View Poll Results: Did you listen to Alice's Restaurant today?
Yes- In 4-part harmony and full orchestration 141 43.12%
No- Sit on the Group W Bench. NOW, KID! 135 41.28%
Never heard it before- I WANNA KILL! 51 15.60%
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:06 PM
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Is Alice's Restaurant a tradition for your Thanksgiving?


Despite not growing up with it (I never heard the song until I was in college) I now try to find it every year. This year I watched the YouTube version, illustrated in MSPaint. How about you?
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:08 PM
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Who listened to Alice's Restaurant today?


It's a Thanksgiving tradition that can't be beat, and I never miss it. I can't be the only one that listens to it every year, so here's a simple poll.

If you haven't heard it before, you're missing out. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:12 PM
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Alice's Restaurant

23 minutes, +/-.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:13 PM
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Aside from the fact that I'm sitting next to you while you're listening to it, it's FIVE-part harmony. Just thought you'd want to know.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:13 PM
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Let's see how long it takes the mods to merge our threads. I beat you by two minutes!
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:17 PM
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Let's see how long it takes the mods to merge our threads. I beat you by two minutes!
Yeah, the poll killed me. Let's just say that great minds think alike.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:19 PM
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I thought about it.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:20 PM
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Yeah, the poll killed me. Let's just say that great minds think alike.
So two people did it?

You know what we're thinking.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:23 PM
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Playing now, in the kitchen, where the older daughter and her boyfriend have taken over the mashed potatoes and gravy detail.
(New this year, to replace the traditional mocking of the gravy I make. New boyfriend, too.)
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:26 PM
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So two people did it?

You know what we're thinking.
Yeah, but if 50 -- FIFTY -- people do it...
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:27 PM
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I said no, thinking I have probably heard it at some point on the radio not knowing what it was. I just went to listen to it on Youtube and I've never heard this song in my life, so change my vote to never heard it.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:34 PM
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I tried to listen to it when I heard about it last year (or the year before), but it wasn't my cup of tea.
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:42 PM
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Getting ready to listen to it now, thanks for reminding me!!
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Old 11-24-2011, 12:53 PM
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I had never listened to it all the way through before, but I watched the illustrated Youtube video mentioned in the OP of the other thread, and it was absolutely hilarious. My parents said you had to have been around during the Vietnam War draft to really understand it, but it made enough sense to me.
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:06 PM
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I like the song, but never liked the movie version.
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:14 PM
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Never heard of the tradition, but it sounds like a good one. I think I'll make a suggestion at the neighborhood shindig I'm going to to later today. I'm sure the folks there will buy in.

For what it's worth, we actually live pretty close to this Alice's Restaurant. It's funky enough to be the real thing, even though it isn't, and it always made a nice pit stop when we were out on our bikes doing some serious hill climbing. (Bicycle, not motorbike as in the pictures.)

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I voted that I have never heard it, but I don't know what the stuff about killing has to do with it... I have no emotional feelings about it one way or the other. I've heard of it, but don't even know who did it.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:02 PM
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I certainly remember it from the good ole days, but I've never heard of a Thanksgiving tradition. Why didn't I get the memo?
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:06 PM
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Listening to it right now.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:15 PM
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I certainly remember it from the good ole days, but I've never heard of a Thanksgiving tradition. Why didn't I get the memo?
The story takes place on Thanksgiving. As a result, there are a ton of radio stations that play it on Thanksgiving and have for years.

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I voted that I have never heard it, but I don't know what the stuff about killing has to do with it...
That's what makes the song funny. It's an old protest song by Arlo Guthrie.
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I voted that I have never heard it, but I don't know what the stuff about killing has to do with it... I have no emotional feelings about it one way or the other. I've heard of it, but don't even know who did it.
You're not a child of the 60's, I take it. For those of us who are, it's an anti-war anthem of the irony genre, embedded in our psyche.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:20 PM
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Just finished hearing it on the west coast! It actually plays at two stations here in the Seattle area; a classic rock and a triple-A statiton, both at noon.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:44 PM
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Not today, but I've listened to it on Thanksgiving a couple times before.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:56 PM
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KSHE-95 in St Louis has played Alice's Restaurant at noon on Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. Great song, but this is the only time I listen to it anymore.

They also play Adam Sandler's Thanksgiving song afterwards- could probably stop that tradition, though.
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I'll vote after I listen to it later. Will ahve to play that for my dad over the phone; I'd almost forgotten that he used to play that on his guitar at Thanksgiving, lol.
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:37 PM
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Driving to Grandma's house, we almost always hear it. My wife forbids me to sing along - or talk along, as the case may be. I could quote almost every line, with perfect timing and intonation.

It's an epic masterpiece.
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Old 11-24-2011, 05:55 PM
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No, I've got eleventy billion channels on XM plus my normal terrestrial radio and couldn't find it during the 25 minute drive from my house to my parents. Normally I at least catch part of it. I did notice a lot of stations playing Michael Jackson songs though. Coincidence, or was there a reason for that?
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We didn't listen to the WHOLE song, as we reached our destination shortly after noon, but we changed the station to catch it.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:32 PM
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Kid, I found this thread at the bottom of a half ton of garbage.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:33 PM
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I am listening right now. Thanks for the reminder!
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:43 PM
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Last year I downloaded it from Itunes so that I would no longer have to be in my car at the right moment in order to hear it.

BTW, I am in my mid-30's so the song is technically before my time, but it has definitely been part of my Thanksgiving since around the time I was in HS.


~You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant~~~~
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I merged the two Alice's Restaurant threads.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:21 PM
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Last year I downloaded it from Itunes so that I would no longer have to be in my car at the right moment in order to hear it.

BTW, I am in my mid-30's so the song is technically before my time, but it has definitely been part of my Thanksgiving since around the time I was in HS.


~You can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant~~~~
I'm 31 and saw Arlo in concert.
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Despite not growing up with it (I never heard the song until I was in college) I now try to find it every year. This year I watched the YouTube version, illustrated in MSPaint. How about you?
Link? MSPaint version should be awesome.
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Link? MSPaint version should be awesome.
Try this,
Part One
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I'm 31 and saw Arlo in concert.
I saw him several years ago playing at my local community college auditorium. Best show Iíve ever seen. I was about thirty feet away from Arlo during the entire performance. He hung out in the lobby after the show mingling with the fans and signing autographs, but unfortunately I didnít get a chance to talk to him.
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My clock radio went off this morning just as Obie was slippin' on the handcuffs.
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You're not a child of the 60's, I take it. For those of us who are, it's an anti-war anthem of the irony genre, embedded in our psyche.
Nope, born 1972.
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I listen to the song whenever it pops up, unless I'm not in the mood for an eighteen minute song, and press "skip". It's not a Thanksgiving song for me; it's just a song.

I've met Guthrie, if meeting means that he shopped at the Paysaver in Pittsfield where I worked.
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I voted that I have never heard it, but I don't know what the stuff about killing has to do with it... I have no emotional feelings about it one way or the other. I've heard of it, but don't even know who did it.
What do you need, twenty-seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one is?

I was listening to it on my way to the dump. Who expects a dump to be closed on Thanksgiving?
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What do you need, twenty-seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one is?
She needs a seeing eye dog.
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Never heard of it until this thread. I have now listened to one third of it and hope I never come across it again.
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Never heard of it until this thread. I have now listened to one third of it and hope I never come across it again.
Do you judge a book by its cover, too?
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Do you judge a book by its cover, too?
I hardly think suffering through a full third of the song (i.e. over 7 minutes) is equivalent to just looking at a book's cover.
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I hardly think suffering through a full third of the song (i.e. over 7 minutes) is equivalent to just looking at a book's cover.
Then you need to sit on the Group W bench alongside the mother stabbers and the father rapers.
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I hardly think suffering through a full third of the song (i.e. over 7 minutes) is equivalent to just looking at a book's cover.
There's no point in arguing with you, but I will point out that 7 minutes just scratches the surface of the song. You didn't even get to where he goes to the induction center and gets told he's not moral enough to kill people and burn villages for being a litterbug.

The best part about this song? It's true. Stylized, perhaps, but it actually happened.
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I know the song and like it just fine, but no it's not a tradition ( i.e. I don't specifically seek it out on Thanksgiving ).
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What do you need, twenty-seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one is?

I was listening to it on my way to the dump. Who expects a dump to be closed on Thanksgiving?
My local dump is open from 10 AM-2PM. And they're definitely closed on Holidays. I realize you're joking - but at least in the movie the VW Microbus dumps stuff like old car parts and sofas - not just uneatable Feast Foodstuffs.

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The best part about this song? It's true. Stylized, perhaps, but it actually happened.
And again, movie-wise, William Obenheim plays himself as Officer Obie.
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And again, movie-wise, William Obenheim plays himself as Officer Obie.
He explained to Newsweek Magazine that making himself look like a fool was preferable to letting someone else make him look like a fool.
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I merged the two Alice's Restaurant threads.

Did you decide that one big thread is better than two little ones?
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