Mrs Growbeck's armchair

by John Lewis Smith

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An old lady reflects on her long life, spanning most of the 20th century


Mrs Growbeck’s Armchair: Words and Music by John Lewis Smith
Copyright Lewis Music (1982) ISRC GBGHU0300015

Mrs Growbeck’s armchair
Pretty solid somewhat square
Mrs Growbeck’s armchair

Verse 1.
Velvet covered, faded green
A sunken seat with a broken spring
Crumpled cushion on the seat
Slightly shabby, slightly creased
Patterned flowers red and dusty
Worn with time beneath her sleeve ... Chorus

Verse 2.
An oval mirror on the wall
A brass coal scuttle by her stool
Her husband’s chair near the door
It’s been empty since the war
Sepia photographs and pipe racks
Activate her memory store ... Chorus

Verse 3.
A place to dose and be alone
To relive scenes from long ago
The past recaptured in her head
But half the cast are long since dead
Horses hooves on cobbled lanes
Echo round her shrinking brain ... Chorus

Verse 4.
Schoolgirl days and platted hair
Country lanes and love affairs
Favourite games her children played
They all grew up and moved away
Dying embers in the grate
Firing flames of love and hate ... Chorus


released April 2, 2010
Words and music by John Lewis Smith
Lewis Music ISRC GBGHU0300015


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