Alice's Restaurant

Arlo Guthrie


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Arlo Guthrie, Garry Sherman
album: Track 1 in album Hudson RiverFest - Nelson A. Rockefeller Park - NY, NY
release date: 2005-6-15
popularity : 6 users have visited this page.
length: 18:51

Album Information

country(area): United States
format: CD
script: Latin


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You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant
Walk right in it's around the back
You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant
Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on, two years ago on
Restaurant, but Alice doesn't live in the restaurant, she lives in the
Fasha the dog. And livin' in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of
Seein' as how they took out all the pews, they decided that they didn't

A friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So
Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed

Dump saying, "Closed on Thanksgiving." And we had never heard of a dump
Into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.
We didn't find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the
Cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile
Decided to throw ours down.
That's what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving
Next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, "Kid,
Garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it." And
Under that garbage."
After speaking to Obie for about forty-five minutes on the telephone we
And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the

The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
Get in the back of the patrol car."
And that's what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the
Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where this happened here, they got three stop
Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars,
Get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of
They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and
And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each
The getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that's not to

Us in the cell. Said, "Kid, I'm going to put you in the cell, I want your
Wallet so I don't have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you
Said, "Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?"
Toilet seat so I couldn't hit myself over the head and drown, and he took
Toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie
(remember Alice? It's a song about Alice), Alice came by and with a few
To the church, had a another thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat,

Color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back
And Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy
Sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the
And a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog.
And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry,
Blind justice, and there wasn't nothing he could do about it, and the
Pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each
We was fined $50 and had to pick up the garbage in the snow, but that's not

Where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected,
Day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so
Look like the all-American kid from New York City, man I wanted, I wanted
And I walked in, sat down, I was hung down, brung down, hung up, and all
Me a piece of paper, said, "Kid, see the psychiatrist, room 604."
And I went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I
Guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, kill,
He started jumpin' up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down
Sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy."
Didn't feel too good about it.
Proceeded on down the hall gettin' more injections, inspections,
At the thing there, and I was there for two hours, three hours, four
Ugly things and I was just having a tough time there, and they was
Part untouched. Proceeded through, and when I finally came to the see the
And I walked up and said, "What do you want?" He said, "Kid, we only got

With full orchestration and five part harmony and stuff like that and all
Go to court?"
And I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty seven eight-by-ten
The back of each one, and he stopped me right there and said, "Kid, I want

Where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after
Looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father
They was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the
Father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean 'n' ugly
And said, "Kid, whad'ya get?" I said, "I didn't get nothing, I had to pay
And I said, "Littering." And they all moved away from me on the bench
Said, "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back, shook my hand,
Father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the
Things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it

Officer's-name-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-you-gotta-say", and talked for
Fun filling out the forms and playing with the pencils on the bench there,
Down there, just like it was, and everything was fine and I put down the
Other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on
Following words:
("Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself?")
I went over to the sargent, said, "Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to
Sittin' here on the bench, I mean I'm sittin here on the Group W bench
Kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug." He looked at me and
Off to Washington."
And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a
Singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar
Situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into
Anything you want, at Alice's restaurant.". And walk out. You know, if
They won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,
And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in
Organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said
Walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.
And that's what it is , the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and
With feeling. So we'll wait for it to come around on the guitar, here and

You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant
Just a half a mile from the railroad track

I've been singing this song now for twenty five minutes. I could sing it

Harmony and feeling.
We're just waitin' for it to come around is what we're doing.
All right now.
You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant
You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant
Just a half a mile from the railroad track

At Alice's Restaurant


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Alice's Restaurant
  • 2 Goodnight Irene
  • 3 Gypsy Davey
  • 4 Introduction (Arlo becomes a Park Ranger)
  • 5 Sing Me Back Home
  • 6 Technology Intro to Coming Into L.A.
  • 7 This Land Is Your Land