Tassels on Her Boots
DESCRIPTION: The singer is intrigued by the tassels on a girl's boots. He courts her; she speculates that he is sad because he always stares at the ground. He explains that he is looking at the tassels. Now they are married; he intends to tassel the childrens' boots
AUTHOR: Robert Coombs
EARLIEST DATE: 1869 (publication)
KEYWORDS: clothes courting
FOUND IN: US(MW,So)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph 491, "Tassels on Her Boots" (1 text)
Peters, pp. 158-159, "Tassels on Her Boots" (1 text, 1 tune)
Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 93-94, "Tassels on the Boots" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gilbert, p. 60, "Tassels on Her Boots" (1 partial text)
Cap and Gown ("When, trembling Freshmen, first We sought this class share") (Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, p. 64)
NOTES [136 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 "Jockey Hat and Feather."
Internet sources say that this is from a dramatic production, "Ixion (The Man at the Wheel)." At least one also listed a different author, Arthur Cheney. The earliest sheet music I've found says only "as sung by Emelie Melville."
The Coote(s) associated with waltzes in the first stanza is Charles Coote, a bandleader and light music composer whose greatest fame came in the 1870s, but who now is almost completely forgotten. A check of half a dozen musical histories failed to turn up any information about him, and I couldn't find much more in an (admittedly rather cursory) internet search. - RBW
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