> Does anyone have the correct spelling and meaning for the word cobeen?
> The word is part of the lyric, "put on your cobeen and your overcoat".
> We think it might mean a hat, but we have no idea how to spell it.
It is a hat but I think the correct spelling is corb/in or
something like that (I learned it phonetically, from a record). The word
also appears in the Irish-American song, "Wearing of the Green," and the
line goes something like this:
"When laws can stop the blades of grass
from growin' as they grow
And when the leaves in summer-time
their color dare not show
Then I will change the color
that I wear in my corb/in
But till that day, please God, I'll stick
to the Wearin' o' the Green."
BTW, I sang this song at a gathering of the St. Clare Ladies
Auxiliary of the Hibernians of Lawrence, Massachusetts on the St.
Patrick's Day when I was sixteen and one of the featured soloists and
had my picture taken with Teddy Kennedy who was running for re-election
and I wearing a green carnation corsage. In the Massachusetts of those
days, being of Irish descent meant that all those things sort of went