But that Arlo Guthrie tune is 18 minutes long, and not exactly suitable background music for the dinner table. Even Guthrie himself is sick of playing it; these days, the only concert he's guaranteed to play it at is his Carnegie Hall Thanksgiving weekend concert.
While you can get anything you want in Alice's Restaurant, what I want are some Thanksgiving-specific songs. Why hasn't anybody else written some already? We desperately need a few.
First, there should be a heartwarming Thanksgiving tune,talking about the great times with family, friends and food. A song suitable as part of the soundtrack 'for a terrific meal.
Then there needs to be a rocking turkey song to be played on the radio each year as the calendar hits November. Something to get listeners fired up for the holiday.
And finally, there should be a funny, sardonic Thanksgiving song, the way "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is for Christmas, featuring any or all of the following mishaps:
* Being hung over from staying out late the night before; Thanksgiving Eve rivals New Year's Eve for being the "drinkingest" evening of the year
* Forgetting to defrost the turkey
* Seeing a Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloon get loose
* Cracking jokes about the cranberry sauce being in the shape of a can
* Watching the Detroit Lions lose, and the Dallas Cowboys preen
* Leaving the giblet bag in the turkey
* Sniping among family members at the dinner table
Any of these themed songs would make money over the long haul, as they get rolled out each year. So why hasn't somebody else come up with a Thanksgiving tune or two? It's a mystery for the ages, right up there with who came up with the idea of mixing marshmallows and sweet potatoes!