Old Armchair


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Old Armchair


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The right edge and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There is a significant tear at the upper right edge. There are two moderate tears at the lower left edge. There are two minor tears at the upper left edge. There is acid-related staining on the document. The document was folded horizontally and vertically into twelfths.


Folk songs, American Inheritance and succession -- Songs and music Armchairs -- Songs and music Envy -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Granny's Old Arm Chair. My Grandmother's Chair


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The Old Arm Chair

My grandmother, she, at the age of eighty-three
One day in May was taken ill and died,
And after she was dead,
The will, of course, was read
By a lawyer as we all stood side by side.
To my brother it was found, she’d left a hundred pounds,
The same unto my sister, I’ll declare.
But when it came to me, the lawyer said, I see
Granny’s only left to you the old arm chair.

How they tittered and how they laughed
How my brother and my sister chaffed
When they heard the lawyer declare
Granny’s only left to you the old arm chair.

I thought it hardly fair,
Still I said I did not care
And in the evening took the chair away.
My brother at me laughed,
My sister at me chaffed
And said it will be useful, John, some day,
When you’ve settled down in life,
Take some girl to be your wife,
You’ll find it very handy, I declare
On a cold and frosty night
When the fire is shining bright
You’ll be seated in your old arm chair.

What my brother said was true,
For in a year or two
Strange to say I’d settled down in a married life.
I first the girl did court
And then the ring I bought
Took her to the church and then she was my wife
That little girl and me were as happy as could be
And when the work was over I declare,
I never sought to roam, but I always stayed at home
And be seated in my old arm chair.

One night the chair fell down,
When I picked it up I found
The seat had fallen out upon the floor
And there to my surprise,
I saw before my eyes
A lot of notes - a thousand pounds or more.
When my brother heard of this, the fellow I confess
Went nearly mad with rage and tore his hair
But I just laughed at him and said unto him, Jim
Don’t you wish you had the old arm chair?

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Old Armchair

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The Old Arm Chair

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Additional Songs - 668 Randolph, 467 Warner, 100

Dimensions - Original

208 mm x 278 mm

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Alexandra S. Toomey

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