Thanksgiving is chock full of wonderful traditions.
The Arlo Guthrie song, 'Alice's Restaurant', isn't one of them.
I love Thanksgiving for all the right reasons:
Family, Pumpkin Pie, Freedom, Detroit Lions Football, Parade Clowns, Pilgrim Hats, and Charlie Brown.
I hate 'Alice's Restaurant'!
For some unknown reason, Classic Rock radio has adopted one of the worst songs ever made, in my humble opinion, as a Thanksgiving staple. Every year, listeners are forced to endure over 18 minutes of this Counter Culture Hippy Dippy Folky tale of woe and dissension. To make matters worse, this year Detroit's own WCSX has decided to play it on Thanksgiving Day...TWICE!
At least 'CSX is letting us know ahead of time when it's being played so we can be sure to turn it off!
Thanks for saving me 37 minutes worth of misery. I can save that time and be miserable with my family on my own.
Seriously, I'd rather watch another Lions debacle and eat tofo turkey doused with three-week old gravy than listen to this crap. Draft dodging on Thanksgiving? What the hell!?
Maybe it's my age, maybe it's my love of the good old U. S. of A., or maybe it's just my impeccable taste in music...this song is awful.
If someone, anyone(?), can explain it to me...please do.
Oh, and I don't want to hear that by playing this song, the local DJs get to hit the parking lot for a long smoke break or "whatever" break. I thought those enviable days were over!
If you aren't familiar with the song, check this out...
(Seriously, you didn't think that I would actually give you the link to this stinker?)
Let's give thanks and raise a glass to the Hard Working People today...
Sorry, Arlo, you're not one of them.
Pass the cranberries!
Kurt Schwarz is a happily married man with three awesome children, living and working in Oakland County, MI. His mid-life crisis brought weight-loss, sobriety, and the constant pursuit of happiness by pretending to be a rock star. Now in his late forties, he has decided to become a better person by improving every aspect of his life.
He blogs about Family, Fatherhood, and Fantastic Music Topics.
He strongly believes that real men can be great husbands and fathers yet retain their "coolness," although his kids may not always agree.