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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Randy Brooks, as performed by Elmo and Patsy

 

This was originally recorded in the key of E, which requires lots of awkward barre chords.  This is transposed to the more finger-friendly key of G.

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010

         132

D:    xx0232

      134211

F:    133211

       12

Em:   022000

       13421

Bm:   x24432

      3    1

G7:   3x0001

       123

A:   x02220

       231

E:    022100

       2 1

E7:   020100

 

 

 

Strumming Guide:   (Two options.  Take your pick.)

 

B   D   D U D U

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

w/Alternating Bass

B   D U B   D U

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Chorus:

   G (6)

Grandma got run over by a reindeer

                                                             C (4)

Walking home from our house Christmas eve

                                                        G (2)

You can say there's no such thing as Santa

      D (2)                                       G      F (hold 2 beats)  C (hold 2 beats)       

But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

 

G (hold 2 measures)                         D (4)

     She'd been drinking too much egg nog

                                             G (4)

And we'd begged her not to go

                                    C (2)

But she forgot her medication

                D (2)                                        G (2)        

And she staggered out the door into the snow

 

Em (2)                                              Bm (2)

     When they found her Christmas morning

D (2)                              G (2)

     At the scene of the attack

G7 (2)                                     C (2)

    She had hoof prints on her forehead

            D (2)                                       G (hold 2 measures)

And incriminating Claus marks on her back

 

Chorus

 

G (hold 2 measures)                     D (4)

     Now were all so proud of Grandpa

                                      G (4)

He's been taking this so well

                                         C (2)

See him in there watching football

                D (2)                                            G (2)

Drinking beer and playing cards with cousin Mel

 

Em (2)                                       Bm (2)

      It's not Christmas without Grandma

D (2)                                      G (2)

    All the family's dressed in black

G7 (2)                                      C (2)

     And we just can't help but wonder

              D (4, hold 2nd measure)                                      

Should we open up her gifts or send them back? (Send them back!)

 

Chorus

 

G (hold 2 measures)                   D (4)

      Now the goose is on the table

                                       G (4)

And the pudding made of fig

                                  C (2)

And a blue and silver candle

                  D (2)                                                        G (2)

That would just have matched the hair in Grandma's wig

 

Em (2)                                           Bm (2)

     I've warned all my friends and neighbors

D (2)                                    G (2)

    Better watch out for yourselves

G7 (2)                                  C (2)

     They should never give a license

          D (4, hold 2nd measure)                                      

To a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves

 

Outro Choruses:

   G (6)

Grandma got run over by a reindeer

                                                             C (4)

Walking home from our house Christmas eve

                                                        G (2)

You can say there's no such thing as Santa

      D (2)                                       G      E7 (hold)   

But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

 

   A (6)

Grandma got run over by a reindeer

                                                             D (4)

Walking home from our house Christmas eve

                                                        A (2)

You can say there's no such thing as Santa

      E (2)                                       A      E7    A (4, hold 3rd beat of 4th measure)   

But as for me and Grandpa, we believe

 

End

 


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.