Jockey Hat and Feather

DESCRIPTION: "As I was walking out one day A-thinking of the weather I saw a pair of roguish eyes 'Neath a hat and feather." The girl asks how the singer likes her hat. He likes it (or her?) very much. She leaves; he misses her, and dreams of the hat
AUTHOR: Fred Wilson and W. H. Brockway
EARLIEST DATE: 1870 (Oliver Ditson & Co, The New Comic Songster)
KEYWORDS: clothes dream loneliness separation
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph 490, "Jockey Hat and Feather" (1 text)
Gilbert-LostChords, p. 59, "Jockey Hat and Feather" (1 text)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #1120, p. 76, "The Jockey Hat and Feather" (5 references)
New-Comic-Songster, p. 15, "Jockey Hat and Feather" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #7586
NOTES [97 words]: Spaeth (A History of Popular Music in America, p. 173) says that this was "one of a large group of songs [in the 1860s] that discussed details of feminine attire," but mentions only this and "Tassels on Her Boots" -- both of which appear in New-Comic-Songster, though I don't know if that's significant.
According to the broadside descriptions on p. 76 of Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, this was sung by Ben Cotton and by "W. N. Smith, the great bone-player, of Bailey's Circus." - RBW
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