One may tell from the prison setting that Mary Gauthier’s “Thanksgiving” is probably not a cheery holiday song. But that does not make it any less beautiful.
The song, which appeared on Gauthier’s 2007 album Between Daylight And Dark, recounts the point of view of a child with a grandmother standing in line to visit someone in prison.
They make her take her winter coat off, Then they frisk her again; When they’re done she wipes their touch off her dress, Stands tall and heads in.
Yes, “Thanksgiving” is a Thanksgiving song. But it views the holiday from the perspective of the families of those in prison. During this period of mass incarceration in the United States, we often forget about how prison affects the family members of those we lock away.
Mary Gauthier, who grew up in Louisiana, often reminds us of the common humanity that links us. “Thanksgiving” is a wonderful song that tells a story you might not expect in a holiday song. And if you listen closely, it might change you just a little bit.
It’s Thanksgiving at the prison, surrounded by families; Road weary pilgrims who show up faithfully; Even though it ain’t easy, even though it ain’t free; Sometimes love ain’t easy, I guess love ain’t free.
What is your favorite song about Thanksgiving? Leave your two cents in the comments.
Billy Eichner of the truTV show Billy on the Street recently hosted his first-ever Thanksgiving Day parade. And what would be a Thanksgiving day parade without giant balloons, floats, and Katie Couric?
The segment does a nice job of parodying the cultural icons often selected for such parades. And every parade needs a giant Sean Penn balloon. Check out the funny video.
Happy Thanksgiving! What is your favorite part of Billy’s parade? Leave your two cents in the comments.
WKRP in Cincinnati featured one of the great Thanksgiving specials of all time, “Turkeys Away,” which was the seventh episode of the series. The episode begins as a typical Thanksgiving episode with the radio station planning a Thanksgiving promotion of distributing free turkeys.
At the end, though, everything goes so terribly wrong. It features hilarious reporting by Les Nessman (Richard Sanders) and leads up the classic line by radio station manager Arthur Carlson (Gordon Jump), “With God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
For our readers here in the U.S., we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. For a little holiday cheer, here is the ending segment of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, a Peanuts special that first aired on CBS on November 20, 1973.
Below is the opening for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Of course, the episode begins with a football.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? Leave your two cents in the comments.