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Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Year: 1978

Written By: Randy Brooks

Along with all of the traditional Christmas carols out there, you have the novelty songs as well. Grandma got run over by a reindeer is one such song. While it is not very Christmas oriented in the traditional sense it gained popularity quickly upon its release. It has since become a big favorite during the holiday season.

Grandma got run over by a reindeer was written by Randy Brooks. According to him, he wrote and then played the song in Tahoe in December 1978. Elmo and Patsy Shropshire approached him to make a cassette of the song and then performed it in 1979. Within the year, they were selling 45's of the single record at their concerts. People enjoyed the song and they sold many copies. Elmo was even on the album cover dressed in drag acting as the grandmother in the song. The song made it to number 92 on the country charts quickly.

In the early 80's it became a seasonal hit first on country and then the top 40 stations. It wasn't long before the song was being requested all of the time during Christmas. Patsy and Elmo were soon signed to Epic records and Grandma got run over by a reindeer soared to the top.

The adult version of the song pictures grandma as having too much eggnog and wandering out into the snow on Christmas Eve. She is either drunk or on medication and ends up being run over by Santa and his reindeer and killed. The crust of the song seems to be that on Christmas morning grandpa is not even concerned and plays cards with Cousin Mel. While the song does not seem like something one would enjoy at Christmas, it has increased in popularity. The song was rerecorded by Elmo in 1992 and then again in 2000 after his divorce. The latest version of the song was released in 2007.

The popular Christmas song was made into a cartoon in 2000 but was toned down for children. Grandma was not a drunk and she lived. It also wasn't Santa who ran over her in the TV version.

 

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Lyrics


Grandma got runned over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas Eve.
You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.

She'd been drinkin' too much eggnog,
And we'd begged her not to go.
But she'd left her medication,
So she stumbled out the door into the snow.

When they found her Christmas mornin',
At the scene of the attack,
There were hoof prints on her forehead,
And incriminatin' Claus marks on her back.

Grandma got runned over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas Eve.
(On her way home)
You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
(Say there's no Santa)
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.
(Lord, we believe)

Now we're all so proud of Grandma,
He's been takin' this so well.
See him in there watchin' football,
Drinkin beer and playin' cards with cousin Belle.

It's not Christmas without Grandma.
All the family's dressed in black.
And we just can't help but wonder:
Should we open up her gifts or send them back?

Grandma got runned over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas Eve.
(Midnight before Christmas)
You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
(Say there's no Santa)
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.
(Lord, we believe)

Now the goose is on the table
And the pudding made of fig.
And a blue and silver candle
That would have just matched the hair in grandma's wig.

I've warned all my friends and neighbors.
"Better watch out for yourselves.
They should never give a license,
To a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves."

Grandma got runned over by a reindeer
Walking home from our house Christmas Eve.
(Minding her own business)
You can say there's no such thing as Santa,
(What do you mean there's no Santa?)
But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.
(Lord, we believe)

Oh
As for me and Grandpa, we believe.
(We believe in Santa Claus.

 

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