Chairs to Mend


These would have been the cries of chair-menders, fishmongers & ragpickers as they sold their wares daily on the streets of Oxford in the 1700s & 1800s.


Chairs to mend, old chairs to mend,
Mackerel, fresh mackerel,
Any old rags, any old rags?

Change lyrics to reflect what people sell nowadays, for instance, imagine what sellers in a mall might be calling as you walk by.

New gym shoes, buy new gym shoes,
Video game, fun video game,
Warm hot dogs, warm hot dogs.

See also

Extras for Plus Members

  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen

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