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Is this true - Could I be my own Granpa?

I am my own Granpa !

Many years ago when I was twenty three, 

I got married to a widow who was as 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, for she was my father's wife.

To complicate the matters worse, although it brought me joy. 

I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.

My little baby then became a brother-in-law to Dad 

And so became my uncle, though it made me 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 them on the run. 

And he became my grandson for he was my daughter's son.

My wife is now my Mother's Mother and it makes me blue. 

Because, although she is my wife, She's my Grandma too.

If my wife is my Grandmother, then I am her grandchild. 

And every time I think of it, it really drives me wild.

For now I have become the strangest case you ever saw. 

As the husband of my Grandmother, I am my own Grandpa!!


The lyrics to the song I am my own Grandpa, written by Dwight B. Latham and Moe Jaffe.    This song has been recorded by many artists, including Shel Silverstein, Lonzo & Oscar, Homer & Jethro, Ray Stevens, and Dave Grisman.  It reportedly was inspired by an anecdote that Mark Twain related in a book, proving how a person could become his own grandfather.