Classic Rock Pick Of The Week – ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ By Arlo Guthrie [Video]
I am an expert at pointing out the obvious.
With it being this amazing holiday (which unfortunately gets overshadowed by that next holiday) about thanks for, well everything we should be thankful for, I believe the Classic Rock Pick of the Week should be about the one song we play as a tradition every year on Thanksgiving – Arlo Guthrie’s classic – ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.’
Before going any further, I should point out, that we will air the song on Thanksgiving Day around 7:15am, 12:15pm and 6:15pm so you won’t miss it. (shameless promotion, sorry.)
The tune was released 1967 from the album ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ with Arlo on the front cover, silverware in hand, napkin draped over his chest, candles burning, plate empty, and no clothes (that we know of) except the hat which would be unacceptable at most dinner tables.
Yes, it’s based on a Thanksgiving 1965 incident of Arlo’s life, and was even made into a TV movie (imagine that) in 1969.
From Arlo’s littering episode, to being called up in the draft, it’s a hilarious and sing-along type song that comes in at 18 minutes and 34 glorious seconds.
Alice is Alice Brock a restaurant owner who bought a church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts where she and her husband lived, and was where the tune’s Thanksgiving dinners were actually held.
Click on the video, sit back and sing along to “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie, from Farm Aid in 2005.