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Does anyone else subject the family to "Alice's Restaurant" as part of their Thanksgiving traditions?


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6 hours ago, Slache said:

No. I used to work there though. I've never seen the movie. I should.

I often sing "Good Morning America, How Are You?" or whatever it's called by Arlo. My kids have it memorized.

That was our folk song to learn one month. We had a kick with that one, especially when we'd hear it piping over the loudspeaker while shopping.

Another fun folk song was the Charlie on the MBTA Song (Especially when a salesperson would disappear, and we'd start the chorus... "Did he ever come back? no he never came back...")

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3 hours ago, Ditto said:

I have never heard of it.  What is it?

A long folk song by Arlo Guthrie in which part of the song takes place in Thanksgiving, 1965. Here's the Wikipedia page. You may want to listen to it at least once since according to the Library if Congress it is, "culturally, historically, or artistically significant." But set yourself up in a comfortable chair, with a drink at hand, and a puzzle to work on.

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I love that song! It’s awesome. We had to fill out some papers yesterday when we got our booster shot and I asked my husband, “Are you having fun filling out the forms?” and he said, “Yup, and playing with the pencils.”

The song is hilarious and we love listening to it.

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1 hour ago, Garga said:

I love that song! It’s awesome. We had to fill out some papers yesterday when we got our booster shot and I asked my husband, “Are you having fun filling out the forms?” and he said, “Yup, and playing with the pencils.”

The song is hilarious and we love listening to it.

There are so many good lines.

For example, "Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?" is a much better thing to say to your toddler than "Are you ready to come out of time out?" 

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Well I would have said my kids were familiar with it, but I asked and I was wrong. So I am not sure we will listen to it together or I'll just send them the link. One of my kids hates any "story song" and always has, so it might be 18+ minutes of torture for us all. 

Dang, I thought we had done a good job with US culture studies, but I missed that one.

Not a big Arlo fan in general, though I do have a certain fondness for Coming into Los Angeles.  And no, I cannot relate to the song from personal experience. 😄

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My father's family used to have the movie on every year on Thanksgiving. The only thing that would pre-empt the movie would be a Patriots game.

DH and I just listened/sang along to the song on the radio in the kitchen while cooking. It's on in the Boston radio market every Thanksgiving at noon.

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3 minutes ago, Noreen Claire said:

My father's family used to have the movie on every year on Thanksgiving. The only thing that would pre-empt the movie would be a Patriots game.

DH and I just listened/sang along to the song on the radio in the kitchen while cooking. It's on in the Boston radio market every Thanksgiving at noon.

Apparently, a Philly station plays it many versions throughout the day every year. Today I learned that I apparently don't listen to the radio on Thanksgiving because I had never heard it before.

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12 hours ago, Slache said:

No. I used to work there though. I've never seen the movie. I should.

I often sing "Good Morning America, How Are You?" or whatever it's called by Arlo. My kids have it memorized.

Steve Goodman wrote that and played it  for Arlo, have you heard his version? I loved his songs, especially that one and Donald &Lydia.

Oh, except Prine wrote D &L. I never knew that

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No but our Thanksgiving tradition is to have the Macy's parade on in the background while working in the kitchen.

10 minutes ago, Idalou said:

Steve Goodman wrote that and played it  for Arlo, have you heard his version? I loved his songs, especially that one and Donald &Lydia.

Oh, except Prine wrote D &L. I never knew that

I used to love John Prine! It's so sad that Covid took him from us.

Steve Goodman and John Prine wrote the perfect country western song. 😄 (You Never Even Called Me By My Name)

 

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On 11/25/2021 at 7:57 AM, EmilyGF said:

That was our folk song to learn one month. We had a kick with that one, especially when we'd hear it piping over the loudspeaker while shopping.

Another fun folk song was the Charlie on the MBTA Song (Especially when a salesperson would disappear, and we'd start the chorus... "Did he ever come back? no he never came back...")

Where did you live as a child? I lived in Boston and we learned Charlie on MTA and I thought that it was a song local to Boston. That was about 50 years ago now so maybe it changed if they changed the name of the Mass Transit Authority?

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ok, before I invest my morning into this, how does the movie relate to the song? Like, someone took the lyrics to the song and made them into a full movie, the movie came first and the song was part of the sound track, or?

Never mind - just read the Wiki on it. 

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