1899 is one of the most awaited TV shows of 2022. From the creators of the popular series Dark, the plot promises again mind-blowing twists and enough complexities to trigger doubts and questions. Indeed we will talk about the story soon, but now we already have an attractive detail to discover: the series theme song featured in the opening title was revealed by the director and co-creator Baran bo Odar before the series was out. It’s White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, in a much darker and modern version, and today we will find out more about it.
You can find the official trailer of 1899 here on Youtube.
White Rabbit: what’s the theme song in 1899 opening credits?
The theme song featured in the opening credits of 1899 is White Rabbit by Eliot Sumner and Ben Frost. It’s a dark cover of the famous hit released by Jefferson Airplane in 1967. The song version we hear in 1899’s opening credits is not yet available officially. Below you can find the original song in full streaming.
Jefferson Airplane is an American psychedelic rock band active in the 60s. They released White Rabbit in 1967, in the middle of the so-called Summer of Love that marked the history of music so heavily, and the song is among the biggest successes ever achieved by the band.
The song’s lyrics are a reference to Alice in Wonderland: besides the White Rabbit, they also mention Alice, the White Knight, and the Red Queen. Besides this imagery, White Rabbit actually intends to describe the hallucinations from drug use.
The lyrics you hear in the opening credits are the following:
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Feed your head
When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s off with her head
Feed your head
1899’s director declared in an interview that the intro credits of the series are worth our greatest attention.“A title sequence is a promise that draws the viewer in,” he said, “and the intro of 1899 has it all. The animated sequence features the ships, as well as the characters’ faces and decisive moments in their lives flowing into one another to the sound of the Jefferson Airplane song, White Rabbit.”
A hallucinating song introducing the series’s complexity: we’ll have more elements to talk about very soon.