YMMV: Alice's Restaurant

The film

The Song

  • Awesome Music: Not just the tune itself, but the fact that, in the 50 years that he's performed this song, Arlo consistently manages to recite 18+ minutes of dialogue and play an intricate guitar melody without missing a single note!
    • At one performance, he actually forgot the words and managed to get by ad-libing random thoughts for several minutes while still playing the guitar flawlessly.
  • Memetic Mutation: Supposedly the point of the whole thing.
    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. Then, friends, they may think it's a movement.
  • Values Dissonance: Arlo says that if two people sing the song as protest, "they'll think you're a couple of faggots." That kind of language wouldn't fly in today's polite society.
    • Amended on the 30th anniversary performance of the song.
    "I don't care what the president says, unfortunately to a lot of people, that's still a problem!"
  • Wild Mass Guessing: The main proponent of "Nixon's mising 18 minutes contains 'Alice's Restaurant'" is Arlo Guthrie himself.