Traditional & Folk Songs with lyrics, midis & Mp3
1. Old Grandma when the west was new
She wore hoop skirts and bustles too
When infants came and times got bad,
She stuck right on to old Granddad.
2. She worked hard seven days a week
To keep Granddad well-fed and sleek
Twenty-one children came to bless
Their happy home in the wilderness.
3. Twenty-one boys, oh, how they grew!
Big and strong, on bacon, too
They slept on the floor with the sheep and the goats
And they hunted in the woods in their oilskin coats.
4. Twenty-one necks grandma would scrub
Twenty-one shirts in the old washtub
Twenty-one meals three times a day -
It's no wonder Grandma's hair turned grey.
5. Old [Great] Granddad was a busy man
He washed his face in the frying pan
He shaved his beard with a hunting knife
And he wore the same [one] suit all his life.
6. Old [Great] Grandma had a broody hen
She got it from her cousin Ben
In a pair of pants she made a nest
And the hen hatched out a coat and vest.
7. She could make good mountain dew
Homebaked beans and Irish stew
Old granddad [Great Grandpa] once killed a goat
And Grandma made a new fur coat.
8. And what she did was quite all right,
She worked all day and slept all night
But young folk [girls] now they're [are] the other way
They're up all night and they  sleep all day.
from Fowke, "based on one Kenneth Peacock collected in Newfoundland."
A later re-write of "Great Grand-Dad".