Monday, November 23, 2015

Music Monday - Alice's Restaurant Massacree

For many people of my age in the United States, Thanksgiving music consists of one classic, over 18 minute epic story - Alice's Restaurant, by Arlo Guthrie.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1965, Arlo Guthrie, the son of noted folk singer Woodie Guthrie, visited a friend and her husband in Massachusetts .  They needed to have their garbage taken out but the dump was closed.  What happened after that is told in a way that is - well, classic and also hysterical.

For years, we listened to this on the way down to seeing my in laws for Thanksgiving (an almost three hour drive).  Public radio still plays this every Thanksgiving.

In a way it's dated.  But in a way, it's not.  Is Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton dated?  Listen and decide for yourself.

If you have 18 minutes to spare, I invite you to listen, to get a little taste of folk America.

Today is day 23 of NaBloPoMo.


  1. I've heard it many times, a couple of them at live performances. I'm an Arlo fan.

  2. I remember I had heard this song on the Thanksgiving day in the year 2006 when me and my husband lived in Chicago. It did not register then. Thanks Alana for sharing this one here. I have laughed heartily, a great way to begin the day.


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