Three Dollar Hat

Album: Dodge & Burn (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • One of Jack White's few lead vocal turns on a Dead Weather song, this finds him and Alison Mosshart trading lines at the mic. They tell the tale of Jackie Lee, who vows wild revenge after his hat is stolen.
  • When Entertainment Weekly spoke to Mosshart about Dodge & Burn, she explained how the Dead Weather music isn't meticulously crafted. "As per usual with the Dead Weather, it was written and recorded at the same time. There's not a lot of thought put into the writing of the music," she said. "It's really just a human, organic explosion. Everyone starts playing at the same time and we start writing lyrics at the same time - just making stuff up and singing."
  • Here are some fun hat facts from The Encyclopedia of Trivia:

    Probably the first real hat was the broad-brimmed petasos of the ancient Greeks. It was worn only for traveling, as a protection against the weather. A chin strap held the petasos on or allowed it to hang down the back when not needed.

    The wearing of hats was made compulsory on Sundays and holidays in early seventeenth century Britain, in order to preserve the livelihood of the country's 8,000 hat makers.

    Abraham Lincoln kept his important documents inside his hat.

    Tipping the hat comes from the military salute, which in turn comes from men in armor lifting the visor to show their faces.

    A ten-gallon hat actually holds a little less than one gallon.

    London black cabs are designed to be tall enough for a gentleman to sit in without the need to remove his top hat.

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