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The Chair | 11-Nov-04

'The Chair' is a poem by a New Zealand female poet. It's a long narrative poem with a firm, fast, repetitive rhythm. It tells the story of someone who inherits an old comfy armchair which is sneered at by other family members, but which proves invaluable when it is discovered to be stuffed with banknotes!

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There is an old music hall song called "Granny's old armchair"with exactly the same story. Written by John Read, and recorded by Billy Williams in 1909, and by Bob Davenport in the 1970's, its chorus goes something like this, "How they tittered, how they chaffed, how my brothers and my sisters laughed, when they heard the lawyer declare, Granny's gone and left to you the old armchair"
gill hartshea

Granny's Old Armchair or Grandmothers Old Armchair sung by Frank Crumit. Apparently it dates back to the 19th Century.

Jeremy Faure-Field

Does anyone know where I can get hold of the Bob Davenport recording. I can remember Bob and the Raikes singing the song on the Euston Road, London very early in the Seventies.
Dave Clarke

I found this on another website
Words & music by Frank Carr 1880
Granny's Old Arm Chair
1. My Granny, do you see, at the age of eighty three,
One day was taken ill and soon she died;
And after she was dead,
The will to us was read,
By a Lawyer as we stood side by side
To my Brother then I found,
She had left a Hundred pounds,
And the same unto my sister I declare,
But when he came to me,
?Ah? the Lawyer says ?I see,
She?s but left to you her Old arm chair.?

[CHORUS sung after each verse]
Hey they tittered! how they chaffed!
How my brothers and my sisters laughed,
When they heard the Law yer declare,
Granny only left to me her old arm chair.

2. Now I thought it hardly fair, yet I said I did not care,
And in the evening took the chair away;
The Neighbors at me laughed,
And my Brother at me chaffed,
And he said ?it will come handy John one day
When you?re settled down in life,
Take some young girl for your wife,
And then you will be happy I declare,
And when at home at night,
and your fire is burning bright,
You can sit down in your Old arm chair.?

3. What my brother said came true, for in about a year or two
I soon was settled down in married life;
I first a girl did court,
And then the ring I bought,
Took her to church and soon she was my wife
Now the old girl and me,
We?re as happy as can be,
And when my work is over I declare,
?Abroad I never roam,
and at night I stay at home,
And sit down in my Old arm chair.?

4. Now one night the chair I found had fallen to the ground,
And the bottom had dropped out upon the floor;
And there to my surprise,
And right before my eyes,
Laid some banknotes of ten thousand pounds or more,
When my Brother heard of this,
Now the fellow I confess
And mad with rage he almost tore his hair,
When I said ?now brother Jim
don?t you think it is a sin
That you didn?t get the Old arm chair.?


Dave Clemo

It was a song sung by a country singer, played on radio in the fifties or sixties.
Jean russell

I only remember hearing it sung on the radio once when I was a child in Liverpool. I was about ten years old which would be 1955 and I remember my parents and siblings laughing. I still remember the tune and we imagined it to be of North American origin as it had a country and western flavour.
hilary cavagnoli

no comment
Rob Johnston


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