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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.