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You can get anything you want...

Thursday, November 23, 2006
It's Thanksgiving Day. On a day like this, surrounded by family and guests, good food and wine, I'm reminded of all those Thanksgiving traditions from years past. My family has several - such as the guest list. But there's one tradition not unique to my family that I truly love: The Alice's Restaurant Massacree.

Every Thanksgiving day the local classic rock station (KGON) - as well as other stations around the country - play Arlo Guthrie's famous anti-war song. And every year I manage to hear it some way... that gentle guitar and the tale of Officer Obie and the litter. And every year I - along with everyone else, I'm sure - sing along at the end (when it comes around on the guitar):

"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"

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