Old Grandma

DESCRIPTION: In praise of Grandma, who raised 21 kids right and lived the good life. "Old Grandma when ... infants came and times got bad, She stuck right on to old Grand-dad." "But young girls now are the other way: They're up all night and sleep all day"
AUTHOR: Words: John I. White
EARLIEST DATE: 1929 (_The Lonesome Cowboy_)
KEYWORDS: mother children family derivative
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf,West)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Peacock, pp. 81-82, "Old Grandma" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/Johnston-FolkSongsOfCanada, pp. 94-95, "Old Grandma" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: John I. White, _Git Along, Little Dogies: Songs and Songmakers of the American West_, 1975 (page references are to the 1989 University of Illinois Press edition), pp. 183-188, "Great Grandma" (2 texts, 1 tune, plus a history of the song)

Roud #4543
Monica Rossiter, "Grandmere" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Mrs. Rossiter, "Old Grandma" (on PeacockCDROM)

cf. "Great Grand-dad" (tune)
NOTES [43 words]: White reports writing four verses of this song in the 1920s, set to the tune of "Great Grand-dad" (and intended to be about his wife). The song went into tradition very quickly; within a couple of decades, he reports versions with as many as nine verses. - RBW
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File: FJ094

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