Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

“She’d been drinkin’ too much eggnog, and we’d begged her not to go. But she forgot her medication, and she staggered out the door into the snow…”

Either you can’t usher in the Christmas season without it, or it’s one of the most idiotic songs ever recorded… or both.

When Elmo & Patsy’s “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” was released in 1979 (close enough to our favorite decade that we’ll go ahead and claim it), it was met with equal amounts of laughter and shock.

Not quite as warm and fuzzy as, say, “White Christmas” or “Silver Bells”, the saga of ol’ Grandma getting trampled by the prancing and pawing of eight pairs of hoofs was a little off the beaten path as far as holiday tunes go. But it was (pseudo) funny, and it was eminently singable. And it sure made you stop and listen the first time you heard it.

Patsy (who incidentally had nothing to do with the record) and Elmo divorced in the mid 80s, just as GGROBAR was hitting its stride, but (now Dr.) Elmo still trots himself out every year to hit the talk show circuit and sing a few bars from his morbid little holiday classic.

Of course partial credit goes to singer/songwriter Randy Brooks who first put the words on paper in the mid-70s before allowing Elmo and Patsy to record it for posterity.

Over the years, GGROBAR got its own music video, a hideous 2000 animated special, and it’s been featured in greeting cards, stuffed animals, and even in movies, including Deck the Halls and Jarhead.

…and it’s still around today, generally near the top (and bottom) of people’s favorite (and most hated) Christmas songs.

“They should never give a license to a man who drives a sleigh and plays with elves…”

We ♥ Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.


~ by weheart80s on December 7, 2011.

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