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My Father's Hat



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I played a gig last weekend and I wore an old fedora hat that I inherited from my father when he passed away in 1999. People kept telling me they liked the hat and I'd answer, 'well this was my father's hat." On the way home from the gig it occurred to me that this was a good song title. Then the images came flooding back--my Dad dressing for his office job, primping in the mirror, etc. By the next morning I had the whole song. Just a little ragtime ditty, but from the heart.
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My Father’s Hat
words and music, John Whitehead, c. 2009

My father’s hat fits me to a Tee
Seven and five eighths was his size—that’s large, now just like me
I have his ears, his nose, his eyes, 'cept I’m more fat
But I’m a chip right from the block every time I wear his hat.

My Daddy’s lid is a mighty natty brim
Every time I don that cap, well I remember him
I can him see now-- cuttin’ a crease in the crown just so
He’d cock that brim at a rakish trim one last look then he’d go

Never went to work unless his shoes were shined and spiffed
In a glen plaid suit, gold tie clasp, and a pocket hankerchief
You must admit, I’m every inch the cat
I cut a mean profile ‘cuz I’m just his style
When I wear my father’s hat

My father’s hat fits me like a glove
It offers cover for my thinning thatch above
I love the feel of that soft nap against my hand
He had his monogram embossed in gold on the sweatband

The old man’s topper is really swell-e-gant
In his day you wore a hat nearly everywhere you went
He liked to look his best, he was buttoned down and pressed
He used to say that without a hat, well a man just isn’t dressed

Never went to work unless his shoes were shined and spiffed
In a glen plaid suit, gold tie clasp, and a pocket hankerchief
You must admit, darlin’, I’m every inch the cat
I cut mean profile ‘cuz I’m just his style
When I wear my father’s hat

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Feter said 3806 days ago (April 15th, 2009)
My Father's Hat
O my this is way cool ...and I just loved the folky ol timy story
came ..actually this style speaks to me much ..guitar and mandolin
I do this but you doing it SO authentic than anyone ...the feel is
all so awesome all around ..a true classic ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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blindsidedpoets said 3806 days ago (April 16th, 2009)
My Father's Hat
Great song, great lyrics, great guitar work. Love the slide! Just a wonderful song all around!
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thetiler said 3805 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
like the bounce to this and the singing really fits like a great hat:) Spunky cool folk at it's best !

Sounds like a guy my dad would talk about in my grandfather's tile installation business. His name was Harry and would always go to work in a suite though this was tile installation :) Really like how this brings what I've just type home.

This is really terrific and truly one of the best of this style on THIS site !

WaY TO Go !!!!!!!!
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Relic67 said 3801 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Great song! clever, warm lyrics. reminds me a bit of that old irving berlin song about "my walking stick".
Gibson 1916 A3 Mandolin? OK I'm starting to feel some gear envy here.
very nice post.
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Daugrin said 3785 days ago (May 7th, 2009)
Father Knows Best
That autoharp touch is great. I appreciate your off the cuff righteous lyric. Dad would appreciate you.

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tmcfate said 3708 days ago (July 22nd, 2009)
you are blowing in the wind my friend
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crissew said 3699 days ago (August 1st, 2009)
LOL c'ept i'm more fat
Classic sound. Retro with a modern edge. Nice
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MarkHolbrook said 3282 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
Lovin in...
I hold a special place for my father. I have not written music about him yet. So this song makes me want to kick myself and get busy. Excellent!
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alackbass said 2711 days ago (April 15th, 2012)
My Father's Hat
Joyful! Downloaded!
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1rwhite1 said 2406 days ago (February 13th, 2013)
Finger-Snappin' Good!
What a great tribute, John! It got me thinking about my own father and how I never thought that I would mimic some of his old traits, yet I catch myself acting like him all the time. I guess that's the way it goes, eh? Nice and clean shuffle feel. The mix is really great, too, and I love that mandolin!
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MartinD28 said 2402 days ago (February 18th, 2013)
Jaunty good!
Love the lyrics and style. Vocal is pleasant to listen to (like Greg Brown) and love the mandolin.
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