History Music / AlicesRestaurant

11th Apr '16 6:06:13 AM AnotherGuy
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A 1969 film, also called ''Film/AlicesRestaurant'', was based on the song. Not to be confused with 1969's "Alice's Rock & Roll Restaurant", which is basically "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" without the talking-blues about the garbage, arrest, etc.

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A 1969 film, also called ''Film/AlicesRestaurant'', was based on the song. Not to be confused with 1969's "Alice's Rock & Roll Restaurant", which is basically "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" without the talking-blues about the garbage, arrest, etc.
etc. It's also not ''Film/AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore'' which had a {{Spinoff}} ''Series/{{Alice}}'' - though the title character works in a restaurant.
29th Feb '16 5:19:51 PM Skywatcher
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A 1969 film, also called ''Film/AlicesRestaurant'', was based on the song.

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A 1969 film, also called ''Film/AlicesRestaurant'', was based on the song.
song. Not to be confused with 1969's "Alice's Rock & Roll Restaurant", which is basically "The Alice's Restaurant Massacree" without the talking-blues about the garbage, arrest, etc.
20th Jan '16 7:08:10 AM beergood
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* ExplainExplainOhCrap: In the 1995 version, Arlo talks about how he was once invited to the White House during the Carter administration and was told that they'd found a copy of ''Alice's Restaurant'' in UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's library. Then he starts thinking about how Nixon used to record everything and made sure to erase only some of it, and how there was one particular blank piece of tape that...
-->''I said to myself, Arlo... How many things in this world are exactly 18 minutes and 20 seconds long?!''
20th Jan '16 7:04:18 AM beergood
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* SocietyMarchesOn: Lampshaded in more recent performances.
-->''Imagine one person, I mean even today, walking in singing some "Alice's Restaurant", walkin' out... They're gonna say "That guy's 30 years too late, get him out of here!" Imagine two of'em walking in [[HoYay hand in hand, singing in harmony]]? I don't care what the president says, unfortunately, to a lot of people that's still a problem. So you can imagine 50 people a day walking in, singing some "Alice's Restaurant", walking out... Friends, they might think it's a movement! And most of'em'll be too young to know what a movement WAS!''
30th May '15 11:40:23 PM NWolfman
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** Averted in later performances, which are usually word-for-word copied from the album, save for one instance where he actually forgot the words halfway through and starting ad-libbing to save face.
20th May '15 1:49:52 PM JohnPrestwick
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* BookEnds: The refrain.



* InsaneTrollLogic: Obie takes Arlo's wallet so he doesn't have any money to spend in jail, but also takes his belt because he doesn't want any hangings. Arlo even says, "Obie, did you think I was gonna hang myself for littering?"

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Obie takes Arlo's wallet so he doesn't have any money to spend in jail, but also takes his belt because he doesn't want any hangings. Arlo even says, "Obie, did you think I was gonna hang myself for littering?"littering?" TruthInTelevision - it's routine for the police to remove belts and shoelaces when someone is detained, no matter what they were arrested for.
12th May '15 6:25:17 AM TrustBen
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* SpringtimeForHitler: Arlo rants about how he wants to "Kill. Kill! KILL!" in front of the draft board, hoping they'll find him too unstable to enlist. Their response? "You're our boy!"
2nd May '15 9:00:24 PM NWolfman
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* EpicRocking: The title track takes up more than 18 minutes.

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* EpicRocking: The title track takes up more than 18 minutes.minutes, and updated versions are sometimes ''even longer''.
26th Mar '15 10:19:35 PM Patachou
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* GoingHomeAgain: "I'm Going Home"
--> ''Now my friends it's time to go''
--> ''And this love will live to grow''
--> ''And I want you all to know''
--> ''I'm going home''


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* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: "I'm Going Home"
--> ''Now my friends it's time to go''
--> ''And this love will live to grow''
--> ''And I want you all to know''
--> ''I'm going home''
28th Feb '15 8:22:36 AM Patachou
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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Chilling Of The Evening"
--> ''A song is sounding, softly singing''
* AlbumFiller: The TitleTrack, which is a funny story in its own right, but could have been a lot more to the point, without Guthrie's {{Padding}}.
* TheAllAmericanBoy:
--> ''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 went over to the sergeant and said, "Sergeant, 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 wanna know if I'm moral enough to join the army and burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug.''

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-->I --> ''I went over to the sergeant and said, "Sergeant, 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 wanna know if I'm moral enough to join the army and burn women, kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug.''



* AudienceParticipationSong: "And remember, you wanna end war [[BuffySpeak and stuff]], you gotta sing loud, okay?"

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* AudienceParticipationSong: "And AudienceParticipationSong:
--> ''And
remember, you wanna end war [[BuffySpeak and stuff]], you gotta sing loud, okay?"okay?''



-->''I walked in and said, "Shrink, I wanna '''kill...'''"''

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-->''I --> ''I walked in and said, "Shrink, I wanna '''kill...'''"''



* BasedOnATrueStory

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* BasedOnATrueStoryBasedOnATrueStory: Guthrie claimed the events actually happened, though he is clearly making a few scenes more exaggarated to [[PlayedForLaughs play it for laughs.]]



* ConfessToALesserCrime: "Yes sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie: I put that envelope under that garbage."

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* ConfessToALesserCrime: "Yes ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Alice's Restaurant"
--> ''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 see 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."''
* ConfessToALesserCrime:
--> ''Yes
sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie: I put that envelope under that garbage."''



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "This song is called Alice's Restaurant, and it's about Alice, and the Restaurant. But Alice's Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant. That's just the name of the song, and that's why I called the song Alice's Restaurant."

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "This DashinglyDapperDerby: Alice's bowler hat on the cover.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
--> ''This
song is called Alice's Restaurant, and it's about Alice, and the Restaurant. But Alice's Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant. That's just the name of the song, and that's why I called the song Alice's Restaurant." ''



* EpicRocking

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* EpicRockingEpicRocking: The title track takes up more than 18 minutes.



* FortuneTeller: "Highway In The Wind"
--> ''The fortune teller tells me that I have somewhere to go''
--> ''Look and try to understand and wonder how she knows''
* GoingHomeAgain: "I'm Going Home"
--> ''Now my friends it's time to go''
--> ''And this love will live to grow''
--> ''And I want you all to know''
--> ''I'm going home''
* {{Improv}}: "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is largely improvised, which explains why Guthrie sometimes starts {{padding}} about minor plot details.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: "Alice's Restaurant"
--> ''When we got a phone call from officer Obie he said: "Kid, 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."''



* LiteralMetaphor: the judge that Arlo and his friend are called before is vision-impaired, making this, as Arlo puts it:
--> ''a typical case of American '''blind justice'''.''

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* LiteralMetaphor: the The judge that Arlo and his friend are called before is vision-impaired, making this, as Arlo puts it:
--> ''a ''A typical case of American '''blind justice'''.''



* MeddlesomePatrolman: Officer Obie

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* MeddlesomePatrolman: Officer ObieObie.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "Motorcycle Song"
--> ''I don't want a pickle''
--> ''I just want to ride on my motorcycle''
--> ''Yeah, and I don't want a tickle''
--> '''Cause I'd rather ride on my motorcycle''
--> ''And I don't want to die''
--> ''Just want to ride on my motorcycle''
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: The title track is a fierce critique of the Vietnam War and the police and military bureaucratism.
--> ''Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American blind justice and there was nothing he could do about it.''



* OverlyLongGag: Used often in the song, also arguably the song itself.
* ProtestSong

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* OverlyLongGag: Used often in the song, also arguably the song itself.
itself. Guthrie often elaborates a lot of unneccessary plot details or tells the audience things he had already just told them.
* ProtestSongProtestSong: "Alice's Restaurant Massacre" is aimed at the Vietnam War.
* RhymesOnADime: "Alice's Restaurant Massacre"
--> ''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.''



* ShaggyDogStory
* ShapedLikeItself

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* ShaggyDogStory
* ShapedLikeItself
ShaggyDogStory: It all works to a punchline that will make you groan.



* SmokingIsCool: "Alice's Restaurant"
--> ''And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things''



* ThanksgivingDayStory
* TimeMarchesOn: In so many ways. The song deals with UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, the draft, and the fact that homosexuality disqualified people from military service at the time.
* WhatAreYouInFor
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: averted
-->''and it was about four or five hours later that Alice -- remember Alice? This is a song about Alice -- came by''

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* ThanksgivingDayStory
ThanksgivingDayStory: "Alice's Restaurant" takes place on this day. Which is also an important plot point as the city dump appears to be closed on that date, causing Guthrie and his girlfriend to decide to just litter the garbage they brought along with them.
--> ''Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago...''
* TimeMarchesOn: In so many ways. The song "Alice's Restaurant" deals with UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, the draft, and the fact that homosexuality disqualified people from military service at the time.
* WhatAreYouInFor
TitleTrack: "Alice's Restaurant"
* WhatAreYouInFor: The criminals ask Arlo this and are frightened that he is a litterer, despite them themselves being murderers and rapists.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: averted
-->''and
Averted
-->''And
it was about four or five hours later that Alice -- remember Alice? This is a song about Alice -- came by''
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