The other day while out workin’
I was muckin’ out horse stalls and pens
When my wife hollered out Time for supper,
Get washed up, it’s time to come in.
I scrubbed up at the sink in the kitchen,
Then reached for a towel on the rack
When my dearly beloved informed me
Honey, you need a new hat.
Confused, I said Huh? and was certain
I’d misunderstood her decree
But it soon became clear when she said Listen here
Mister, don’t you play stupid with me.
Now there are times when a cowboy should listen
And choose wisely the words he will use
But I spoke up instead for the crown on my head,
Defending it from such abuse.
Why, what’s wrong with this one?
I asked to fend off her attack.
It’s finally broke in like I like it my Dear,
Now why would I want to do that?
Suddenly I realized my error,
How I should have kept quiet instead,
With her eyebrows pitched and her hands on her hips
She glared down her nose and she said.
`Cause it looks like it’s been through the pig pen,
In a stampede and hit by a train
Not to mention the waft when you take your hat off,
Honey it’s time to retire that thing,
The brim’s full of cracks, tears and creases,
It’s seen better days that’s for sure,
It’s cause for concern from its stem to its stern,
Sweetie face it, it’s lost its allure.
Now I suppose if I’d just kept my mouth shut
A slim chance might have remained
But I antagonized her ire when I tossed fuel on the fire,
And your point? I proudly proclaimed.
The argument then escalated
From debate to just short of war,
My sweetheart’s demeanor went from nasty to meaner
When she added And further more!
You’re getting a new hat tomorrow
So for a funeral we’ll burn that old thing
‘Cause a burial would spoil and contaminate the soil
Not to mention the underground spring.
So the subject is closed, done and settled,
It’s finished, completed, thee end,
You’re getting a new hat and that’s final, that’s that,
So don’t act like you’ve lost your best friend.
I resigned myself to my penitence,
Which for me, a fate far worse than death,
Tomorrow I’d retire my old friend to the fire
And fall prey to my sweetheart’s bequest.
The next day we jumped in the pick-up,
We took off and headed for town
To the Buckaroo Emporium and Old Hat Crematorium,
Final resting place of old hats broken-down.
The Emporium was a cathedral,
The walls lined with hats overhead,
Confused and bewitched ‘cause ain’t none of ‘em which
A cowboy’d be caught wearin’ dead.
A salesman waltzed over to greet us
And it didn’t take me long to deduce
This feller’d never straddled, let alone seen a saddle,
When he said Howdy there, my name is Bruce.
I whispered a word to my sweetheart,
I said Let’s get one thing real clear,
What winds up on top will be my choice, or not,
So tell Bruce there, I don’t wear cashmere.
So my wife and the salesman began walking,
While me, I trailed slowly behind,
Then `ol Bruce began pointing, detailing and anointing
Each hat as if created divine.
Our hats come in a variety of flavors he said,
All different colors and shades,
There’s chocolate and gold and chartreuse I’m told,
Even fuchsia if you’re leaning that way.
And they come in all shapes and sizes
From derbies to ten-gallon hats,
There’s oval and round, short and tall crowns,
And each has a brim sized to match.
And we have hatbands galore that will dazzle,
From snakeskin, or maybe peacock instead,
Folks will spot you from a mile, you’ll at last be in style.
That’s what I’m afraid of I said.
As my bride wandered aimlessly onward
She’d Oooh and she’d Ahhh and she’d gawk,
I grabbed Bruce by the hide and I pulled him aside
And said Sport, we need to have us a talk.
Look pard I said with my hackles up,
These hats you’re a showin’ ain’t me,
They’re fine I suppose if you wear pantyhose
But they’re just a little more glitter than I need.
So do you have something a little less garish?
Without all the pomp and circumstance?
That doesn’t belong on stage with Elton John,
Come from Hollywood or God forbid, France?
You got anything back there without sparkles?
And won’t set off an airport alarm?
That’s not made by Versache, or worn by Liberace?
You have anything that doesn’t glow in the dark?
I need a hat for my head that’s quiet,
A plain ribbon band would be great,
It shouldn’t look absurd like I’d wrecked with a bird,
No buckles or conches or snakes.
Bruce gasped and tossed his arm to his forehead,
For a moment I thought he might faint,
Oh, you’re one of those, well I guess, I suppose,
I can find something a little more quaint.
As Bruce turned to leave I stopped him,
I said, Hey Pard just one little thing,
I wear a seven and an eighth round, and prefer to shape my own crown.
He said Certainly, what color shall I bring?
We’ll that’s the easiest part I told him
That decision is pretty matter-of-fact,
You see, a cowboy can wear any color he dare,
As long as it’s gray or it’s black!