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 11-27-2013, 08:25 AM
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I've heard the song, I've seen the videos. Is it worth trying to find a copy of the movie?
No, it isn't.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:03 AM
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I agree. The movie is a lot less fun than the song.
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No, it isn't.
As a great fan of Arlo and that song, I cannot but agree.




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If you're looking at the movie just as an adaption of the song then it disappoints

I still thought it was good otherwise though
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:09 PM
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Well, I'm working in the ER today, so I'm the one that's inspecting, injecting every single part of 'em and I ain't leavin' no part untouched.
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Old 11-28-2013, 06:13 PM
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I've heard the song, I've seen the videos. Is it worth trying to find a copy of the movie?
As Far As I'm Concerned, it's a lousy movie, but if you want to be an Arlo Guthrie Fan Club member, you must be subjected to it as part of the initiation.
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Yes! Yes it is a tradition, and thank you for reminding me!

Dah, dum, dum...
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:51 PM
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°Chingada madreóI almost forget! Just getting ready to eat. Iíll listen to it while Iím serving myself. This is the first Turkey Day since momís passing, and I buried her with her Arlo Guthrie autograph from a show at the MGM Grand. She was the one who started the tradition in our family.
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I've heard the song once.

Never felt much call to hear it a second time.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:43 AM
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Okay, my Alice's Restaurant stories.

I wasn't much into listening to radio. I first heard this song in spring of 1969, at my High School Senior Talent Show, where one student performed it. (When I eventually heard the actual song, which I think was at least a year later, I realized he had performed it very well.)

A few years later, off at college, I learned that he (the student who performed it) is gay. Remember, this was at a time when this was something you didn't want to have widely known.

Question for thought: Do you suppose that gay student must have found it upsetting or offensive to sing "And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them"?

Okay, now fast-forward 43-some years, to November 2012. In a thread about belly-rubbing Mexicans, I posted this little parody, including this line at Post #29:
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And if two Mexicans, two Mexicans do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them.
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Senegoid, I realize that this is a parody of Alice's Restaurant, but many people may not recognize it. In any case, let's avoid the gratuitous use of offensive terms like "faggot" in this forum.

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How our sensitivities have evolved! And who'da ever thunk that there might be anybody who hasn't heard Alice's Restaurant?
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:39 PM
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Heard of what?
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And who'da ever thunk that there might be anybody who hasn't heard Alice's Restaurant?
I know! It's almost like there are people out there who weren't alive in the sixties!
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I know! It's almost like there are people out there who weren't alive in the sixties!
That's funny, I heard it first ini the late 70's.
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Yearly bump for the East Coasters. The traditional noon broadcasts start, fittingly enough, 18 1/2 minutes from now.

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This is the 12st century. I'm YouTubing it.
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How our sensitivities have evolved!
Recently the local classic rock station was playing Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" and they skipped past the verse with

That little faggot's got his own jet airplane,
That little faggot is a millionaire.


I was extremely disappointed, because I was singing along with the Al Yankovic/Beverly Hillbillies lyrics, and I especially like singing the part with

That little Clampett's got his own cement pond,
That little Clampett is a millionaire.

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This is the 12st century. I'm YouTubing it.
That was supposed to be '21st' century.
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We just listened to it. I might play it again later.
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Here in Portland, Kink 101.9 fm will be playing it at noon left coast time. I'm the only one here at work, and I'll be listening.
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I, your humble OP, missed it this year because we were on vacation in the Bahamas. Now I have to go YouTube it, too.
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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.
WDIZ in central Florida played it at the same time forever, as did one of the rock stations in Jacksonville. The last time I went back to Jax for T-giving, I wasn't able to find it, and I found that the stations had swapped formats.

I always pull the song up and play it via youtube. It makes me laugh.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:21 PM
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I don't currently have a copy of the original, so I listened to the 30th anniversary version (same cover pose, except Arlo's hair is gray), which includes both the Chip Carter story and the priceless comment "I only made one movie....because I saw it". Then I coincidentally turned on the radio just as WXRT was playing the original. A couple Thanksgivings ago I was in New York and tried to make a pilgrimage to the building on Whitehall Street, but it seems not to exist anymore.
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It's that time again, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the events that inspired it! Don't forget to listen.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:27 PM
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Just played it. It's still early; I may play the remake version later.
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Old 11-26-2015, 06:47 PM
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Thanks for the bump. I've got it on now as I'm watching the bread rise.
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Old 11-26-2015, 07:16 PM
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Still Arlo, but maybe something you haven't heard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSF8...PL8A953F5485B0
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:28 PM
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Watching him on PBS now
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WRNR in Annapolis played it on Thanksgiving. I don't know if they do it every tear, but I'll definitely listen next year to find out. I hadn't heard it in years.
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Old 11-27-2015, 11:25 AM
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I never heard of it until the early eighties, but it's an old favorite of mine. It is not, however, a Thanksgiving tradition.
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You want to know if I'm moral enough to join the army, burn woman, kids, houses and villages after being a little bug?
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My tradition is to start paying attention about a week before Thanksgiving, to see if I will catch it on the radio. When I do hear it, I will smile a gentle and radiant smile of warm familiarity. Then after about four minutes I remember just how interminably long it is, and switch the channel.

Later in the evening I will google up the lyrics, and read the last ten verses or so, just for closure.

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I thought you all might find this interesting. It purports to be the newspaper report form the original incident:

http://grubbstreet.blogspot.com/2015...years-ago.html
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It's that time again! I'll be out of town this year and don't know if I'll get to hear about the massacree on the radio but I know I'll be thinking of Arlo when we sit down to our feast.
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In Portland it will play at noon PST on KISN 95.1 FM.
edited to add: And this website has a pretty good list of stations that will be playing it this year.

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We're listening to it right now. It's a Thanksgiving tradition that can't be beat!
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This will be the 39th year in a row for me. Wouldn't miss it. Got to see Arlo do it several times, one time it was about a 15,000 part harmony. I'll jump in next time it comes around....
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I wake up before everyone else and I'll play it while doing prep. Today I learned I can peel 10 pounds of Yukon golds during the song.


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Amazingly, I heard the whole thing yesterday, without even really trying.

I had to work yesterday -- put in 10 hours -- just as I was leaving the parking lot to head home, it started up on the local oldies station. I've got about a ten minute commute that I stretched out to fifteen or so just so I could join the kids on the Group W bench.

(I caught the last few bars sitting in my car in the garage)

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So we'll wait till it comes around again, and this time with four part harmony and feeling
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I wake up before everyone else and I'll play it while doing prep. Today I learned I can peel 10 pounds of Yukon golds during the song.


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About an hour from now it’s coming back around on the guitar...
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Already listened to it, a bit early, a few minutes ago ! Thanks for the reminder!
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This will be the 39th year in a row for me. Wouldn't miss it. Got to see Arlo do it several times, one time it was about a 15,000 part harmony. I'll jump in next time it comes around....
Ok....here it comes....

You can get anything you want.....
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Just finished listening to it with the Missus and a finely rolled joint.
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Old 11-23-2017, 10:49 PM
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Forgot to play it earlier, but listener currently.
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Heard it twice today. Now I will be humming it for a week. Love Arlo!
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Thanks for the reminder. I'm still cleaning up so I think it counts even though it's after midnight...
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Old 11-24-2017, 03:54 AM
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WRNR in Annapolis played it on Thanksgiving. I don't know if they do it every tear, but I'll definitely listen next year to find out. I hadn't heard it in years.
So did they play it this year? We're in Florida this Thanksgiving. (I live in northern Calvert County, comfortably inside their broadcast radius.)
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Ok....here it comes....

You can get anything you want.....
At Alice's restaurant. Exceptin' Alice.
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