My last days of high school and early days of college were during the anti-military time of Viet Nam. There were many songs protesting the war, including more than a few funny ones. Although I enjoyed the “Draft Dodger Rag” by Phil Ochs, my all-time favorite was “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie.
Around here one radio station has a tradition to play “Alice’s Restaurant” on Thanksgiving at noon, and I caught most of it this year. It bounced around in my brain for a while, and the other day I downloaded the MP3. I admit, after 30+ years involved with the military in one way or another, I still find it hilarious. My son was in the car with me when I played it for the first time in frzxy-sydrt (yes, that’s intentional) years, and he was totally unimpressed.
Maybe you can’t go back, but you can still remember the laughs, and that’s enough to laugh again. This time, with feeling.