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Which Hat Shall I Wear

This song is by Chad Mitchell Trio and appears on the album Typical American Boys (1965).

Which Hat Shall I Wear? - Chad Mitchell Trio

Which hat shall I wear, the red one or blue one?
Which hat shall I wear to the PTA?
The red hat's becoming; the blue one's a new one.
Mary, come here. Tell me which do you say?

This afternoon's meeting of our PTA
Is certain to be well attended
For we are protesting the ruling today
Of the way separate schools will be ended.
Now Mary, you've worked for me over a year.
By now you must certainly know
That I'm very fond of your people, my dear,
And I don't mind telling you so.

I think it's a pity my Jimmy can't be
In school with his darker skinned brothers.
With school integration I fully agree,
And so do the rest of the mothers.
But my little Jimmy is really too small
To ride to your school on a bus.
And frankly, your people aren't helping at all.
Oh, why must there be such a fuss!

Oh dear, I must hurry and be on my way.
There's never a time for relaxing.
Mary, the windows need washing today
And the hall and the foyer need waxing.
I've left some dresses piled up on a chair,
The cleaner is coming at two.
Don't let him take the green silk with a tear.
That one, my dear, is for you.