Thanksgiving :: Alice’s Restaurant


I grew up in Atlanta, and every Thanksgiving as far back as I can remember, one of the local FM radio stations would play “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety – all 18+ minutes of it – several times throughout the day. As traditions go, it was a fine one, and now in our third year, the song has become an AD Thanksgiving tradition, and will remain so for as long as the Drunkard is online.

Oh, and since it is Thanksgiving, many thanks to all of the constant readers and commenter’s who have shared their stories, insight, and knowledge during the past three years. I’m sure you all have some turkey leftovers to attend to, so download this track, listen closely, and feast away.

MP3: Arlo Guthrie :: Alice’s Restaurant Massacre

12 thoughts on “Thanksgiving :: Alice’s Restaurant

  1. “Alice’s Restaurant” was a tradition in my (not particularly liberal) family growing up and I just shared it with my son for the first time. I was curious to see how many folks had similar experiences to mine. Guess it’s going to be a common post among the musically inclined bloggers. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Thank you for making my Thanksgiving! I used to listen to that song on what was KLSX and then KLOS in LA growing up in a similar experience to yours.

  3. There is a picture of Arlo and his extended family in a recent issue of Vanity Fair. The picture you posted there looks like one of his grandchildren. It looks like Huntington’s Disease is taking its time, or just moving on to someone else.
    Turkey Day greetings from Atlanta. The lighting of the great tree has moved to a store called Macy’s at Lenox Square. We are about to run out of water. The Falcons are as awful as ever.
    Life goes on.

  4. Oh, you grew up in Atlanta. I’m now in Los Angeles but I’ve been in Atlanta from Oct 2006 to Apr 2007. I like Atlanta. It’s nice place to live, with lots of trees.

  5. Here in St. Louis there is a show called “The Brain Sandwich” on Saturday mornings on our community radio station, KDHX. The Sat. before T-Giving they spin about 5 different versions of Alice, including the original and the 101 Strings (a riot!). It’s always something to look forward to!

    By the way, Arlo has been tested and does not have the gene for Huntington’s. I see him and his family nearly every year at the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival in Okemah, OK, where he talked about it.

  6. Alice’s Restaurant was a tradition in the Deep South (Los Angeles, California) when I was a kid too.

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