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On Restaurants and Thanksgiving

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

If this feels redundant it is. Every year since the FLB started, we have featured a version of this post. And I like it. Deep down, I’m a hippy at heart, and the sentiment of those posts rings true.

Last year we found a newer video of this classic Thanksgiving song. Now some may say it’s not a Thanksgiving song. Those are probably the same people who will tell you that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.

What am I talking about? Well, I’ll show you.

Yes, it’s Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie and illustrated by a fellow named Andrew Colunga. It features the original 1967 and full version of the song.

This is an important song. It’s a funny song. But it’s also a long song. So it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, when you might be stuck with your family, and need to get some kind of escape or relief.

Or, at least it used to be, in those bygone days when Thanksgiving was a day when everyone stayed at home, and there were no pre-Black Friday sales at national retailers.

I grumble. But that’s a small complaint in comparison to those who have much bigger problems. Today, I’m thankful for lots of things. Listening to this song every year reminds me of some of them. It’s a Thanksgiving tradition of mine. And if it’s one of yours, I hope you enjoy this updated video.

If it’s not one of yours, I encourage you to try the video. Maybe it will resonate with you, and become a new Thanksgiving tradition.

Or maybe, something will happen to you this Thanksgiving that will start an epic story all your own. And then you can write your own song about it.

Best wishes for a delicious and meaningful Thanksgiving.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2018 6:58 pm

    For local readers in the Cap District, it is worth pointing out that Alice’s Restaurant was located in Strowbridge MA, half an hour east of Albany on 90. Get off the freeway at the exit just before the state line and you can wander through the village (I have not actually tried to locate the site of Alice’s) and return to the Mass Pike at Exit 1.


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