This little song was a hit when my younger brother, at age 7 or 8, sang it at a country school program many years ago. He stood there, a little country boy, in his overalls and straw hat, singing the praises of his “old straw hat!”
In times past, straw hats were a farmer’s necessity as a protection from the summer sun which beat down as they worked outside. Grandpa always grabbed his old straw hat when he went outside in the summertime.
But now things have changed! Today farmers ride in air-conditioned cabs and don’t feel the need of a straw hat to protect them from the sun. What farmers wear today is more of a baseball-style cap. Today the “old straw hat” is becoming only a memory.
By Doris Stensland – June 2014