A Thanksgiving Tradition, “Alice’s Restaurant” from Arlo Guthrie
I've been in radio for over 30 years and this song just, some way, became a signature tune for the Thanksgiving holiday.
I had a chance a few years ago to see Arlo Guthrie in concert and it was amazing. He had a ton of stories from the past, especially the late 60's and the 70's. Arlo followed in his father's, Woody Guthrie, footsteps and penned songs about social injustice. Story is that Bob Dylan made a trip to visit Woody Guthrie on his deathbed early in his career.
Arlo had a lot of stories about growing up the son of Woody Guthrie. He talked about growing up listening to his father and his famous musician friends making music in the house.
Arlo picked up where his father left off but, of course, puts a hippy type spin to it all. "Alice's Restaurant" is a prime example of Arlo Guthrie's story telling talent.