American Negro Folklore (1968)

Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Sun Feb 13 21:03:20 UTC 2005

Thank you. I was confused by the term, "old minstrel song." When I was
a pre-adolescent, ODT was one of my most favoritest songs, in the
version sung by Burl (sp? In my day, this was quite a popular name
among black males, with many spelling variations, such as "Berl,
"Beryl," "Burrell," etc.) Ives, so I've always thought of it as a
folksong and yes, even back in those pre-TV days, I knew that Ives was

FWIW, I'm reminded that I read somewhere that "Antoine" is currently
the most common name among black professional football players and that
it's spelled over 27 different ways.


On Feb 13, 2005, at 2:55 PM, Mark A. Mandel wrote:

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> 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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