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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 11:22 a.m. PST

I have a few.

He's most famous for Alice's Restaurant.
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Then, there's City of New Orleans. I'm torn between his version and Steve Goodman, who wrote it. But hey. Why can't I like both?
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A tad more obscure is his rendition of Shenandoah.
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Gone Fishing Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 11:51 a.m. PST

"City of New Orleans" was one of my favourite songs growing up, so I think I'd go with that one.

VonBlucher12 Nov 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

City of New Orleans as I had traveled that IC route a few times before that song came out and it always resonated with me about that train ride and my youth.

Personal logo Cyrus the Great Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

City of New Orleans for me.

rmaker12 Nov 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

Alice's Restaurant.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

A tie, City of New Orleans and Alice's Restaurant.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 1:30 p.m. PST

Let's get this right. Alice's Restaurant is Arlo Guthrie's debut album, featuring his hit song Alice's Restaurant Massacree.

I also like The Motorcycle Song, on the flip side of the album, but I would also vote for the Alice's Restaurant Massacree-City of New Orleans tie.

Rick

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

It's the time of the year (Thanksgiving) for Alice's Restaurant Massacree to be heard a number of times on radio. And I'll love it every single time it's played.

PJ ONeill12 Nov 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

He did a version of "St. James Infirmary" that I love.

Buck21512 Nov 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

"City of New Orleans". The lyrics paint a wonderful visual picture and tell a memorable story…

pmwalt Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

"City of New Orleans"

USAFpilot12 Nov 2017 6:36 p.m. PST

City of New Orleans, a wholesome all American song.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Nov 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

Motorcycle song is great.

Alice is a holiday tradition. City is a great driving song

Allen5712 Nov 2017 7:12 p.m. PST

Listened to him perform Alice's Restaurant and City of New Orleans in a small bar many years ago. Gotta go with Alice's. It just fit the venue but on my record collection it is hard to ignore City.

Crow Bait12 Nov 2017 8:27 p.m. PST

"Coming into Las Angeles" and The Pause of Mr. Clause" for me.

McKinstry Fezian12 Nov 2017 9:53 p.m. PST

The Motorcycle song.

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Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 10:49 p.m. PST

Woody, I know of. Arlo though…..?

genew49 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 2:09 a.m. PST

Alice's Restaurant. His description of the Whitehall Street Military Induction Center (NYC) is very funny. I know, I was there in '71.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 3:52 a.m. PST

lay down little doggies

Writen by Woody

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

Coming into Los Angeles

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He's great live – well, he was when I saw him in London a few years ago.

Legion 413 Nov 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

"City of New Orleans" for me as well …

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 8:27 a.m. PST

Not a big fan, but I'm with 20thmaine. Coming into Los Angeles.

Roderick Robertson Fezian13 Nov 2017 8:32 a.m. PST

Ukulele Lady
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Or the Ring-a-Round-the-Rosy Rag
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Just to be different.

streetgang6 Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

"City of New Orleans" by far. Alice's Restaurant Massacree is a good song, but unless you understand the context of the times it was written for, it doesn't translate well. 'City…" however, is timeless!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 8:05 p.m. PST

Ditto for streetgang6

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