“Tassels on Her Boots”


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


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." - RBW


  1. Randolph 491, "Tassels on Her Boots" (1 text)
  2. Spaeth-WeepMore, pp. 93-94, "Tassels on the Boots" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Gilbert, p. 60, "Tassels on Her Boots" (1 partial text)
  4. Roud #3275
  5. BI, R491


Author: Robert Combs
Earliest date: 1869 (publication)
Keywords: clothes courting
Found in: US(So)