Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and be with your family as you sit down to enjoy a nice dinner. Every year, we also enjoy seeing the various parades that occur for Thanksgiving, and this year it was really special.
Thanks to his humorous protest song “Alice’s Restaurant,” veteran folk singer Arlo Guthrie is inextricably linked with Thanksgiving. The Epoch Times reports that sentiment was confirmed when Guthrie dueted with Bruce Springsteen at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, Nov. 25. Guthrie is the son of American folk singer Woody Guthrie and is well-known for songs, including “Alice’s Restaurant” and “The Motorcycle Song.” Guthrie has come to accept other people and their faults while being thankful for his life and faults as well.
My equivalent of “Alice’s Restaurant” is the “Thanksgiving Song” by Adam Sandler. Sandler’s song is also known as “Happy Thanksgiving,” and uses rhythm to get his point across about turkey. This song first appeared on the television show Saturday Night Live in 1992, and has since become a classic in my family.
This song was originally similar to Guthrie’s song in that it was supposed to be a lark and a humorous slant on Thanksgiving, but it has turned into something more. Although Thanksgiving is really about giving thanks, the song from Sandler is all about turkey and how wonderful turkey is, which is funny because that is not the real meaning of Thanksgiving. The song is also great because it uses the word “turkey” over and over while rhyming about popular culture. The references in the song include people such as Betty Grable and Mike Tyson, which to me is hysterical.
Ever since I was little, I remember my dad going around singing this song when the turkey was in the oven and he would keep singing it until the turkey was done. I remember my dad used to watch Sandler in comedy shows and he would always turn the television up every time this song came on. Every year after 1992, my dad would put in the cassette of Sandler performing this song while my mom was basting and cooking the turkey. It was like our family song to get prepared to eat a big Thanksgiving meal primarily because the song was all about turkey.
My dad and I would go around the kitchen and prepare the Thanksgiving meal while singing along to this song. It has always been a preparation song in my family and reminds me of being young, spending time with my dad. Ever since I was little, this song has been played during the preparation of turkey, even now as I am a grown adult.
I have carried on the tradition in my house by going around and playing this song while I prepare the Thanksgiving meal for my own family. I have now passed the tradition of playing this song with my boyfriend while we cook our Thanksgiving turkey and go around singing it until the turkey is on the dinner table. Everyone in my family knows the true meaning of Thanksgiving, but this song is just so catchy and a fun tune to sing to yourself as you prepare your big meal.
Sandler is a very funny man and this song is a classic for me because of the popular references he used in the song, which allows me to think back on how much the popular culture has changed. This song is always going to be a family tradition for me as I prepare my Thanksgiving turkey because singing about the turkey is just a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Genevieve Belmaker, “Arlo Guthrie Performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”, Epoch Times