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I'm My Own Grandpa

  • (Moe Jaffe / Dwight Latham)

    Now I'm my own grandpa, I'm my own grandpa
    It sounds funny I know, but really it's so
    I'm my own grandpa

    Many many years ago when I was twenty-three
    I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be
    This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red
    My father fell in love with her and soon the two were wed

    This made my dad my son-in-law and changed my very life
    My daughter was my mother, 'cause she was my father's wife
    And to complicate the matter even though it brought him joy
    He soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy

    The little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad
    And thus became my uncle though it was very sad
    For if he was my uncle then that also made him brother
    To the widow's grown-up daughter who of course was my step-mother

    Father's wife then had a son who kept him on the run
    He became my grandchild 'cause he was my daughter's son
    My wife is now my mother's mother and it makes me blue
    Although she is my wife she is my grandmother, too

    Now if my wife is my grandmother then I'm her grandchild
    Every time I think about it nearly drives me wild
    'Cause now I have become the strangest case you ever saw
    As husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa

    (as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

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  • english [1975:] 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 a 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. (Dwight Latham, quoted in Dorothy Horstman, Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy)

  • english [1979:] Authors Lonzo & Oscar (acc. to notes Iain MacKintosh, 'Live in Glasgow')

  • english [1992:] Original by Moe Jaffe, Dwight Latham, written 1947, acc. to BR, UWP Archive, www.leo.org/

  • english [1995:] I sat down one night and worked this all out on paper. And it really does work - it's not legal, but it works. (Intro Iain MacKintosh)

  • german [2003] Praktische Anwendung eines Literaturkenners mit Durchblick
    (Dieser Brief soll tatsächlich so geschrieben worden sein ... wenn nicht, mte er so geschrieben werden ... )

    Sehr geehrter Herr Verteidigungsminister,

    erlauben Sie mir bitte die Freiheit, Ihnen respektvoll Folgendes zu unterbreiten und ich bitte Sie um Ihre wohlwollende Bemühung, die Angelegenheit rasch zu bearbeiten.

    Zur Zeit warte ich auf den Einzug ins Militär, bin 24 Jahre alt und mit einer 44jährigen Witwe verheiratet, welche eine Tochter von 25 Jahren hat. Mein Vater hat besagte Tochter geheiratet. Somit ist mein Vater mein Schwiegersohn geworden, da er ja die Tochter meiner Frau geheiratet hat. Zudem ist meine angeheiratete Tochter meine Stiefmutter geworden, da sie ja meinen Vater geheiratet hat. Meine Frau und ich haben letzten Januar einen Sohn bekommen. Dieser ist Bruder der Frau meines Vaters, somit der Schwager meines Vaters.

    Außerdem ist er auch mein Onkel, da er ja der Bruder meiner Stiefmutter ist. Die Frau meines Vaters hat an Weihnachten einen Sohn bekommen, der zugleich mein Bruder ist, da er ja Sohn meines Vaters ist, und mein Enkel ist, weil er Sohn der Tochter meiner Frau ist.

    Ich bin also der Bruder meines Enkels und da der Ehemann der Mutter einer Person ja der Vater ist, resultiert, dass ich der Vater der Tochter meiner Frau bin und Bruder ihres Sohnes. Also bin ich mein Großvater - und umgekehrt auch mein Enkel.

    Nach diesen Erklärungen, sehr geehrter Herr Minister, bitte ich Sie, mich von der Militärdienstpflicht zu befreien, da das Gesetz verbietet, dass Großvater, Vater, Sohn und Enkel zugleich Militärdienst leisten.

    Ich bin von Ihrem Verständnis, hoch verehrter Herr Minister, überzeugt, und bitte Sie, meine vorzügliche Hochachtung zu akzeptieren.

    Verfasser leider unbekannt .... auch unbekannt ... frag mal Roman

  • english See also http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=119: DTStudy: I'm My Own Grandpa

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