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_____________American Ballads and Folk Songs
"If Ole Dan he had corn to buy, He'd mo'n and wipe his weepin' eyej But when Ole Dan had corn to sell, He was as sassy as all hell. Git out o' the way, etc."
But the North Carolina lady is wrong. The original six-stanza "Old Dan Tucker" was written by Dan Emmett, who was also the author of "Dixie" and many other popular songs. Not one of his stanzas is quoted by the writer. There are hundreds of spurious stanzas that yet survive.
I came to town de udder night, I hear de noise, an' I saw de fight. De watchman wuz a-runnin' roun' Cryin' "Old Dan Tucker's come to town."
So, git outa de way for old Dan Tucker, He's come too late to git his supper. Supper's over and breakfast cookin', Old Dan Tucker standin' lookin'.
Old Dan Tucker he went to de mill, To git some meal to put in de swill j The miller swo' by de point of his knife He nebber had seed such a man in his life.
Dan Tucker and I we did fall out,
And what do you think it was about?
He tread upon corn; I kicked him on de chin,
An' dat's de way dis row begin.
Old Dan began in early life, To play de banjo an' de fifej He play de niggers all to sleep, An' den into his bunk he creep.