American folk singer Arlo Guthrie performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, singing his famous Thanksgiving song “Alice’s Restaurant,” according to The Epoch Times. Guthrie has been linked to the holiday for many years because the story in the song is about the crazy happenings of a Thanksgiving Day.
Another Thanksgiving song that has been linked to my Thanksgiving is “The Thanksgiving Song,” by Adam Sandler.
In November two years ago, my friend Melia and I were in her car flipping through the radio stations while we were on our way to the mall. Her 9-year-old daughter Sara was in the back seat, and when Melia stopped on a station playing Christmas music already, Sara began to ask questions.
She asked, “If Thanksgiving is the next holiday, why are they playing Christmas music?” Melia replied that there weren’t any Thanksgiving songs for the radio stations to play, and so they decided to just play Christmas music instead. Well, this didn’t sit right with Sara, and she told her mom that she was going to search far and wide for a Thanksgiving song to sing for everybody on Thanksgiving this year.
Well, the days went by and even now and again Melia would peak in on her daughter to find her practicing a song. When she asked her daughter where she had found a Thanksgiving song, she told her that her older cousin had played her something called “The Thanksgiving Song,” and that he had given her the lyrics so that she could practice. Well, Melia was excited to hear her daughter sing for friends and family on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving was upon us and we were all eagerly awaiting the debut of Sara and “The Thanksgiving Song.”
Well, the song started out innocent enough, but then Sara started saying things that had her mother abruptly stop her and take her out of the room (if you listen to the song, you’ll know why). Sara’s cousin was cracking up, as all of the adults were sitting there with their mouths wide open, shocked at what they had just heard. Melia and Sara both apologized, but later, after Sara was in bed, Melia and I had a big laugh.
On Thanksgiving ever since, we call each other up and sing the song to each other, remembering our funny Thanksgiving.
Genevieve Belmaker, “Arlo Guthrie Performs in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” The Epoch Times