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Winston Smith12 Nov 2017 12:22 p.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 Fishing12 Nov 2017 12:51 p.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 12:52 p.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.

Cyrus the Great12 Nov 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

City of New Orleans for me.

rmaker12 Nov 2017 1:06 p.m. PST

Alice's Restaurant.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

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

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 2:30 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.


Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 4:05 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 4:08 p.m. PST

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

Buck21512 Nov 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

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

pmwalt12 Nov 2017 5:56 p.m. PST

"City of New Orleans"

USAFpilot12 Nov 2017 7:36 p.m. PST

City of New Orleans, a wholesome all American song.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Nov 2017 8:08 p.m. PST

Motorcycle song is great.

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

Allen5712 Nov 2017 8:12 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 9:27 p.m. PST

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

McKinstry Fezian12 Nov 2017 10:53 p.m. PST

The Motorcycle song.

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Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 11:49 p.m. PST

Woody, I know of. Arlo though…..?

genew4913 Nov 2017 3:09 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 4:52 a.m. PST

lay down little doggies

Writen by Woody

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 5:42 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 8:40 a.m. PST

"City of New Orleans" for me as well …

Ceterman13 Nov 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

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

Roderick Robertson Fezian13 Nov 2017 9:32 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 9:59 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 9:05 p.m. PST

Ditto for streetgang6

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 10:12 p.m. PST

Alice's Restaurant

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 12:01 p.m. PST

Darkest Hour and Walkin' Down the Line are also good.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 12:27 p.m. PST

Never heard of him.


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