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It Wouldn’t Be Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009
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Did I ever tell you I’m my mother’s hippy lovechild? Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration.  My mother was a hippy and my father played folk songs on the guitar. But they were married.

As much as I am no hippy, I still have a bit of a soft spot for the movement. And today, I play folk songs on my father’s old guitar.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for this song. And every year at this time it is played on the radio, but there may be some of you out there who have never heard it. Or people who may have heard a little bit of it, but never really listened to the whole song.

Plus I have no idea what station might play it in Albany, if it is even played at all.

So here I will start a little FLB holiday tradition of our own. It’s a long song.  A long long song.  That has now been sung for an even longer time.  So maybe sit down and take a break with the video, if you have an 18 minute window in your cooking schedule.  Or maybe after your meal, when you are feeling sluggish and don’t want to talk with your family, excuse yourself and watch these eighteen minutes and thirty six seconds.

Because it is a fun song. It is a classic song. But it is also an important song. It all starts on Thanksgiving, and I like to listen to it every year.

Hope you enjoy the song and have a wonderful holiday.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonathan permalink
    November 26, 2009 12:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing. This brought back memories, my mom and I saw Arlo at The Troy Savings Bank, around thanksgiving, maybee 12 years ago. Some of these old folkies are the only common ground we can share. Anyways, live the song is over a half hour. Cause every 5 minutes or so he has to stop the song to tell a story. He comes around every year or two. I would reccomend seeing him, very engaging. One of those, last of a dying breed. Happy thanksgiving!!

  2. Mr. Sunshine permalink
    November 26, 2009 1:35 pm

    It’s the greatest Thanksgiving song! BTW, I was surprised to learn that Arlo is a registered Republican!

  3. Ellen Whitby permalink
    November 26, 2009 11:29 pm

    This is my favorite Thanksgiving song. I actually picked up an LP of this from a yard sale for a quarter.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Fussy.

  4. jess permalink
    November 27, 2009 1:28 pm

    The video isn’t showing up for me! Which song is it?

  5. jess permalink
    November 27, 2009 1:29 pm

    Oh duh. I should have read the previous comments.
    I once used the text of Alice’s Restaurant in an appendix to a college research paper.

  6. phairhead permalink
    November 28, 2009 9:05 pm

    weqx plays it every year. traditions!

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