Music Video of the Day: Elmo & Patsy — Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (1984, dir by ????)

Today’s music video of the day is for that timeless “classic,” Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.

I use the quotation marks because not everyone thinks that this song is a classic.  Some people, like me, think the song gets kinda unbearable after you hear it six or seven times.  I feel bad for people who work retail and who have to spend 8 hours listening to this.  Hopefully, they’ll get paid extra for the pain and suffering…

That said, I have to admit that I’m strangely fascinated by this song.  It’s generally considered to be a children’s song, though it’s actually rather dark.  Grandma is apparently an old alcoholic who is beyond saving.  After getting drunk and ruining Christmas Eve, she stumbles outside and nearly gets killed when she falls over.  The song’s narrator is told that she was run over by a reindeer because none of the adult wants to confront the truth.  Grandma’s got a problem.

At least, that’s the way I’ve always interpreted the lyrics.  You may hear something else when you listen to this song.  All I know is that, judging from this video, Grandpa is so used to his wife getting violently drunk that he doesn’t even notice anymore.  He sleeps right through it.

It’s kinda sad.


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