Alice’s Restaurant Massacre Illustrated


This song is called Alice’s Restaurant. It’s about Alice and the restaurant, But Alice’s Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant it’s just the name of the song, and that’s why I called the song Alice’s Restaurant [Laughter] You can get anything you want At Alice’s Restaurant You can get anything you want At Alice’s Restaurant Walk right in it’s around the back Just a half-mile from the railroad track, And you can get anythign you want at Alice’s Restaurant Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on – two years ago on Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the Restaurant, but Alice doesn’t live in the restaurant, she lives in the church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and Fasha the dog. And livin’ in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of room downstairs where the pews used to be in. Havin’ all that room, seein’ as how they took out all the pews they decided that they didn’t have to take out their garbage for a long time. We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it’d be a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So we took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the city dump. Well we got there, and there was a big sign and a chain across across the Dump saying, And we had never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage. We didn’t find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the cliff was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we decided to throw our’s down. That’s what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “We found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope under that garbage.” [Laughter] After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down and pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the Police officer’s station. So we got in the red VW microbus with the shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the Police officer’s station. Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at the police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn’t very likely, and we didn’t expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out and told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again, which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer’s station there was a third possibility that we hadn’t even counted upon, and we was both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said “Obie, I don’t think I can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on.” He said, “Shut up, kid. Get in the back of the patrol car.” And that’s what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the quote “Scene of the Crime” unquote. I want tell you about the town of Stockbridge, Massachusets, where this happened here, they got three stop signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the “Scene of the Crime” there was five police officers and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer’s station. They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and they took twenty seven, eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach, The getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner, and that’s not to mention the aerial photography. 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.” 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. We walked in, sat down, Obie came in with the twenty seven, eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, sat down. Man came in said, “All rise.” We all stood up, and Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures, and the judge walked in sat down with a seeing eye dog, and he sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog. And then at twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry, ’cause Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American blind justice, and there wasn’t nothing he could do about it, and the judge wasn’t going to look at the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us. And we was fined $50 and had to pick up the garbage in the snow, but that’s not what I came to tell you about. [Laughter] Came to talk about the draft. They got a building down New York City, it’s called Whitehall Street, Where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected, neglected and selected. I went down to get my physical examination one day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so I looked and felt my best when I went in that morning. `Cause I wanted to look like the all-American kid from New York City, man I wanted, I wanted to feel like the all-, I wanted to be the all American kid from New York, And I walked in, sat down, I was hung down, brung down, hung up, and all kinds o’ mean nasty ugly things. And I waked in and sat down and they gave me a piece of paper, said, And I went up there, I said, “I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. And I started jumpin up and down yelling, and he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down yelling, And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me, Sent me down the hall, said “You’re our boy.” Didn’t feel too good about it. Proceeded on down the hall gettin more injections, inspections, detections, neglections and all kinds of stuff that they was doin’
to me at the thing there, and I was there for two hours, three hours, four hours, I was there for a long time going through
all kinds of mean nasty ugly things and I was just having a tough time there, and they was inspecting, injecting every single part of me, and they was leaving no part untouched. Proceeded through, and when I finally came to the see the last man, I walked in, walked in sat down after a whole big thing there, And I walked up and said, He said, And I proceeded to tell him the
story of the Alice’s Restaurant Massacre, with full orchestration and five
part harmony and stuff like that and all the phenome… – and he stopped me right there and said, And I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and the paragraph on the back of each one, and he stopped me right there and said, And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W’s where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty
ugly looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean ‘n’ ugly ‘n’ nasty ‘n’ horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me and said, I said, “I didn’t get nothing,
I had to pay $50 and pick up the garbage.” He said, And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it up and said, and talked for forty-five minutes and nobody understood a word that he said, but we had fun filling out the forms and playing with the pencils on the bench there, and I filled out the massacre with the four part harmony, and wrote it down there, just like it was, and everything was fine and I put down the pencil, and I turned over the piece of paper, and there, there on the other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on the other side, in parentheses, capital letters, quotated, read the following words: I went over to the sargent, said, “Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to
ask me if I’ve rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I’m sittin’ here on the bench, I mean I’m sittin here on the group W bench ’cause you want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein’ a litterbug.” [Laughter] He looked at me and said, “Kid, we don’t like your kind, and we’re gonna send your fingerprints off to Washington.” And friends, somewhere in
Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I’m singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if you’re in a situation like
that there’s only one thing you can do, and that’s walk into the shrink wherever you are, just walk in say, and walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And if three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement. And that’s what it is,
The Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and all you got to do to join is sing it
the next time it come’s around on the guitar. With feeling. So we’ll wait for it to come around on the guitar, here and sing it when it does. Here it comes. You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant.
You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant. Walk right in it’s around the back, just a half-a-mile from the railroad track. You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant. That was horrible. [Laughter] If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing loud. I’ve been singing this song now for twenty five minutes. I could sing it for another twenty five minutes. I’m not proud… or tired. So we’ll wait till it comes around again, and this time with four part harmony and feeling. We’re just waitin’ for it to come around is what we’re doing. All right now. You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant. Excepting Alice! You can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant. Walk right in it’s around the back, just a half a mile from the railroad track. And you can get anything you want, at Alice’s Restaurant. Da da da da da da da dum At Alice’s Restaurant! [Applause]

100 Comments

  1. sully said:

    thanks for posting this!
     Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. Yes, even those of you on the "group W" bench : )

    November 28, 2014
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  2. notthatinnocent86 said:

    I just came here to listen to this song because its been like 2 years since I last heard it. I completely forgot it was anything related to thanksgiving 😀

    November 28, 2014
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  3. r1g0r said:

    thank you arlo for a song that has lasted almost 50 years!

    November 28, 2014
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  4. notthatinnocent86 said:

    Whats the instrument that sounds like a rice shaker that plays throughout the song?

    December 28, 2014
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  5. Abiasaf López said:

    bahhaha i watched the whole thing.

    April 27, 2015
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  6. gentlefire100 said:

    That was awesome!

    May 5, 2015
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  7. Mary Burkhardt said:

    I was 10 in 1965 and the Viet Nam War was so confusing to us. Two of my cousins went–one came through o.k. The moral question of taking part in all of the criminal behavior of our military was VERY troubling. Being the brilliant son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo gave humor and voice to what we all were struggling with and I am grateful. Thank you, Arlo!!!

    May 19, 2015
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  8. Enchantress18 said:

    ~^.^~
    Real Life Can Be Funny~
    Love the song and Pictures
    <3

    November 12, 2015
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  9. 2rockwolf3 said:

    You did an AWESOME JOB CREATING THIS WONDERFUL-SONG-STORY!!!
    Thx a bunch!!

    November 20, 2015
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  10. Michael O'Shea McGoldrick said:

    You are fantastic! We used to go arm and arm in the halls of high school repeating this wonderful story/song…

    November 24, 2015
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  11. bartmansan said:

    Happy Thanksgiving Eve, eve — 2015.

    The 2015 version — "Can you imagine 50 people a day, walking into your local Court House and saying; "We're mad as hell, and we're NOT going to take it anymore!" — They'd think it was a MOVEMENT!"

    November 25, 2015
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  12. Todd B said:

    Listened to this song every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. Today I am thankful for finding this awesome illustrated version! Thank you!

    November 26, 2015
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  13. Don Mahaffey Weaver II D2D Car and Truck Desks said:

    Nice job! Well Played!

    November 26, 2015
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  14. Dale Benson said:

    This is brilliant. Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 26, 2015
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  15. ceajohnson1 said:

    I have loved this song since I first heard it years ago, but this illustrated version adds a entirely new and wholly entertaining dimension to the lyrical genius – fantastic job, sir!

    November 27, 2015
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  16. pat mallory said:

    It really WAS around the back, and about a half a mile from the railroad track.

    November 27, 2015
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  17. Henry Porter said:

    Been listening to this song for many decades now… loved seeing the illustrations.
    Happy Thanksgiving 2015.

    November 27, 2015
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  18. Tony Russomanno said:

    This Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 2015, was the 50th anniversary of Arlo's arrest. (He was arrested the day after the Thanksgiving day that fell on Nov. 25 of that year, 1965.) The album was released in 1967. It was an immediate turntable hit on WBAI, the Pacifica Foundation's FM radio station in New York, where I first heard it as a 17-year old kid about to graduate high school, turn 18, register for the draft, and hope to hang on to a college deferment at least long enough until I figured out some other way to avoid Vietnam. So, a lot of my personal history is very tightly woven throughout Arlo's song with its cheerful fatalism.

    Over the past 24 hours, I've probably listened to it or read things about it more times than in the past 50 years combined, but Andy Colunga's wonderful line drawings and his invitation to discuss the importance of the song on a generation is both the most entertaining and evocative. I'm happy to have found it today. Thanks, Andy, for the nice work.

    I have one more personal memory to share. Although Arlo's advice never kept me out of Vietnam, Abbie Hoffman's advice did. In 1971, with the war's meat grinder about to force the end of student deferments, I was in the first draft lottery and received an alarmingly low number, but Hoffman found a loophole. If anyone was 1-A for any part of a calendar year and was not drafted in that year, they were automatically moved to the lowest draft category on Jan. 1 of the following year. So, on Dec. 31 at 4:59 pm, I walked into the office of my local draft board in Morristown, NJ and handed them a letter stating that I wished to be reclassified 1-A.

    I truly do remember seeing the appreciative look on the faces of the board members and hearing Arlo's words in my head, "You're our boy." I looked at the clock as I walked out. It was 5pm. The board secretary accompanied me to the door and locked it behind me, ending business for the day and for the year. In my head again I heard the verse that Arlo suggested we sing. I was part of the Alice's Restaurant Anti Mass-a-cree movement, and I was free.

    November 27, 2015
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  19. JOE LAWRENCE said:

    genius

    November 29, 2015
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  20. Theodore Kidd said:

    Love art!

    November 29, 2015
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  21. Robert Camp said:

    Just so long as youve not editted the contents of the colored glossy 8x10s

    December 28, 2015
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  22. GLFH said:

    A P P L A U S E 😀 !!!

    March 7, 2016
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  23. xlavalamp said:

    this is so funny I love it

    April 12, 2016
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  24. WolfBrain908 said:

    shrink! 🎶you can get anything you want, at alice's restaurant!🎶

    April 14, 2016
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  25. Rachele McMartin said:

    BEST hour I've spent laughing in my life. Obviously, I watched it several times. Then posted to FB under the heading, "In Quotations." " ' In Bold Lettering.' " "IF YOU NEED A GOOD LAUGH YOU MUST LISTEN/WATCH." Thanx for bringing this to the attn of "our" generation; I was very tired of explaining who Arlo Guthrie was to 100 musically illiterate friends.

    April 30, 2016
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  26. APPsolute Mobile Marketing said:

    It's the Alice's Restaurant Massacree, not Massacre. FYI.

    May 3, 2016
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  27. frostcrackle said:

    am i not getting the message of alice's restaurant, or am i trying to hard to get it? can someone explain it to me? XD my teacher suggested this to me

    May 6, 2016
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  28. icar smith said:

    great job!! congrats! 😉

    September 22, 2016
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  29. DaWest said:

    Who's here for Thanksgiving?

    November 9, 2016
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  30. Verona Humphreys said:

    this will always hold a special place in my heart

    November 12, 2016
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  31. Lauren Ha Ha Rock On! said:

    I'm enjoying this at the right time of the year and – it's the 50th Anniversary of Alice's Restaurant (The Massacree) Song. This is so great! Heard it first in the 70's, love his album and his songs, this was the and is the best, it makes me laugh and wonder if I'd ever end up in this same situation, really seem's to be my kind of luck. It's funny, brings much laughter and fun smile's for many years. Thanks for Arlo Guthrie – this is great!

    November 24, 2016
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  32. Laura Lyn said:

    Loved this! Such a great tradition listening to the song. Thanks Andy for adding a new tradition starting this year, I will remember to watch every Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    November 24, 2016
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  33. Kathleen Ann Bianco said:

    Love the illustrated story…thank you! Wonderful!

    November 24, 2016
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  34. Dakota Sage said:

    Really enjoyed your accompanying artwork, Andrew. Nice JOB!!!

    November 25, 2016
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  35. LaneEllory __ said:

    Good job! I can't believe you drew this!

    November 25, 2016
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  36. Cyber Gypsy said:

    This must have been a LOT of hard work. We all appreciate your efforts. Very cool…

    November 25, 2016
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  37. Lucian Cruor said:

    That was utterly delightful!

    November 29, 2016
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  38. Mike Boland said:

    he sounds like white Katt Williams.

    January 13, 2017
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  39. Christian Napper said:

    shouldnt the drawing be like the movie he made about this song?

    January 29, 2017
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  40. Andrew Altman said:

    Simply delightful

    April 2, 2017
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  41. Ed said:

    I can't stop listening to this

    May 13, 2017
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  42. CyanCybershockALT said:

    this is art

    June 4, 2017
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  43. {{{{Ké SiNGS}}}} said:

    Doughnuts 😉

    August 7, 2017
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  44. wavygr said:

    A true fan knows the real name of Alice's Restaurant which I think is the Back Room Rest.

    September 19, 2017
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  45. Tuna Comix, Inc. said:

    2:06 wtfuture reference

    November 5, 2017
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  46. Julia Ledford said:

    Best Thanksgiving Story ever…

    November 20, 2017
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  47. Greg Moonen said:

    Various radio stations play Christmas songs (lots of them) around Christmas time, some play Halloween songs (quite a few of those) around the end of October, some play tributes to summer on June 21, etc. There are a few stations, though, that play this once or twice on Thanksgiving. What other seasonal song can you play on Thanksgiving besides this one?

    November 21, 2017
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  48. Leslie Phelps said:

    20 people didn’t get what they wanted at Alice’s Restaurants.

    November 22, 2017
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  49. Jim Fremouw said:

    AMAZING AND THANK YOU!! Love the illustration to go along with the music!! Of course, it’s an annual Thanksgiving tradition for me to post “Alice’s Restaurant” on Facebook and this is just gonna add soooooo much more to the excitement!! Awesome job and THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!! And of course, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

    November 22, 2017
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  50. dhindsjr said:

    5 yrs ago today this has been my go to Thanksgiving video! Excellent job and thanks for the fun! 50 yrs ago this was recorded about Thanksgiving 1965!

    November 23, 2017
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  51. dhindsjr said:

    5 yrs ago today this has been my go to Thanksgiving video! Excellent job and thanks for the fun! 50 yrs ago this was recorded about Thanksgiving 1965!

    November 23, 2017
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  52. Bob Brevitt said:

    Great Job with the video. Brings back memories even though I'me a Brit. Thanks

    November 23, 2017
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  53. Michael Mucha said:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2017
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  54. ojustlookin said:

    .. Great job with the illustrations…,,,

    November 23, 2017
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  55. Margaret Lewis said:

    Once again I get to enjoy this…2017
    one old hippydippy momma who heard it way back when…even make a pilgrimage to the old site back in the 90's.

    November 24, 2017
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  56. Doug Montgomery said:

    I went to high school with a really lovely girl. She is nearly 68 now and still fits that description. She had a foster brother who got drafted. He did not particularly fear the draft. He went to Vietnam and did his time there and returned, apparently without a scratch. However, his blood relatives persuaded him to turn his back on his foster family and his foster mother was really bitter about it.

    November 24, 2017
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  57. junkateria said:

    Thank you, Andy! Great job! It was really enjoyable and added a lot to the audio. This is a terrific version to share with a friend who gasp is unfamiliar with the Group W Bench. 😊

    December 4, 2017
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  58. Lewie McNeely said:

    You did GOOD! Right with the song! A-PLUS!

    July 2, 2018
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  59. Grin Reaper said:

    This song sucks! But I really need to 150 word essay. What does it means?

    August 30, 2018
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  60. Rokinray said:

    Comedy routines make great montages for a TV 101 project. I did Robert Klein's "Our Gang Comedies" which didn't require any near the amount of drawing you did here. Great job, lots of detail in all those drawings.

    September 1, 2018
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  61. Ydaerlum Leoc said:

    You can get anything you want at…..

    September 27, 2018
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  62. bartmansan said:

    Andrew, great job on this classic.

    Bart in NC

    October 24, 2018
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  63. bartmansan said:

    A Thanksgiving Tradition… Thank you Mr. Colunga!

    November 19, 2018
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  64. Philip Shirk said:

    I have NEVER seen the illustrated video of this song before. I LOVE it!!!

    November 20, 2018
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  65. marythea irving said:

    BRILLIANT!

    November 22, 2018
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  66. Danny D said:

    Ok,it's officially Thanksgiving 2018. Pass the yams,please.

    November 22, 2018
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  67. My Name said:

    It’s Thanksgiving. Time for Alice’s Restaurant.

    November 22, 2018
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  68. Tony B said:

    Oh man I haven't heard that song since the 70's, put a smile on my face this Thanksgiving day.

    November 22, 2018
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  69. Susan P Jamieson said:

    Great job making this Thanksgiving day celebration more fun. My son just named my first grand daughter Arlow Mae. This made my day today. Peace and happiness.

    November 22, 2018
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  70. Wendy McIntosh Purnell said:

    Just wanted to say I started listening to this when I was 14 years old someone told me about it that it come on every Thanksgiving att12 so I started then listening to every year then when I started having kids and I would have family and friends that would come over every Thanksgiving at 12 we listen to Alice's Restaurant and now at 41 years old I'm standing in the kitchen baking with my youngest child who's 15 and still listen to it at 12 every Thanksgiving my other children that don't live with me anymore they listen to it I have family States over no matter where we are and my family and friends at 12 every Thanksgiving we listen to Alice's Restaurant because no matter where we are we're still together

    November 22, 2018
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  71. Thatone Dude said:

    Very creative. Been listening to this song since it came out.

    November 22, 2018
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  72. Gretchen Dunn said:

    About 46 years ago, kids and I saw Arlo do this at Carnegie Hall. Never forget!

    November 22, 2018
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  73. shannon said:

    Dude listening to this song is our Thanksgiving tradition, and your illustrations have made it even more entertaining! Thankful for talent like this, very cool!

    November 23, 2018
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  74. Flora Bunda said:

    First I've seen your illustrated version. Excellent drawings. You captured it all. Thanks for taking the time to do this, a labor of love. And thanks for for encouraging DISCUSSION, altho, sadly, that hasn't happened.
    I came across this since it was next to the album on Youtube, and I've gotta have me some Alice's Restaurant every thanksgiving. Hell with the turkey dinner. This is my tradition for 50 years.

    November 23, 2018
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  75. Flora Bunda said:

    "Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?"
    Best line in this terrific story. Love the understated sarcasm.

    November 23, 2018
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  76. Droz said:

    Back again after another year. I listen to this every Thanksgiving after working for 18hrs at my own restaurant. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    November 23, 2018
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  77. Peter F. said:

    my Dad used to play this on guitar, Im pretty sure he wanted to quote the "that's horrible" towards the end cause I couldnt harmonize worth a shit haha

    November 23, 2018
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  78. Bryan Foat said:

    Dude, the illustrated version was just what I needed. Well done!

    February 28, 2019
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  79. Miklos Kovács said:

    I listened to this every year all my life and it took me 20 years to realize it was about Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

    April 1, 2019
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  80. mlsaulnier said:

    I can remember the words to this whole song yet I can't remember where I left my keys.

    May 4, 2019
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  81. Yeez said:

    I'm coming here after seeing Kestral Adventures and I sure don't mind seeing this funny gem of a song!

    May 31, 2019
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  82. lorrie hamrich said:

    THANK YOU AC! Super illustrations!

    September 1, 2019
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  83. CanadaTruth said:

    Brilliant

    November 2, 2019
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  84. 17Watman said:

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    November 28, 2019
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  85. Ryder Harris said:

    my apush teacher shows his class this every year the day before thanksgiving. Thanks mr edwards!

    November 28, 2019
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  86. Margaret Lewis said:

    So many years later, this is still my tradition to salute Arlo Guthrie and the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement on Thanksgiving Day. This year, 2019, it means something really important.

    November 28, 2019
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  87. George Fisher said:

    Thanksgiving 2019 checking in.

    November 28, 2019
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  88. Ace Hoffman said:

    Thank you for illustrating this great song! You've done it proud!

    November 28, 2019
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  89. Bobby Kelly said:

    It's that time of year again…

    November 28, 2019
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  90. eyescandeceive said:

    Never gets old!!!
    THANKS for this–lots of fun!
    DId anyone else come here from Daily Kos on Thanksgiving 2019?

    November 28, 2019
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  91. General Esdeath said:

    Nice, Happy Thanksgiving to you

    November 28, 2019
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  92. Scott Pizio said:

    There are six not five police officers at the “scene of the crime.”

    November 28, 2019
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  93. manic mechanic said:

    I also got find $50 for litterin. Plus $447 court cost. It was a drink cup.

    November 29, 2019
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  94. ShyGurl said:

    Know what? I think I like this better than the movie!

    November 29, 2019
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  95. Elizabeth Bain said:

    I've heard of the song over the years, but this is the first time actually hearing the song sung. The idiocy or what happens in the song reflects some of the craziness of war but not the debilitating agony of its aftermath.

    November 29, 2019
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  96. Lester Luczak said:

    It has consistently been a thanksgiving week tradition for me & some very close friends to give a listen to this very funny story accompanied by some music, song, munchies, & a good laugh. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 👍😁

    Its kinda like watching The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown story at Halloween time. 👍😁

    November 30, 2019
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  97. Beth D said:

    Loved the video. Thank you so much for the illustrations. Well made, great job!

    December 2, 2019
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  98. Leslie Lively said:

    If I can get anything at Alice’s Restaurant can I get Alice

    December 26, 2019
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  99. MarthaJanke Sparrius said:

    Good job! Love the litterbug

    December 28, 2019
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  100. Budd Wolf 1966 said:

    The 18 minutes missing from the Nixon Watergate tapes.
    Could have saved his presidency but, it implicated him in littering.

    January 19, 2020
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