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fictional lie
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In the Song "Alice" (done by many bands, but I believe it was originally the band Smokey), it talks about a man who's life long love leaves town (with another man?), but it is never explained who this "Alice" is in reality. In fact, later versions of the song actually have the line "Alice? Who the NFBSK is Alice?" in between the chorus and verse.

Anyone know if Alice was real person, or just a random name chosen for the song?

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Samuel Jones
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Originally posted by fictional lie:

Anyone know if Alice was real person, or just a random name chosen for the song?

Why you askin' us?

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know...

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quote:
Originally posted by Samuel Jones:

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know...

Nah, she left to pursue a career in the domestic sector and ended up with the Bradys. Poor guy lost a real gem there.
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quote:
Originally posted by fictional lie:
Anyone know if Alice was real person, or just a random name chosen for the song?

"Living Next Door to Alice" lyrics.

My guess is that it's just a random name they chose. It could just as easily have been "Linda" or "Susan," but "Alice" sounded better.

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quote:
Originally posted by petre:
quote:
Originally posted by Samuel Jones:

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know...

Nah, she left to pursue a career in the domestic sector and ended up with the Bradys. Poor guy lost a real gem there.
No, no, no. She moved just a half-mile from the railroad tracks, bought an old church and a nearby restaurant. It's just around the back.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Mahone:
quote:
Originally posted by petre:
quote:
Originally posted by Samuel Jones:

Go ask Alice, I think she'll know...

Nah, she left to pursue a career in the domestic sector and ended up with the Bradys. Poor guy lost a real gem there.
No, no, no. She moved just a half-mile from the railroad tracks, bought an old church and a nearby restaurant. It's just around the back.

Pogue

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I think it's just the "sounds better" explanation. Like "Gloria", and most other "name" songs.

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I'm sure All the young girls who love Alice will be glad to answer your question for you...

Sorry, just had to get my Alice quote in there.

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Better Yet Why is she leaving in a Big Limo?
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KingDavid8
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Ask me now, I understand the words that Alice said.

David "Please tell me someone knows that reference..." Anderson

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I think Alice is just a name the song writer(s) pulled out of thin air. It need not be any real-life individual he/she/they knew personally.

A lot of songs have names in them. The name can be that of a real-life person the song writer knew, but it can also be just a name they thought up to tell a story about.

There was a song the Beach Boys recorded in 1966 about the same time "Gloria" came out. It was entitled "Barbara Ann." That my name. However, that doesn't mean it was about me! A dual group recorded the song several months earlier, but it was a flop. The Beach Boys version was a hit success.

"Bar-Bar-Bar-Bar-Barbara Ann!"

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quote:
Originally posted by KingDavid8:
Ask me now, I understand the words that Alice said.

David "Please tell me someone knows that reference..." Anderson

They Might Be Giants - "Why Must I Be Sad?"

And I love the Alice song. I have about four different versions of it. [Smile]

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The version of "Alice" with the chorus interspersed with the line "Who the NFBSK is Alice?"
was a "novelty " version recorded by Smokie, and a comedian from the UK called Roy "Chubby" Brown.

Chubby's material is NFBSK and then-some. Most of it is "blue", he uses the F* , the B*, and the C* word liberally. He is quite vulgar, and often sexist.

He is a very funny man, if you can be broad minded enough to cope with the bad language and the blue jokes. His on-stage persona is brash, and quite different from the polite softly-spoken man, off-stage who "plays the part of Chubby".

He is very popular, in the UK and in Australia. his shows are sell-outs.

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More tivia: Roy "Chubby" Brown's real name is Royston Vasey. The BBC's The League of Gentlemen named their village after him. He appeared in an episode as the Mayor.
His stage show is certainly not for the faint hearted, or the politically correct!

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It was also done live by Aussie comedian Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson, whose humor is in roughly the same ballpark as what you described in 'Chubby'.
Must be that Aussie charm?

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Richard W
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Barbara R said:
However, that doesn't mean it was about me!

I bet you don't think that song is about you, you're so modest...
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Richard W
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I just realised I can answer the question, too. Alice is the daughter of a friend of mine, and she was born on Saturday 16th weighing 8lb 9oz.

The singers are confused because the song was written 28 years before she was born - clearly they couldn't have known who she was.

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