Arlo Guthrie’s song is one of that classic protest songs and it was released 50 years ago is still a popular song and it seems to always find it’s way on to the radio at least one on Thanksgiving. Rolling Stone has called it “the national anthem of Thanksgiving.” The Smithsonian Magazine has a brief history about the song which is interesting. It begins with Arlo telling a story about a Thanksgiving when he was arrested for littering, the song then turns to the Vietnam Draft which the song is actually about. This is a unique song so give it the about 18 minutes that the song is. Arlo noted that it’s not really an anti-war song it is more of an anti-stupidity song in an interview with NPR. Over the year it’s been joked that the gap in the Watergate tapes is Nixon listening to the song. The best part about the song is that it doesn’t get old, sure they are talking about Vietnam but it is still relevant today. With so much stupidity in the world currently perhaps it could take on new meaning this year.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday shopping season.