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I won't paste the whole song, but ever since I read the words, just about every time during my riding I say, "I don't want a pickle, just want to ride on my motorsickle." I'm thinking of having T-shirts made up with that said.

Has anyone heard the actual song?

Note: Lone Star BMW/Triumph is having an open house with their food drive today from 11:30 to 4. I'm going.


The Motorcycle Song
words and music by Arlo Guthrie

CHORUS:
I don't want a pickle
Just want to ride on my motorsickle
And I don't want a tickle
'Cause I'd rather ride on my motorsickle
And I don't want to die
Just want to ride on my motorcy...cle
 

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Yes.

Arlo sings it in the movie 'Alice's Restaurant'

verse one:

It was only the other day,
Thought I'd go and see Ray,
So I went up and I saw Ray,
There was only one thing Ray could say:

I don't want a pickle......... :-D
 

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johnyC,

That's it! I'll have to watch Alice's Restaurant. I wonder if Arlo was on something when he wrote the song below. I sure like it though.

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This song is about the time that I was ridin' my motorcycle.
Going down a mountain road, at 150 miles an hour, playin'
my guitar. On one side of the mountain road there was a
mountain, and on the other side there was nothin' - there was
a cliff in the air.

Now, when you're going down a mountain road at I50 miles
an hour you gotta be very careful, especially if you're playin'
a guitar. Especially if that guitar is an acoustic guitar.
Because if it's an acoustic guitar, the wind pressure is greater
on the box side than on the neck side, because there's
more guitar on the box side. I wasn't payin' attention ..

Luckily I didn't go into the mountain - I went over the cliff.
I was goin' at 150 miles an hour sideways and 500 feet down
at the same time.

I knew it was the end. I looked down, I said ''Wow! Some
trip". I thought it...well I knew it was...I knew it was my last
trip, and in my last remaining seconds in world,I decided
to write one last farewell song to the world.

Put a new ink cartridge in my pen. Took out a piece of paper.
I sat back and I thought awhile. Then I started writin':
I don't want a pickle
Just want to ride on my motorsickle
And I don't want a tickle
'Cause I'd rather ride on my motorsickle

And I don't want to die
Just want to ride on my motorcy ...cle."

I knew that, it wasn't the best song l ever wrote, but I didn't
have time to change it. I was comin' down mighty fast.

But as you all know, and as fate would have it, I didn't die. I
landed on the top of a police car. And he died. I drove away
on the road that he was on. I came into town at a screamin'
175 miles an hour, playin' the motorcycle song.

I came into town, I jumped off my bike, the bike went around
the corner by itself, went up on the stand by itself, turned
itself off.

I walked over to my friend. He was standin' there eatin'
pickles. I said "Hi, what's happenin'?" He looked at me in the
eye and said "Nothin'".

You gotta sing it with that kind of enthusiasm. Like you just
squashed a cop...

CHORUS
 

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Yep, it's on my iPod. It's one of my earliest memories of music. My brother-in-law used to play it for me when I was about 4. I was doomed from the start. :cool:

[ This message was edited by: Strontje on 2006-12-09 10:26 ]
 

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Ah yes, "Alice's Restaurant"...a Thanksgiving tradition. I have always enjoyed Arlo's music, but his father Woody was the true artist of his family. He wrote "This Land is Your Land". Arlo was really sort've an "outlaw" folk singer. Most of his early work reflected a decided dislike for the "establishment". His performance of "Coming Into Los Angeles" at Woodstock is another great song of his captured on film.
 

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"Comin' into Los Angeleeeeez
Bringin' in a couple a keys
Don't check my bag if you please
Mr. Customs man.
 

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Sheepdog,

A clip of that performance is also on 'The Omega Man' Omega Man imdb when Charlton Heston is sitting in the movies on his own watching Woodstock.

Woodstock is one of my favourite movies, I have the director's cut video which is worth it for the extra Jefferson bits alone. Grace Slick is something else. The album Woodstock 2, I bought for Eskimo Blue Day and also Paul Butterfield's 'everything's gonna be alright' , the harmonica intro and solos still make the hair tingle on my neck.

I don't know if you can get Alice's Restaurant any more, I saw it in the '70s at the movies, but it's on imdb: Alice's Restaurant
 

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Ditto for me on "Woodstock", Johny. I could watch it over and over. I've always really liked the Richie Havens performance of "Freedom", too. It's sort've a motorcycle song, as well.
 

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Sheepdog,

Here's Arlo at Woodstock, after a couple of minutes of Country Joe:

Arlo Guthrie, Woodstock.

I'm just away to have a look for Richie Havens, followed by a search for Joni Mitchell singing in the bath. Youtube is magic!!! :-D
 

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Black Bonnie,

Hot off the press, just for you. Arlo Guthrie singing the motorcycle song live:

Arlo Guthrie, Motorcycle song

When you're done with that, here's Alice's Restaurant (the song) with some stills from the movie:

Alice's Restaurant

sing up now, when the chorus comes round again. brilliant, I feel like I'm 17 again! :-D

[ This message was edited by: johnyC on 2006-12-09 15:17 ]
 

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I just heard Arlo, his daughter, son and son-in-law with another musician live in St. Louis in October. It was great. I don't think his recordings do him justice. He played some of Woody's songs. He has also ridden Triumphs.
 

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Ahhh - the motorsickle song - I've still got the album...! Also a video of Alice's Restaurant; this would be a common story among you guys I guess, but that movie, along with 'Easy Rider' is what turned me onto motorcycles back in 1971 - think I'd better go play it - cheers all, Pat
 

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Ride on!

I will have to watch Alice's Restaurant, Easy Rider and Woodstock after reading this thread.

Another film that makes me want to ride is The Long Way Round. Plot Summary: This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world.

They had a bigger adventure than what they bargained for. Great laughs in it too.
 

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That be my anthem....


LOL
 

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After going to a party last night, I had planned to spend a calm, totally dry Sunday .... that is, until Arlo, Hendrix, and the rest of Woodstock 1969 popped up on the forum ..... that called for a brew. And a thanks-be-to-myself for ordering a small sub woofer system + sound card when I purchased my computer.

Thanks for all the great YouTube links. Made for a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

Bob
 

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nae bother, bob.

black-bonnie,

you can still watch Long Way Round on Sky and it is a great story, but what they don't tell you is they did the trip based on the adventures of a bunch of guys from England (plus one American who went half way) who went the long way round before them, on DR350 Suzukis.

Here's the link to the preview of 'Terra Circa', the second trip the boys did when they conquered the Zilov gap (their first attempt failed, 'Mondo Enduro' is the video record of that) If you're atall interested in a bunch of likeable dafties who ride round the world on wee bikes (unsupported and unsponsered) you MUST get this dvd:

Terra Circa video clip

Here's the link to the shop in London where you can order the dvd:

Aimimage shop, order Mondo Enduro, Terra Circa

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On 2006-12-09 15:28, meyers_john wrote:
I just heard Arlo... in October. It was great. I don't think his recordings do him justice.
We saw him a couple years back. I've always been a fan. He's more accomplished as a musician than I'd expected.

Great sense of humor on stage.

He made fun of himself and the "unsophisticated" lyrics of the Motorcycle Song comparing "I don't want a pickle, just wana ride my motorsickle" to lines by Dylan.

He said all his high school friends in New York were going to Columbia U etc. and he barely got into the U of Montana - which is where he said he wrote the song as one of his first tries.
 

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On 2006-12-09 09:41, johnyC wrote:
Arlo sings it in the movie 'Alice's Restaurant'
Anyone familiar with Alice's Restaurant should recognize where these guys got the name for their motorcycle racing club:

http://www.groupwracing.com/
 

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Following up on Oldsport's "Group W" reference...

I made my first trip to traffic court last week and it occured tome that I too was on the Group W bench...

"Mother rapers, Father stabbers, Father rapers... and the meanest, nastiest, ugliest father raper of them all comes over to me and says 'Kid, whatcha in fer?'"....


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