From Thomas C. Goodhart
Thanksgiving is a time abounding with associations, where each item on our often copiously supplied dining table connects us to something, or usually more regularly, someone else: your great aunt Ida’s Brussels sprout casserole or grandma’s sweet potato pie. Even what we do on this day is loaded with connections. You watch the Lion’s game because that’s what your dad did and what his dad did on Thanksgiving, even if you tend not to pay them much attention the rest of the season. Thanksgiving is fraught with associations, as I suppose are most holidays. But Thanksgiving is special in the way that it combines the personal/familial and the national/patriotic with good doses of the spiritual/religious thrown in as well.
Some of those associations are the songs and music we connect to the holiday. To be fair, there’s not a lot of music specifically for this day because I think as the facebook memes convey, it is quickly and easily overshadowed by the “Christmas” season. Still, there are a few. For instance there’s "Over the River and Through the Wood" (although I could only think of the first verse). And popularly there’s the likes of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” which actually includes very little music or Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Turkey Lurkey Time,” again, not really a rousing song for the whole family to join in around the table. And famously, Adam Sandler’s “The Thanksgiving Song,” which is actually more easily sung around the banqueting feast, but probably shouldn’t.