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Annie in Wonderland

I apologize that my knowledge of WWI British Army slang is not what it should be, but I recently came across the phrase "Up in Annie's room", which was a dismissive reply to a query as to someone's whereabouts. If the sergeant asked you "Where's private Newell?" you might say "Up in Annie's room" basically meaning "How should I know?" Sometime after the war, the phrase was extended to include "behind the clock". Now this sounded very familiar to me - if you replace 'Annie' with 'Alice' you get the lyric from Mad March Hare! Another clue unlocked. Does this enhance my comprehension of the song? I now believe the singer will never actually find the hare who he believes hides behind the clock.

Bonus clue: check out the Hare's outfit in Roy Wood's painting. I'm guessing he's a Birmingham City supporter.


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