Old Dan Tucker


music/lyrics: Traditional

Story

I learned this one from the TV show 'Little House on the Prairie,' where it was often sung by Mr. Edwards, the gruff mountain man with a penchant for swilling moonshine from a ceramic jug. I sang it from memory, over 20 years later, and kept it simple as possible.

Lyrics

OLD DAN TUCKER


Now Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man

He washed his face in a frying pan

Combed his hair with a wagon wheel

And died with a toothache in his heel

 

Get outta the way Old Dan Tucker

You’re too late to get your supper

Supper’s over and dinner’s cooking

Old Dan Tucker just stands there a-looking

 

Old Dan Tucker he come to town

Riding a billy goat and leading a hound

Hound dog barked and the billy goat jumped

Landed Dan Tucker on top of the stump

 

Get outta the way Old Dan Tucker

You’re too late to get your supper

Supper is over and dinner’s cooking

Old Dan Tucker just stands there a-looking

 

Old Dan tucker he come to town

Swinging the ladies round and round

First to the right and then to the left

And then to the girl that he loves best

 

Get outta the way Old Dan Tucker

You’re too late to get your supper

Supper is over and dinner’s cooking

Old Dan Tucker just stands there a-looking