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  • "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (1967)


    Based on true events - a fated trip to a city dump in Stockbridge, Mass., on Thanksgiving Day, that resulted in a detour to jail - Arlo Guthrie's humorous monologue/folk song "Alice's Restaurant," about Good Samaritanism running afoul of the law, and of the draft, has regaled generations.

    The "massacree" (a humorous telling of an improbable story) was a whopping 18 minutes long - too long for Top 40 radio airplay, but not for adventurous FM stations that made it a favorite.

    Since its debut, the song has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition, and not just in the Berkshires. And while the tale inspired a 1969 movie starring Guthrie, the song has also undergone revisions over the years, as Guthrie changed lyrics during concert appearances to accommodate the politics of the day.

    Play excerpt from "Alice's Restaurant"

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