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340 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
86 OLD DAN TUCKER
For other versions and fragments, see Gardner, Folklore from the Scoharie Hills, pp. 230, 236; Journal, XXIV, 309; XXVII, 131, 284; XXXII, 489; XXXIII, 116; XL, 23, 96; XLII, 209; XLIV, 16; Lomax, American Ballads and Folk Songs, p. 259; Randolph, The Ozarks, p. 150; Cambiaire, p. 140; Botkin, p. 260; Talley, Negro Folk Rhymes, p. 5; White, American Negro Folk Songs, pp. 160, 446. On pages 446-47 of the last-named book is a typical minstrel version taken from Marsh's Selection, p. 622.
Contributed by Mr. Jesse Julian, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Learned from his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Julian. April 16, 1935.
1.     Old Dan Tucker went to town,
Dancing the ladies all around, Some to the right and some to the left, And some to the ones he loved best.
2.     Old Dan Tucker was a very fine man;
He whipped his wife with a frying pan ; He combed his hair with a wagon wheel, And died with the toothache in his heel.
3.     Old Dan Tucker climbed a tree,
His Lord and Savior for to see; The limb it broke, and the bark it flew; The devil got the limb and Tucker, too.
4.     Old Dan Tucker got a coal in his shoe;
Lord God Almighty, how the ashes flew!
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Contributed by Miss Hollis Huey, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Obtained from an aunt, Mrs. Lela Chandler, of Glezen, Indiana. Pike County. April 22, 1935.








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