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Old Dan Tucker

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About Old Dan Tucker

Old Dan Tucker was written for the minstrel stage by one of the first and greatest of America's blackface minstrels, Daniel Decatur Emmett.

(see Songs in the Life of Abraham Lincoln: Ballad of America Volume 3  for additional notes on this song)

Lyrics to Old Dan Tucker

Old Dan Tucker

chorus:

So get out the way!
Get out the way!
Get out the way Old Dan Tucker
You're too late to come to supper

verses:

I came to town the other night
I heard the noise and saw the fight
The watchman was a-runnin' round
Cryin' Old Dan Tucker's come to town

(chorus)

Tucker is a nice old man
He used to ride our darby ram
He sent him whizzin' down the hill
If he hadn't got up he'd lay there still

(chorus)

Here's my razor in good order
Magnum bonum - I just bought her
Sheep shell oats, Tucker shell corn
I'll shave you soon as the water gets warm

(chorus)

Old Dan Tucker and I got drunk
He fell in the fire and kicked up a chunk
The charcoal got inside his shoe
Lord bless you honey how the ashes flew

(chorus)

Down the road foremost the stump
Master made me work the pump
I pumped so hard I broke the sucker
There was work for Old Dan Tucker

(chorus)

I went to town to buy some goods
I lost myself in a piece of woods
The night was dark I had to suffer
It froze the heel of Daniel Tucker

(chorus)

Tucker was a hardened sinner
He never said his grace at dinner
The old sow squealed, the pigs did squall
He hole hog with the tail and all

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This song is available on the compact disc:
Ballad of America Volume 3: Songs in the Life of Abraham Lincoln
Old Dan Tucker is on the album Ballad of America Volume 3: Songs in the Life of Abraham Lincoln

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