Saturday, 8 November 2008

Isn't it a nobby one?

Where did you get that hat?
Where did you get that tile?
Isn't it a nobby one
And just the proper style?
I should like to have one
Just the same as that
Wherever I go they'd shout "Hello!
Where did you get that hat?"

Joseph J Sullivan had been a blackface comedian and acrobatic singer (?) who introduced this song at Miners Eighth Avenue Theatre in New York in 1888. It became an immediate hit and the title became a slang catch phrase; the song then crossed the Atlantic to make its mark on the British music hall. The words above are the amended ones written later by James Rolmaz and sung by J G Heffron.

You can get the tune as a ringtone, but never let it ring in Saint Peter's.


eric said...

Any idea what the original words were? In any event, it is easy to see why this little song caught on.

Tony said...

No, sorry, Eric, I haven't.

Hugh said...

Never mind about the song, the hat is stunning! If only Jesus of Nazareth could have seen it, how impressed he would have been!