"Albuquerque" is the last song of "Weird Al" Yankovic's Running with Scissors album. At 11 minutes and 22 seconds, it is the longest song Yankovic has ever released on any of his official studio albums.
With the exception of the choruses and occasional bridges, the track is mostly a spoken word narration about Yankovic's made-up life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after winning a first-class one-way airplane ticket to the city. According to Yankovic, the song is in the style of the "hard-driving rock narrative" of artists like The Rugburns, Mojo Nixon and George Thorogood.
Song and lyrics
Yankovic set off to write the lengthy song, considering it as a final track for Running with Scissors. The long meandering story was not expected to be popular and instead Yankovic wanted to compose a song "that's just going to annoy people for 12 minutes," making it feel like an "odyssey" for the listener after making it through to the end. Yankovic described writing the song as "free flowing," writing down a great deal of material he thought would be funny including previous ancedotes he had recorded, and trimming it down to form a lengthy "semi-cohesive story." The lyrics were too long to include in the liner notes for the album (it literally ends midsentence and goes into a written apology by Al), though full lyrics were posted to Yankovic's website.
During a stagecoach holdup, Celia Wallace is robbed of $10,000 and little Myrtle Walton is saved from the runaway horses by a passenger, Cole Armin.
Celia is grateful until she learns Cole is coming to Albuquerque to work for his uncle, John Armin, a ruthless freight-line owner who stops at nothing to put competitors Celia and her brother Ted out of business.
Concluding that his uncle was even behind the robbery, Cole switches sides to work for the Wallaces. Armin uses a woman, Letty Tyler, to spy on his adversaries, but she resents being used when a mine is blown up and Ted is wounded by gunfire.
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Elizabeth Bibiano, co-owner of Nobody Calls Me Chicken, prepares food at the new all-vegan restaurant featuring fired tofu mimicking fried chicken, in NortheastAlbuquerque...Jonathan and Elizabeth Bibiano, owners of Nobody Calls Me Chicken, a new all-vegan restaurant featuring fired tofu mimicking fried chicken, in Northeast Albuquerque.
Albuquerque's vegan and vegetarian community has been growing, and now there are a variety of options in the metro area ... Vegos ABQ is a vegan New Mexican restaurant ... ThaiVegan's sweet and sour shrimp stir-fry, the shrimp are formed out of soy protein.
In a wide-ranging conversation Monday night — during which he touched on his raw vegan no-sugar diet, how he came to Albuquerque in the 1970s as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War and the friends who have called or visited him over the past week in the hospital — ...
PAUL CHRISTOPHERSEN, Albuquerque... GABALDON JR., Albuquerque. While being vegan is popular, beef still has fans. RICK WELLER, Albuquerque ... ORTEGA, Albuquerque ... STEPHANIE NEWMAN, Albuquerque ... JOAN NEWMAN, Albuquerque ... JOE ALEXANIAN II, Albuquerque ... MARK YARNELLE, Albuquerque ... MICHAEL PACHECO, Albuquerque ... NINETTE MORDAUNT, Albuquerque.
The MouseHoleCheese Shop owners Nathan Sauceda-Halliday, left, and his wife, Mekala Kennedy, are seen with a display of cheeses at the Albuquerque business ... The chain was founded in Albuquerque in 1978 by Jon Patten and Bill Scott ... Guillen found that there were few vegan options in Albuquerque.
Ventana Ranch residents will no longer have to drive to Cottonwood Mall for a taste of the classic Albuquerque pizza chain Dion’s ... This is Dion’s first new location in the Albuquerque metro area since 2014, and the chain’s 16th Albuquerque metro location overall ... Guillen found that there were few vegan options in Albuquerque.
I'm not a vegetarian, much less a vegan, so talking about food in those terms is a bit like learning a new language ... I learned this from Albuquerque restaurateur Tina Archuleta, an Indigenous vegan whose experiences living in a "food desert" shaped her future ... Local incubators don't prioritize business owners who don't live in Albuquerque, she said.
Food truckLuckyGoose, which has catered to meat-free diners with vegan milkshakes and plant-based burgers, had its grand opening for its Nob Hill space on Friday ... Guillen found that there were few vegan options in Albuquerque ... Earlier this year, they debuted a vegan milkshake at their warehouse space.
“But Albuquerque has yet to see that food truck boom that California and Texas, and places like that have seen ... “The reason we came back to Albuquerque to do it was because the startup costs here are a lot lower than they are in Los Angeles, and then because we do vegan or plant-based burgers and fries,” Guillen said.
His grandfather had a restaurant in China and his parents are the founders of Chow’s Bistro in Santa Fe and Albuquerque... The menu stands out for its numerous vegan and gluten-free offerings ... Its unique menu items and vegan and gluten-free options place it in the upper echelon of Albuquerque’s Chinese restaurants. FAN TANG. Three stars ... .
But when she noticed that there were few vegan options of her favorite New Mexican dishes readily available, she said she realized that other people with a similar diet may also be missing the comfort of the cuisine. “I was missing out on all those textures and flavors that I enjoyed so much before I was vegan,” she said.