American Old Time Song Lyrics: 19 Grandpas Donkey

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 19

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Sung with great success by Lester and Williams.
Tune- "A Violet From Mother's Grave."

Grandpa had a donkey, his maiden name was Pete,
The masher of the stables, he had no nose or feet;
He would get drunk on oysters, was cross-eyed and too fresh.
His bones weighed forty ounces, and you could not see his flesh.
As a kicker, none slicker, he won the cake and cheese.
He'd wear out any sidewalk and eat up house and trees;
He was trained in the hind legs, he could drain stale beer kegs.
Grandpa's heart is broke since Peter died.

Peter kicked the bucket, for he had the yellow jaundice,
They made mincemeat of his ears, tail And hide,
To remove him they were not able, so they put crape upon the stable,
Grandpa's heart is broke since Peter died.

He was born in the south of Italy, his parents they were Jews,
He stood seventeen feet high in stockings without shoes;
With Roscoe he went to Congress, and if he had acted smart,
He might have been conductor on a dizzy railway cart;
But he was a hummer, a loafer, a turncoat and a tramp,
His sickness was caused from drinking out of a Chinese lamp;
He ate up fourteen hens. cleaned out sixty-eight pig-pens,
Grandpa's heart is broke since Peter died.

Snowballs on his tombstone to keep his memory fresh,
This quadruped I don't think ever lied;
He is buried in our back yard, his headstone is a postal card,
So grandpa's heart is broke since Peter died.
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