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Old Dan Tucker - Chords, Lyrics and Origins

Origins

Recorded recently by Bruce Springsteen on his album, 'We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions', Old Dan Tucker is an American song that dates back to at least 1843, when it was popularised by travelling black-faced minstrels. See this Wikipedia article for more information.

Chords

        G                                   C
Well old Dan Tucker was a fine old man,

D                                  G
Washed his face in a frying pan,

G                                 C
Combed his hair in a wagon wheel,

D                                    G
Died with a toothache in his heel.



Chorus


G                          C
Get out the way old Dan Tucker,

D                            G
You're too late to get your supper.


G                          C
Get out the way old Dan Tucker,

D                            G
You're too late to get your supper.

Lyrics

Well, Old Dan Tucker, was a fine old man,
Washed his face in a frying pan,
Combed his hair with a wagon wheel,
Died with a toothache in his heel.

Get out the way! Old Dan Tucker,
You're too late to get your supper.
Get out the way! Old Dan Tucker,
You're too late to get your supper.

Old Dan Tucker, he'd come to town
Riding a billy goat, leading a hound.
The hound dog barked, the billy goat jumped,
Landed 'Ol Tucker on a stump!

Get out the way! Old Dan Tucker,
You're too late to get your supper.
Get out the way! Old Dan Tucker,
You're too late to get your supper.

Now Old Dan Tucker got drunk and fell
In the fire and kicked up holy hell,
A red-hot coal fell in his shoe
And oh my Lord the ashes flew.

Now old Dan Tucker has come to town,
Swinging them ladies all around,
First to the right and then to the left,
Then to the gal that he loves best.

Get out the way! Old Dan Tucker,
You're too late to get your supper.
Get out the way! Old Dan Tucker,
You're too late to get your supper. 

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