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Folks Of Interest does anyone listen to ALICE'S RESTAURANT on this day every year , or am I the only one ?

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  1. Deuces
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    Yeah, it was on cable a couple of weeks ago....
     
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  2. badvolvo
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    everyone does, except for Alice!
     
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  3. 2bubbas
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    Just listened- now I'll have a ear worm all the rest of the day-
     
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  4. guitarguy
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    Great song, I have seen him 3 times in concert, most recently less than a month ago.
     
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  5. Great song. Meant to listen to it this year but forgot. :(
     
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  6. ffr1222k
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    I listen to it every year. I think the revisited version where he talks about going to Jiimy Carter's inauguration is funnier than the original.
     
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  7. When I lived in Illinois I would listen to it every year on WXRT, at first it was only on once but then they played it at 11:30 am and at 5:00 or something , every every year since I was in high school late 70s till we moved in twenty 15. After we moved to COLORDO I would listen online to XRT on Thanks Giving just to get my fix. This year I found out that 97.3 Denver plays it at noon and 5 , yester day was a great day, T-day with both little granddaughters and ARLO......COLORADO just got better.
     
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  8. blowby
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    May Janis Joplin's bong fall from the heavens and land in your crotch.
     
  9. Deuces
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    You know that song is about bumping uglys.... :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Well, after hearing it about 5,000 times between 1967 and about '73, no thanks.
    Ranks right up there with Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody with me:eek:
    The problem was there was a dearth of Thanksgiving songs to choose from so they had to wear out that one.
    Arlo is great, live though.. Very entertaining.
     
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  11. slowmotion
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    Damn, I hadn't listened to the whole thing since sometime back in the seventies. Thanks for that, Blowby...:D
    Always favored Comin' into Los Angeles for an Arlo fix, myself.
     
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  12. 49ratfink
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    never heard of that song having anything to do with Thanksgiving....
    seeing this picture reminds me I have not ridden a motorcycle in 20 years. I had lots of good, FAST rides out there.:)

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Truck64
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    LOL! C'mon man, don't sugarcoat it. Tell us how you really feel!

    * I'm not really a fan but she once knocked Jim Morrison out cold with an empty whisky bottle. She couldn't have been all bad. Permanent cool points for that.
     
  14. Never been to Alice's Restaurant but we have a Ronnie'sx cafe here in town. HRP

    RONNIE SX CAFE.JPG
     
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  15. DDDenny
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    Sure beats "Free Bird" (full length version)!
    Drives me F#@k'n crazy!

    "So we took the half-a-ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW
    Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, and headed
    On toward the city dump. Well, we got there and there was a big sign and a
    Chain across the dump sayin', "this dump is closed on Thanksgiving, " and
    We'd never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in
    Our eyes, we drove off into the sunset lookin' for another place to put the garbage
    We didn't find one till we came to a side road, and off the side of the side
    Road was another fifteen-foot cliff, and at the bottom of the cliff was
    Another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile was better than
    Two little piles, and rather than bring that one up, we decided to throw
    Ours down. That's what we did"
     
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  16. Thanksgiving is mentioned no less than 6 times. :D HRP


    You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant

    Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, two years ago, on Thanksgiving,
    When my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the restaurant
    But Alice doesn't live in the restaurant, she lives in the church nearby the
    Restaurant, in the bell tower with her husband Ray and Facha, the dog
    And livin' in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of room downstairs
    Where the pews used to be, and havin' all that room (seein' as how they took
    Out all the pews), they decided that they didn't have to take out their
    Garbage for a long time.
    We got up here and found all the garbage in there and we decided that it'd
    Be a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump
    So we took the half-a-ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW
    Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction, and headed
    On toward the city dump. Well, we got there and there was a big sign and a
    Chain across the dump sayin', "this dump is closed on Thanksgiving, " and
    We'd never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in
    Our eyes, we drove off into the sunset lookin' for another place to put the garbage
    We didn't find one till we came to a side road, and off the side of the side
    Road was another fifteen-foot cliff, and at the bottom of the cliff was
    Another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile was better than
    Two little piles, and rather than bring that one up, we decided to throw
    Ours down. That's what we did
    Drove back to the church, had a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat,
    Went to sleep, and didn't get up until the next morning, when we got a phone
    Call from Officer Obie. He said, "kid, we found your name on a envelope at
    The bottom of a half a ton of garbage and I just wanted to know if you had
    Any information about it"
    And I said, "yes sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie. I put that envelope
    Under that garbage." After speakin' to Obie for about forty-five minutes on
    The telephone, we finally arrived at the truth of the matter and he said
    That we had to go down and pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and
    Speak to him at the Police Officer Station. So we got in the red VW microbus
    With the shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on
    Toward the Police Officer Station
    Now, friends, there was only one of two things that Obie could've done at
    The Police Officer Station, and the first was that he could've given us a
    Medal for bein' so brave and honest on the telephone (which wasn't very
    Likely, and we didn't expect it), and the other thing was that he could've
    Bawled us out and told us never to be seen drivin' garbage around in the
    Vicinity again, which is what we expected
    But when we got to the Police Officer Station, there was a third possibility
    That we hadn't even counted upon, and we was both immediately arrested,
    Handcuffed, and I said, "Obie, I can't pick up the garbage with these here
    Handcuffs on." He said "shut up kid, and get in the back of the patrol car"
    And that's what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car, and drove to
    The quote scene of the crime unquote
    I want to tell you 'bout the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where this is
    Happenin'. They got three stop signs, two police officers, and one police
    Car, but when we got to the scene of the crime, there was five police
    Officers and three police cars, bein' the biggest crime of the last fifty
    Years and everybody wanted to get in the newspaper story about it
    And they was usin' up all kinds of cop equipment that they had hangin'
    Around the Police Officer Station. They was takin' plaster tire tracks,
    Footprints, dog-smellin' prints and they took twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored
    Glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of
    Each one explainin' what each one was, to be used as evidence against us
    Took pictures of the approach, the getaway, the northwest corner, the
    Southwest corner
    And that's not to mention the aerial photography!
    After the ordeal, we went back to the jail. Obie said he was gonna put us in a cell
    He said "kid, I'm gonna put you in a cell
    I want your wallet and your belt"
    I said, "Obie, I can understand your wantin' my wallet, so I don't have any
    Money to spend in the cell, but what do you want my belt for?" and he said
    "Kid, we don't want any hangin's
    I said, "Obie, did you think I was gonna
    Hang myself for litterin'?"
    Obie said he was makin' sure, and, friends, Obie was, 'cause he took out the
    Toilet seat so I couldn't hit myself over the head and drown, and he took
    Out the toilet paper so I couldn't bend the bars, roll the toilet paper out
    The window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie was makin' sure
    It was about four or five hours later that Alice (remember Alice?
    There's a song about Alice)
    Alice came by and, with a few nasty words to Obie on the
    Side, bailed us out of jail, and we went back to the church, had another
    Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat, and didn't get up until the next
    Morning, when we all had to go to court. We walked in, sat down, Obie came
    In with the twenty-seven 8 times 10 colored glossy pictures with the circles and
    Arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, sat down
    Man came in, said, "All rise!" We all stood up, and Obie stood up with the
    Twenty-seven 8 times 10 colored glossy pictures, and the judge walked in, sat
    Down, with a seein' eye dog and he sat down. We sat down
    Obie looked at the seein' eye dog then at the twenty-seven 8 x 10
    Colored glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the
    Back of each one and looked at the seein' eye dog and then at
    The twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored glossy pictures with the circles and arrows
    And a paragraph on the back of each on and began to cry
    Because Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American
    Blind justice, and there wasn't nothin' he could do about it, and the judge
    Wasn't gonna look at the twenty-seven 8 by 10 colored glossy pictures with
    The circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explainin'
    What each one was, to be used as evidence against us
    And we was fined fifty dollars and had to pick up the garbage in the snow
    But that's not what I'm here to tell you about
    I'm here to talk about the draft
    They got a buildin' down in New York City called Whitehall Street, where you
    Walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected!
    I went down and got my physical examination one day, and I walked in, sat
    Down (got good and drunk the night before, so I looked and felt my best when
    I went in that morning, 'cause I wanted to look like the All-American Kid
    From New York City. I wanted to feel like I wanted to be the
    All-american Kid from New York), and I walked in, sat down, I was hung down
    Brung down, hung up and all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly things
    And I walked in, I sat down, they gave me a piece of paper that said "Kid
    See the psychiatrist in room 604"
    I went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I want to kill! I want to see
    Blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth! Eat dead, burnt bodies! I
    Mean Kill. Kill!"
    And I started jumpin' up and down, yellin' "KILL! Kill!" and he started
    Jumpin' up and down with me, and we was both jumpin' up and down, yellin'
    "Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!" and the sergeant came over, pinned a medal on me
    Sent me down the hall, said "You're our boy". Didn't feel too good about it
    Proceeded down the hall, gettin' more injections, inspections, detections
    Neglections, and all kinds of stuff that they was doin' to me at the thing
    There, and I was there for two hours three hours four hours I was
    There for a long time goin' through all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly things
    And I was just havin' a tough time there, and they was inspectin',
    Injectin', every single part of me, and they was leavin' no part untouched!
    Proceeded through, and I finally came to see the very last man. I walked in,
    Sat down, after a whole big thing there. I walked up, and I said, "what do
    You want?" He said, "kid, we only got one question, have you ever been
    Arrested?"
    And I proceeded to tell him the story of Alice's Restaurant Massacree with
    Full orchestration and five-part harmony and stuff like that, and other phenomenon
    He stopped me right there and said, "kid, have you ever been to court?" And
    I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty-seven 8 x 10 colored glossy
    Pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one
    He stopped me right there and said, "kid, I want you to go over and sit down
    On that bench that says 'Group W'"
    And I walked over to the bench there, and there's Group W is where they
    Put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committin'
    Your special crime
    There was all kinds of mean, nasty, ugly-lookin' people on the bench there
    There was mother-rapers father-stabbers father-rapers!
    Father-rapers sittin' right there on the bench next to me! And they was mean
    And nasty and ugly and horrible and crime fightin' guys were sittin' there
    On the bench, and the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one the meanest
    Father-raper of them all was comin' over to me, and he was mean and
    Ugly and nasty and horrible and all kinds of things, and he sat down next to
    Me. He said, "Kid, what'd you get?"
    I said, "I didn't get nothin'. I had to pay fifty dollars and pick up the garbage."
    He said, "What were you arrested for, kid?" and I said, "litterin'"
    And they all moved away from me on the bench there, with the hairy eyeball
    And all kinds of mean, nasty things, till I said, "And creatin' a nuisance"
    And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the
    Bench talkin' about crime, mother-stabbin', father-rapin', all kinds
    Of groovy things that we was talkin' about on the bench, and everything was fine
    We was smokin' cigarettes and all kinds of things, until the sergeant came
    Over, had some paper in his hand, held it up and said
    "Kids, this-piece-of-paper's-got-47-words-37-sentences-58-words-we-wanna-
    Know-details-of-the-crime-time-of-the-crime-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-
    You-gotta-say-pertaining-to-and-about-the-crime-I-want-to-know-arresting-
    Officer's-name-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-you-gotta-say"
    And he talked for forty-five minutes and nobody understood a word that he
    Said
    But we had fun fillin' out the forms and playin' with the pencils on the
    Bench there
    I filled out the Massacree with the four-part harmony. Wrote it down there
    Just like it was and everything was fine. And I put down my pencil, and I
    Turned over the piece of paper, and there on the other side in
    The middle of the other side away from everything else on the other
    Side in parentheses capital letters quotated read
    The following words "kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?"
    I went over to the sergeant. Said, "Sergeant, you got a lot of god-damned
    Gall to ask me if I've rehabilitated myself! I mean I mean I
    Mean that you send I'm sittin' here on the bench I mean I'm
    Sittin' here on the Group W bench, 'cause you want to know if I'm moral
    Enough to join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein' a
    Litterbug"
    He looked at me and said, "kid, we don't like your kind! We're gonna send
    Your fingerprints off to Washington"!
    And, friends, somewhere in Washington, enshrined in some little folder, is a
    Study in black and white of my fingerprints
    And the only reason I'm singin' you the song now is 'cause you may know
    Somebody in a similar situation
    Or you may be in a similar situation, and if you're in a situation like
    That, there's only one thing you can do
    Walk into the shrink wherever you are, just walk in, say, "Shrink, you
    Can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant", and walk out
    You know, if one person, just one person, does it, they may think he's
    Really sick and they won't take him
    And if two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and
    They won't take either of them
    And if three people do it! Can you imagine three people walkin' in, singin'
    A bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walkin' out? They may think it's an
    Organization!
    And can you imagine fifty people a day? I said FIFTY people a day
    Walkin' in, singin' a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and walkin' out? Friends
    They may think it's a Movement, and that's what it is THE Alices's
    Restaurant anti-massacre movement! And all you gotta do to join is to
    Sing it the next time it comes around on the guitar
    With feelin'
    You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant
    You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant
    Walk right in, it's around the back
    Just a half a mile from the railroad track
    You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant
    Songwriters: Arlo Guthrie
     
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  17. 49ratfink
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    well... guess I never listened to the lyrics.:) I knew it was a song, but to me it was a restaurant on Skyline Blvd.
     
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  18. I didn't realize Arlo said Thanksgiving so many times myself. HRP
     
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  19. Deuces
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    Thanks HRP..... :D
     
  20. Special Ed
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    It was a true story.
    [​IMG]
     
  21. Wow Ed, I have heard the song for years but never realized it was based on a actual event the Arlo help perpetrate, thanks for posting this. HRP
     
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  22. DDDenny
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    My favorite part.


    "went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I want to kill! I want to see
    Blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth! Eat dead, burnt bodies! I
    Mean Kill. Kill!"
    And I started jumpin' up and down, yellin' "KILL! Kill!" and he started
    Jumpin' up and down with me, and we was both jumpin' up and down, yellin'
    "Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill!" and the sergeant came over, pinned a medal on me
    Sent me down the hall, said "You're our boy"
     
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  23. Truck64
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    "And we decided that one big pile was better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up, we decided to throw ours down."
     
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  24. brokedownbiker
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    Our local radio station plays about every 2-3 hours on Thanksgiving every year. KISM 92.9 FM
     
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  25. riv63
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    The arrest actually did disqualify him for the draft.
     
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  26. Champscotty58
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    Every year...
     
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  27. Mark Hysong
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    Turned on the radio last night and there it was. My 13 year old did a eye roll
     
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  28. David Gersic
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  29. 1929CDAN
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    HI Noon KSHE 95 St LOUIS MO. every year.
     
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  30. BelAirToyz
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    Hell yeah! Especially with all those 8x10 color glossy photos with the pictures and arrows on the back (I hope I got that right ) oh well...Happy Thanksgiving to all too!

    Sent from my SM-N910V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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