American Negro Folklore (1968)

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Sun Feb 13 19:55:09 UTC 2005

Wilson inquires:
> Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man,
> Washed his face in a fryin' pan,
> Combed his hair with a wagon wheel,
> Died with the toothache in his heel.
>           ---Old Minstrel Song, "Old Dan Tucker"
> JL

Is this the same song that has the verse (or chorus?):

Get out of the way of old Dan Tucker
Too late to get his supper
Supper's over and dinner's cookin'
Old Dan Tucker just standin' there lookin'

Wilson, just wondering

Yup. (Though I learned it with "breakfast" instead of "dinner".)

"Get out (of) the way..." is the chorus. It has a different tune. I don't
remember any other verses than the one given here.

I've also seen it with the chorus ending:

"Supper's over and the dishes washed,
Nothing left but a piece of squash."

mark by hand

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