Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and 45 years ago, give or take, American folksinger Arlo Guthrie gave this country the ultimate Thanksgiving song: Alice’s Restaurant.
It’s more spoken-word than song, and it’s also a largely true, hilariously reverse-Catch 22 saga of why the Army refused to draft Guthrie into the Vietnam War. It was because he had been convicted of littering — one Thanksgiving Day in Stockbridge, Mass.
For more on the the story behind the song, and Alice, and the restaurant, look here.
My all time favorite radio station, WHFS-FM, used to play this 18:34 tune every year on Thanksgiving. Thanks to reader and fellow HFS fan Andrew Thacker for reminding me of that.