Alice’s Restaurant Massacre, My Thanksgiving Music

I’ve listened to this song every Thanksgiving since I was 9. I remember in Detroit I would camp out next to my little clock radio and go from channel to channel trying to find the song. I would listen to it as many times as I could.


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Thanks to officer Obie, we have Arlo Guthrie’s ballad, Alice’s Restaurant Massacre. Learn about Obie at Arlo,net

After the ordeal, we went back to the jail. Obie said he was going to put us in the cell. Said, “Kid, I’m going to put you in the cell, I want your wallet and your belt.”

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And I said, “Obie, I can understand you wanting my wallet so I don’t have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you want my belt for?”

And he said, “Kid, we don’t want any hangings.”

I said, “Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?”

Obie said he was making sure, and friends Obie was, cause he took out the
toilet seat so I couldn’t hit myself over the head and drown, and he took
out the toilet paper so I couldn’t bend the bars roll out the – roll the
toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie
was making sure, and it was about four or five hours later that Alice
(remember Alice? It’s a song about Alice), Alice came by and with a few
nasty words to Obie on the side, bailed us out of jail, and we went back
to the church, had a another thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat,
and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we all had to go to court.