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Arlo Guthrie — Coming Into Los Angeles
Album: The Best Of Arlo Guthrie
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Released: 1972
Length: 2:54
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Coming in from London from over the pole
Flying in a big airliner
Chicken flying everywhere around the plane
Could we ever feel much finer

Coming into Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of ki's
Don't touch my bags if you please
Mister customs man, yeah

There's a guy with a ticket to Mexico
No, he couldn't look much stranger
Walking in the hall with his things and all
Smiling, said he was the Lone Ranger

Coming into Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of ki's
Don't touch my bags if you please
Mister customs man

Hip woman walking on the moving floor
Tripping on the escalator
There's a man in the line and she's blowing his mind
Thinking that he's already made her

Coming into Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of ki's
Don't touch my bags if you please
Mister customs man

Coming in from London from over the pole
Flying in a big airliner
Chicken flying everywhere around the plane
Could we ever feel much finer

Coming into Los Angeles
Bringing in a couple of ki's
Don't touch my bags if you please
Mister customs man, yeah, all right
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So, he's a. . . locksmith? Yeah, what else could that possibly mean.

Arlo at the Guthrie Center 10-12-08 by Pilgrim on this road - Bill Revill
https://www.flickr.com/photos/billrevill/

We had great seats (small and fantastic venue), but there were few instances without the microphone and stand blocking him. While his approach may seem kind of lackadaisical and "we're making this up as we go along", it really isn't. He is a wonderful guitarist and pianist (as well as singer, songwriter and monologuist)

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Love it! Was just playing this LP recently....
 Stefen wrote:
Do you think they get the Group W bench reference?
 
Nope.

Ah...the good ol days of flying! {#Good-vibes}
Good stuff! Preparing me for Arlos annual visit to the Newberry Opera House in about a month!{#Clap}
 toterola wrote:

If a frog had pockets, he'd carry a pistol to shoot snakes with. Relax and enjoy reality.  {#Wave}
 
AWESOME

Hey Bill, Joe Ely's "Boxcars" would sound good with this!
It's not my line, folks. It's something I used to hear old timers say when I was a kid. I always loved that sort of language, though. {#Wave}
 jadewahoo wrote:
 toterola wrote:
If a frog had pockets, he'd carry a pistol to shoot snakes with. Relax and enjoy reality.  {#Wave}
 That is a friggin' aweome line! I'm gonna 'borrow it' for sure!
 
'sactly ... I was just posting this comment! Two thiefs, now, 'toterola'!
 toterola wrote:

If a frog had pockets, he'd carry a pistol to shoot snakes with. Relax and enjoy reality.  {#Wave}
 That is a friggin' aweome line! I'm gonna 'borrow it' for sure!


 Pyro wrote:
This brings back memories.

Somehow, I don't think Arlo would have been successful if not for the era AND his famous Daddy....

In other words, how would this song rate if it did NOT have the history it does?
 
If a frog had pockets, he'd carry a pistol to shoot snakes with. Relax and enjoy reality.  {#Wave}
 always dug this song. tho i wonder what his dad would have thought about bringing in a couple of keys.
testing, testing
 Pyro wrote:
...how would this song rate if it did NOT have the history it does?
 
...and if a toad-frog had wings...


hey dawg why you bringing me down

Pyro wrote:
This brings back memories.

Somehow, I don't think Arlo would have been successful if not for the era AND his famous Daddy....

In other words, how would this song rate if it did NOT have the history it does?



I just want a pickle.

Loved the title of his most recent pass through Northern CA: The Solo Reunion Tour

nigelr wrote:
Who is playin' the awesome guit on this wonderous gem?

If my foggy memory serves, that is Ry Cooder.

This brings back memories.

Somehow, I don't think Arlo would have been successful if not for the era AND his famous Daddy....

In other words, how would this song rate if it did NOT have the history it does?
Who is playin' the awesome guit on this wonderous gem?

A perfect aural snapshot of the times...1967 and, sadly,  2008.  Thank you, Arlo.

We should also thank Officer Obie.  Even though he was not involved in this particular tune, his participation in the incident which spawned Alice's Restaurant may have changed the culture a bit.
 Alifreckles50 wrote:
fun CD! we love to listen to "Alice's Restaurant" - on Thanksgiving, of course!
 
Thanks for not playing Alice's Restaurant for the 10billionth time as if Arlo Guthrie  never did anything else.
Always liked the Woodstock version of this much better.  This one is a little too country.  You can hardly hear his vocals.
Stefen wrote:
Do you think they get the Group W bench reference?
Wot?
Me no like Arlo Guthrie. He not caveman, he hippie.

fun CD! we love to listen to "Alice's Restaurant" - on Thanksgiving, of course!
horstman wrote:
This from a guy (supposedly) whose nickname is a gun? Group W bench for you too, fool!
Do you think they get the Group W bench reference?
:guitarist:
People can't help it when they are ahead of their time, they pull forward those that still drag behind...
ndad47 wrote:
this song takes me back. like a little time machine. i wonder what would happen if this song came out today. we would take arlo and drop him off somewhere in iraq
How true is that?! I was twice fortunate back then; I stayed out of the madness in Vietnam and got to see him perform at the, now gone, Golden Bear in Huntington Beach, CA. It's sad that much of his work, and many other's of that time, still applies today. He did this as well as the entire Alice's Restaurant. And I wasn't too stoned to forget the experience! :lol:
Love the guit on this version! Alices' was such a great album in the day....... :sunny:
:whistle:
this song takes me back. like a little time machine. i wonder what would happen if this song came out today. we would take arlo and drop him off somewhere in iraq
goo wrote:
Hippie Dippie protest crap. really bad recording too. I don't like this at all.
Goo, too bad everything you listen to in american rock and pop dates back to the 60s/early 70s protest crap. Guess you are an Elvis fan and I don't mean Costello.
Misterfixit wrote:
A couple of keys? No wait, my car keys? A can of peas ... oh, a cup of tea ... sorry mister customs man my hearing ain't what it was back in the day ... Arlo my old friend, you rock!
:roflol: Glorious!!!!
Glockman45 wrote:
pretty narrow minded suggestion as if that is the only choice we, you, I have.......
This from a guy (supposedly) whose nickname is a gun? Group W bench for you too, fool!
A couple of keys? No wait, my car keys? A can of peas ... oh, a cup of tea ... sorry mister customs man my hearing ain't what it was back in the day ... Arlo my old friend, you rock!
So. Good.
Frank Black has occasionally covered this song in concert, and his version is amazing. For me, it's a lot better than this one.
skyguy wrote:
Sure sounds like clarence white on guitar anyone know?
Good ear. (click here)
millenium wrote:
OK - It's a time-out for you... go sit on the Group "W" bench...
pretty narrow minded suggestion as if that is the only choice we, you, I have.......
A slice of Americana. Vintage.
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goo wrote:
Hippie Dippie protest crap. really bad recording too. I don't like this at all.
OK - It's a time-out for you... go sit on the Group "W" bench...
my goodness doesn't this song bring back old memories - i remember singing this song in college and doesn't that age me - DON'T TOUCH MY BAGS IF YOU PLEASE MR. CUSTOMS MAN and doesn't that mean something altogether different today - sigh
Hippie Dippie protest crap. really bad recording too. I don't like this at all.
Sure sounds like clarence white on guitar anyone know?
Just realized how ancient I am -- knowing Arlo Guthrie songs! :eek: :eek:
I like the Peppers, and Arlo rocks too. Now for this L.A. theme, what next? The Doors - L.A. Woman?
Haven't heard it in 30 years but can still sing along like it was yesterday.
Those were the days. Dogs were for petting.