Download free ukulele sheet music, “I’m My Own Grandpa”
This is a dang funny ukulele song, guaranteed to make you more popular and break the ice at parties.
As Wikipedia says:
“I’m My Own Grandpa” (sometimes rendered as “I’m My Own Grandpaw“) is a novelty song written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe, performed by Lonzo and Oscar in 1947, about a man who, through an unlikely (but legal) combination of marriages, becomes stepfather to his own stepmother—that is, tacitly dropping the “step-” modifiers, he becomes his own grandfather.
I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t realize how immensely popular and well-know this song is until I started writing this post.
I’ve owned an old 78rpm record of “I’m My Own Grandpa” since forever, and I assumed that unless you were someone else who also had a weird collection of 78rpm novelty records, you would never have heard the song.
You’re probably way ahead of me. The song is HUGE.
And apparently everyone in the world not only knows it, but has made a recording of it!
- Ray Stevens
- Willie Nelson
- Grandpa Jones
- The Jesters
- Asylum Street Spankers
- Jim Kweskin
- The Muppets
And on and on and on. Check YouTube and you’ll find dozens of versions, including one by every third ukulele player in the world.
I was happy to find this version, too, by Lonzo & Oscar, which is the version I have on 78:
Free Download: “I’m My Own Grandpa” with Ukulele Chords
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History of the song:
From the Mudcat website:
Here’s the entry from Dorothy Horstman’s Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy (Country Music Foundation Press, 1975, 1986, 1996)
Quote from Dwight Latham:
Back in the early days of radio in the thirties, I had a very successful group called The Jesters performing three nights a week on NBC.
Our specialty was novelty songs and bits of spoken humor. In reading a book of anecdotes and sayings by Mark Twain, I came across a paragraph wherein he proved it was possible for a man to become his own grandpa by a certain succession of events beginning with the premise that if the man married widow with a grown-up daughter and his father married the daughter, etc., etc., he would eventually become his own grandpa.
The idea seemed funny enough to repeat on the air, and sure enough, the response was very good.
Later Moe Jaffe and I decided to expand the basic idea and set it as a song.