1983. The group has earned much critical praise for its innovative, ethereal sound and the distinctive soprano vocals of Fraser, which often seemed to veer into glossolalia and mouth music.

Elizabeth Fraser provided guest vocals on The Future Sound of London’s single “Lifeforms” (1993), vocals for three songs on Massive Attack’s Mezzanine in 1998 (as well as touring with them several times), and for other musical projects and groups. Notably, she wrote the lyrics and sang the vocals for “Teardrop” which was released as a single in 1998 and reached number 10 in the UK singles chart. It has been speculated that she has been working on a solo album, though details of this are as yet unavailable. Fraser provided the vocals for “Lament for Gandalf” in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. In 2000 she sang with Peter Gabriel on Ovo (The Millennium Show). In 2005, she worked with Breton musician Yann Tiersen on two songs for his album Les retrouvailles. In 2009, she released the single “Moses” on Rough Trade.

Cocteau Twins

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Origin Grangemouth, Scotland
Genres
  • Dream pop
  • ethereal wave
  • gothic rock
  • post-punk
Years active 1979–1997
Labels
  • 4AD
  • Capitol
  • Fontana
  • Bella Union
Associated acts
  • This Mortal Coil
  • Faye Wong
  • Harold Budd
  • Seefeel
Website http://www.cocteautwins.com
Past members
  • Elizabeth Fraser
  • Robin Guthrie
  • Will Heggie
  • Simon Raymonde
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