Fashion in Song – The Hat My Father Wore on St. Patrick’s Day (1909)

First recorded by Billy Murray, 1909, the song was revived 40 years later by Gene Kelly in the 1949 film Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

“Where did you get that hat?” folks ask me every day
“Isn’t it a nifty one?” I’ve often heard them say
“Keep it on, it’s funny! Can’t you see the people smile?”
It keeps me busy telling them the history of this tile!
The hat my dear old father wore upon St. Patrick’s Day
Talk about respect! with his head erect as he marched along Broadway
“Not a man in line looked half so fine,” my dear old mother used to say
“As your father did with that old-time lid upon Saint Patrick’s Day!”
The hat my dear old father wore upon St. Patrick’s Day
Talk about respect! with his head erect as he marched along Broadway
“Not a man in line looked half so fine,” my dear old mother used to say
“As your father did with that old-time lid upon Saint Patrick’s Day!”
I wouldn’t trade that hat for anything on earth
I keep it as a relic of the land of Daddy’s birth
A finer sky-piece never covered gray-haired, silvery locks

https://youtu.be/KH7E5rCgS3k?t=1m21s

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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