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Thread #31329   Message #4080316
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
20-Nov-20 - 06:32 AM
Thread Name: Vietnam era protest songs
Subject: RE: Vietnam era protest songs
“Alice’s Restaurant” had its radio premiere in February of 1967 on New York City’s WBAI-FM, in a live performance, and it almost immediately became a runaway hit.

[Arlo] Guthrie spends Thanksgiving with Alice (of the restaurant), and then as a favor tries to drive her trash out to the dump, only to find that the dump is closed for Thanksgiving. So he dumps the trash in a garbage pile by the side of the road and is subsequently arrested for littering — which, when Guthrie comes before the draft board, is the reason the military cites for choosing not to draft him.

“You want to know if I’m moral enough join the army, burn women / Kids, houses, and villages after being a litterbug,” drawls Guthrie, to which the sergeant replies, “Kid, we don’t like your kind.” (Vox)