Occupation: high school teacher
Residence: San Jose, CA
Date of Performance/Collection: April 26, 2014
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
“One of the things I remember about growing up was that my mom would sing me funny songs and after she would sing them she would crack up. Even though my family experienced a lot of loss and pain, it was always great to hear my mom’s laugh. One of the songs she used to sing was about Alice. When she sang it she thought it was so funny, but it would scare me. I was a little girl and I thought I might go down the drain!”
The lyrics are as follow:
Alice, where are you going?
Upstairs to take a bath
Her shape is like a toothpick
Her head is like a tack
Oh my goodness, oh my soul there goes Alice down the hole!
Oh Alice, where are you going?
An audio recording of Gloriadele Guzman (the mother of the informant, referenced above) singing the song has been provided: Oh Alice
I collected this song from my mother. It was fun for me because I also remember my grandmother singing me this song when I was a little girl. I had always thought it was a song my grandmother had made up but I found some other versions of the song online. My grandmothers version is slightly different. Some of the other version include more details that has caused some people to infer that the song is actually about Alice in Wonderland.
For one of the other versions of this song please see: http://www.rahelmusic.net/lyrics-kidsongs.html