If I'd as much money as I could spend,
I never would cry old chairs to mend;
Old chairs to mend, old chairs to mend;
I never would cry old chairs to mend.
If I'd as much money as I could tell,
I never would cry old clothes to sell;
Old clothes to sell, old clothes to sell;
I never would cry old clothes to sell.
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Information About Old Chairs To Mend
Old chairs to mend is a nursery rhyme that portrays the street cry of a chair bottomer/mender.
During the 1800's and the 1900's, a chair mender would carry with him materials to mend the bottoms and backs of chairs. These materials included; rope, splint or cord.
He would have been heard every day by the townspeople.
The deeper meaning of this rhyme commemorates a common job which has been lost through the years, and the rhyme helps keep it alive.
"If I'd as much money, as I could spend, I never would cry "Old chairs to mend", meaning that if the chair mender had more money, he wouldn't be mending chairs.