From Bob Dylan to Rick and Morty, 7 songs about turkeys

Thanksgiving is almost here, and since schools are getting dangerously close to burning copies of Howard Zinn A People’s History of the United States in defiance of critical race theory, we’ll spare you Debbie Downer and Francine’s factual accounts of how Thanksgiving is a holiday grounded in the Native American genocide.

Instead, we’ll give in to societal pressures to reduce the holidays to the bare essentials, whether it’s football, cranberry sauce, or those two teenage cousins ​​who come home smelling like weed after having left the house for 45 minutes to “go for a walk.”

And of course, we’d be remiss not to mention another thing that’s integral to Thanksgiving’s identity and image: the turkey.

These gorgeous, tryptophan-filled creatures have somehow become a staple of Thanksgiving culture, starting with the bizarre presidential practice of forgiving a turkey. President Joe Biden just pardoned a turkey named Peanut Butter on Friday afternoon, continuing a tradition started by JFK three days before he was assassinated.

As we celebrate the exoneration of Peanut Butter and other turkeys that were luckier than the ones that will be eaten on millions of tables this holiday season, let’s take a look back at some songs that have been written about turkeys. (Vegans can find some tofurkey songs on Spotify.)

Mac Miller, “Turkey Love”

This 22-minute deep cut of the late Mac Miller mentions a litany of different things, from analingus and Channing Tatum (not exactly in that order) to the bigger question of the rapper eating a turkey burger at a restaurant called Turkey World. .

Although turkeys are only mentioned in this one bar, Miller still saw fit to call the song “Turkey Love”. And there is no love purer than that. Bob Dylan, “Turkey Pursuit”
Although this song is an instrumental track, something about it actually evokes a turkey hunt. Although it’s one of Bob Dylan’s many deep cuts, it serves as the B-side to one of his most iconic singles, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” “Turnin’ Turkey” (from rick and morty)
In an episode of rick and morty, the titular former character transforms into a turkey so he can receive a pardon from the President and wipe the slate clean of his checkered criminal record. The President becomes wise about this and, in response, forces some Army men to turn into turkeys as well so they can get forgiveness and thus thwart Rick Sanchez’s plans.

During the episode, a Toby Keith-esque song plays over a montage of brave men in uniform turning into turkeys to defend our freedoms.

Gobble gobble, indeed.
“Eat me” (from Addams Family Values)
This song was a key part of A Turkey Named Brotherhooda piece performed by an ensemble in the 1993 film Addams Family Values. Pugsley Addams plays a turkey who constantly says “Eat me”, prompting raised eyebrows from parents in the crowd.

Maybe Wednesday Addams playing Pocahontas hasn’t aged well, but this song certainly did for its bold take on Thanksgiving from the often-overlooked perspective of turkeys. Adam Sandler, “The Thanksgiving Song” (from Saturday Night Live)
Some people insist that the early 1990s were the golden age of Saturday Night Live. While that claim is questionable at best, some good moments have come from this era, like Matt Foley’s legendary sketch of Chris Farley or cast member Victoria Jackson who finally left after overstaying her welcome.

In 1992 (the same year Jackson left and took his annoying brand of musical comedy with him), Adam Sandler dropped by during a segment of Weekend Update to sing a song about Thanksgiving that he co-wrote with. SNL writers Robert Smigel and Ian Maxtone-Graham.

The song turns to non-sequitur nonsense humor by paying homage to – you guessed it – turkeys. The result was a fortuitously immortal holiday song that has become a staple of many people’s Thanksgiving celebrations.
Thelonious Monk, “Stuffed Turkey”
This 1964 track by jazz legend Thelonious Monk is based in part on Coleman Hawkins’ composition “Stuffy.” But, you know, Monk decided to make this one about turkeys.

If you’re looking for another instrumental song that fits the Thanksgiving vibe in an inexplicable way, then hey, give this one a try. Let’s have a Kiki/Turkey Lurkey time” (from Joy)
If you’re in the mood not to be in the mood for Thanksgiving, look no further than this song, which has Sarah Jessica Parker for some reason (my girlfriend suggested I add this, and she doesn’t gave me no context for what is happening in the scene.)

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