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Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ Served Up on Your Sunday Brunch

Arlo Guthrie 1970 (McCarthy/Express/Getty)

Have you heard Arlo Guthrie‘s “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”? Many fans know every word to the Thanksgiving classic.

This Sunday morning, our holiday tradition continues as we are featuring “Alice’s Restaurant” at the beginning of the 8 o’clock hour as our November Album Side Sunday.

We’ll also throw in a side dish on Your Sunday Brunch by playing the first song from side 2 of the album, “Chilling Of The Evening.

“Alice’s Restaurant” is the debut album by Arlo Guthrie in 1967. He is the son of folk singer Woody Guthrie. (July 14, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie’s birth in Okemah, Oklahoma.)

The song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” tells the true story of events that started on a Thanksgiving Day in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1965. The song inspired the 1969 movie “Alice’s Restaurant” directed by Arthur Penn.

The 18 minute and 34 second narrative describes being arrested for littering which ends up excluding Guthrie from military service in Vietnam. The final chorus encourages listeners to sing along to avoid being drafted and end the war.

Like his father, Arlo Guthrie remains active fighting for a variety of causes. In his most recent post at Arlo.net he proclaims “Happy Thanksgiving-Occupy Everything.” Guthrie performs Sunday night in Rahway, New Jersey and on December 4 and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Arlo Guthrie 2011 (Rick Diamond/Getty)

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