At this year’s jam camp (Phillip Island 2022) one of the students brought this song along which we enjoyed playing and were entertained by the lyrics.

Ol’ Dan Tucker hails from circa 1843 and was written by Dan Emmett. The song relates to the exploits of a a man who fights, gets drunk, overeats, and breaks other social taboos. Perhaps not something that rare, even today.

Here is an early video clip of Grandpa Jones and his wife performing Ol’ Dan Tucker.

Ol’ Dan Tucker:

Ol’ Dan Tucker Lyrics:

Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man
Washed his face with a fryin’ pan
Combed his hair with a wagon wheel
And 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 come to town
Riding a billy goat, leading a hound
The hound dog barked and billy goat jumped
And landed old 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

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

Now Old Dan Tucker come to town
Swinging them ladies all round
First to the right an then to the left
Then to the gal that he loved 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