Grand​-​Maman

from by Benoit Christie

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It's hard for me to explain my relationship to my maternal Grandmother in words, let alone in song. She is in many ways a remarkable woman and I have to thank her for all she's done, whether it be feeding me or raising my mother. Though no person or family is perfect, this song is simply an expression of gratitude for the moments of love and support that she's provided, directly and indirectly.

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My Grandma is a person who's much more than my hero,
She helped raise me up from just a snot-nosed double zero
I always go to visit, whenever I'm in town
And even though I raid the kitchen, she don't mind me being 'round

Sometimes I'm too familiar, sometimes I'm kinda rude,
But I can't say that I know what I would have done without all that food, that she gave me, that
foo. . . o-o-ood
foo. . . o-o-ood
that foo. . . o-o-oo, o-o-oo...


My Grandma is a person who's been through more than me,
and whatever she has I know she'll share it readily
I had to learn to say no thanks, to what I didn't need
Cuz' after all, really all I got is just one mouth to feed

Sometimes she's a bit eccentric, sometimes she's got no brakes
But I can't say that I've lived my young life without making mistakes, makin'
Mista. . . a-a-akes
Mista. . . a-a-aKes
Mista. . .a-a-a, a-a-a…

(Pour les francophones cette fois)

Ma Grand-Mère est une personne qui me donne de l'espoir,
et moi qui la connait je sais qu'elle s'en fout de la gloire
Elle a fait le tour du monde, avec mon Grand-Père,
Et maintenant tout mes plus beaux t-shirts viennent de la friperie "Les Petits Frères"

Ma Grand-Mère est solide man, comme le Gibraltar,
Et puis je sais que j'devrais l'écouter quand elle me dit de pas m'coucher trop
ta. . . a-a-ard
trop ta. . . a-a-ard
trop ta. . . a-a-a, a-a-a. . .

(improv)

Oh, the cells in my body came from one single egg,
I cannot trace it back all to where we first beg,
For all our beginnings to be so clean and shapely,
My Grandma is a person, and she sure is stately

She helped raise me up from just a snot-nosed double zero,
and I always go to visit, whenever I'm in town. . .

In town. . . in town. . .
In town. . . in town. . .

And even though I raid the kitchen,
She don't mind me being 'round, being 'round. . .

credits

from Out There E​.​P., released June 8, 2014
Thanks to Tariq for spontaneous hamonies on the choruses

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