What's the name of the dog in the song, "Alice's Restaurant"?

I'd always thought it was, "Faucho," but I've seen it written on various lyrics sites as, "Fasha," "Fancha," and "Facha." Is it one of these or something else entirely? Arlo, are you out there?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Name of the Dog is Fasha

    Alice's Restaurant

    By Arlo Guthrie

    This song is called Alice's Restaurant, and it's about Alice, and the

    restaurant, but Alice's Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant,

    that's just the name of the song, and that's why I called the song Alice's

    Restaurant.

    You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant

    You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant

    Walk right in it's around the back

    Just a half a mile from the railroad track

    You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant

    Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on - two years ago on

    Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the

    restaurant, but Alice doesn't live in the restaurant, she lives in the

    church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and

    Fasha the dog. And livin' in the bell tower like that, they got a lot of

    room downstairs where the pews used to be in. Havin' all that room,

    seein' as how they took out all the pews, they decided that they didn't

    have to take out their garbage for a long time.

    We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it'd be

    a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So

    we took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW

    microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed

    on toward the city dump.

    Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the

    dump saying, "Closed on Thanksgiving." And we had never heard of a dump

    closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off

    into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.

    We didn't find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the

    side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the

    cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile

    is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we

    decided to throw our's down.

    That's what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving

    dinner that couldn't be beat, went to sleep and didn't get up until the

    next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, "Kid,

    we found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of

    garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it." And

    I said, "Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope

    under that garbage."

    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we

    finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down

    and pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the

    police officer's station. So we got in the red VW microbus with the

    shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the

    police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at

    the police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for

    being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and

    we didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out

    and told us never to be see driving garbage around the vicinity again,

    which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station

    there was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was

    both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I

    can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on." He said, "Shut up, kid.

    Get in the back of the patrol car."

    And that's what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the

    quote Scene of the Crime unquote. I want tell you about the town of

    Stockbridge, Massachusets, where this happened here, they got three stop

    signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the

    Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars,

    being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to

    get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of

    cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer's station.

    They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and

    they took twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles

    and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each

    one was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach,

    the getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that's not to

    mention the aerial photography.

    After the ordeal, we went back to the jail. Obie said he was going to put

    us in the cell. Said, "Kid, I'm going to put you in the cell, I want your

    wallet and your belt." And I said, "Obie, I can understand you wanting my

    wallet so I don't have any money to spend in the cell, but what do you

    want my belt for?" And he said, "Kid, we don't want any hangings." I

    said, "Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?"

    Obie said he was making sure, and friends Obie was, cause he took out the

    toilet seat so I couldn't hit myself over the head and drown, and he took

    out the toilet paper so I couldn't bend the bars roll out the - roll the

    toilet paper out the window, slide down the roll and have an escape. Obie

    was making sure, and it was about four or five hours later that Alice

    (remember Alice? It's a song about Alice), Alice came by and with a few

    nasty words to Obie on the side, bailed us out of jail, and we went back

    to the church, had a another thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat,

    and didn't get up until the next morning, when we all had to go to court.

    We walked in, sat down, Obie came in with the twenty seven eight-by-ten

    colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back

    of each one, sat down. Man came in said, "All rise." We all stood up,

    and Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy

    pictures, and the judge walked in sat down with a seeing eye dog, and he

    sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing eye dog, and then at the

    twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles and arrows

    and a paragraph on the back of each one, and looked at the seeing eye dog.

    And then at twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy pictures with circles

    and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one and began to cry,

    'cause Obie came to the realization that it was a typical case of American

    blind justice, and there wasn't nothing he could do about it, and the

    judge wasn't going to look at the twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy

    pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each

    one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us. And

    we was fined $50 and had to pick up the garbage in the snow, but thats not

    what I came to tell you about.

    Came to talk about the draft.

    They got a building down New York City, it's called Whitehall Street,

    where you walk in, you get injected, inspected, detected, infected,

    neglected and selected. I went down to get my physical examination one

    day, and I walked in, I sat down, got good and drunk the night before, so

    I looked and felt my best when I went in that morning. `Cause I wanted to

    look like the all-American kid from New York City, man I wanted, I wanted

    to feel like the all-, I wanted to be the all American kid from New York,

    and I walked in, sat down, I was hung down, brung down, hung up, and all

    kinds o' mean nasty ugly things. And I waked in and sat down and they gave

    me a piece of paper, said, "Kid, see the phsychiatrist, room 604."

    And I went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I

    wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and

    guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill,

    KILL, KILL." And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL," and

    he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down

    yelling, "KILL, KILL." And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me,

    sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy."

    Didn't feel too good about it.

    Proceeded on down the hall gettin more injections, inspections,

    detections, neglections and all kinds of stuff that they was doin' to me

    at the thing there, and I was there for two hours, three hours, four

    hours, I was there for a long time going through all kinds of mean nasty

    ugly things and I was just having a tough time there, and they was

    inspecting, injecting every single part of me, and they was leaving no

    part untouched. Proceeded through, and when I finally came to the see the

    last man, I walked in, walked in sat down after a whole big thing there,

    and I walked up and said, "What do you want?" He said, "Kid, we only got

    one question. Have you ever been arrested?"

    And I proceeded to tell him the story of the Alice's Restaurant Massacre,

    with full orchestration and five part harmony and stuff like that and all

    the phenome... - and he stopped me right there and said, "Kid, did you ever

    go to court?"

    And I proceeded to tell him the story of the twenty seven eight-by-ten

    colour glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and the paragraph on

    the back of each one, and he stopped me right there and said, "Kid, I want

    you to go and sit down on that bench that says Group W .... NOW kid!!"

    And I, I walked over to the, to the bench there, and there is, Group W's

    where they put you if you may not be moral enough to join the army after

    committing your special crime, and there was all kinds of mean nasty ugly

    looking people on the bench there. Mother rapers. Father stabbers. Father

    rapers! Father rapers sitting right there on the bench next to me! And

    they was mean and nasty and ugly and horrible crime-type guys sitting on the

    bench next to me. And the meanest, ugliest, nastiest one, the meanest

    father raper of them all, was coming over to me and he was mean 'n' ugly

    'n' nasty 'n' horrible and all kind of things and he sat down next to me

    and said, "Kid, whad'ya get?" I said, "I didn't get nothing, I had to pay

    $50 and pick up the garbage." He said, "What were you arrested for, kid?"

    And I said, "Littering." And they all moved away from me on the bench

    there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I

    said, "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back, shook my hand,

    and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing,

    father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the

    bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of

    things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it

    up and said.

    "Kids, this-piece-of-paper's-got-47-words-37-sentences-58-words-we-wanna-

    know-details-of-the-crime-time-of-the-crime-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-

    you-gotta-say-pertaining-to-and-about-the-crime-I-want-to-know-arresting-

    officer's-name-and-any-other-kind-of-thing-you-gotta-say", and talked for

    forty-five minutes and nobody understood a word that he said, but we had

    fun filling out the forms and playing with the pencils on the bench there,

    and I filled out the massacre with the four part harmony, and wrote it

    down there, just like it was, and everything was fine and I put down the

    pencil, and I turned over the piece of paper, and there, there on the

    other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on

    the other side, in parentheses, capital letters, quotated, read the

    following words:

    ("KID, HAVE YOU REHABILITATED YOURSELF?")

    I went over to the sargent, said, "Sargeant, you got a lot a damn gall to

    ask me if I've rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that just, I'm

    sittin' here on the bench, I mean I'm sittin here on the Group W bench

    'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough join the army, burn women,

    kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug." He looked at me and

    said, "Kid, we don't like your kind, and we're gonna send you fingerprints

    off to Washington."

    And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a

    study in black and white of my fingerprints. And the only reason I'm

    singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar

    situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a

    situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into

    the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say "Shrink, You can get

    anything you want, at Alice's restaurant.". And walk out. You know, if

    one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and

    they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony,

    they may think they're both ******* and they won't take either of them.

    And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in

    singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an

    organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said

    fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and

    walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.

    And that's what it is , the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement, and

    all you got to do to join is sing it the next time it come's around on the

    guitar.

    With feeling. So we'll wait for it to come around on the guitar, here and

    sing it when it does. Here it comes.

    You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

    You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

    Walk right in it's around the back

    Just a half a mile from the railroad track

    You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

    That was horrible. If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing loud.

    I've been singing this song now for twenty five minutes. I could sing it

    for another twenty five minutes. I'm not proud... or tired.

    So we'll wait till it comes around again, and this time with four part

    harmony and feeling.

    We're just waitin' for it to come around is what we're doing.

    All right now.

    You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

    Excepting Alice

    You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

    Walk right in it's around the back

    Just a half a mile from the railroad track

    You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

    Da da da da da da da dum

    At Alice's Restaurant

  • cynde
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Lyrics To Alices Restaurant

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  • 1 decade ago

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