Music: Woody's Boy

This song is called Alice's Restaurant, it's, er, 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.

With this foot-shuffling introduction, Arlo Guthrie launches into 18 minutes and 20 seconds of wildly seriocomic semitrue narrative-plus-song about how he helped a friend named Alice clean out her place in Stockbridge, Mass., dumped the refuse over a cliff, was arrested for litterbugging and fined $50, and how this police record later got him into hot water at the draft board.

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