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"Old Dan Tucker" is one of the most common children's songs in the United States. In the early 1800's, when it was first written, it was a very popular song. It was written by one of the more popular songwriter of the time, Dan Emmett, who also wrote Dixie. Shortly after, it became a folk song, and many verses have been written for it. Here are some of the verses that have been used:

Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man,
Washed his face in a frying pan.
He combed his hair with a wagon wheel,
And died with a toothache in his heel.

Get out of the way Old Dan Tucker,
It's too late to get your supper.
Supper's over and dinner's cookin',
Old Dan Tucker just stood there lookin'.

Old Dan Tucker rode into town,
Riding a billy goat, leading a hound.
Hound dog barked, and the billy goat jumped,
Old Dan Tucker landed on a stump.

Old Dan Tucker he went to the mill,
To get some meal to put in the swill;
The miller swore by the point of his knife
He never had seen such a man in his life.

Old Dan Tucker, he got drunk,
Fell in the fire, and kicked up a chunk.
Red hot coal popped in his shoe--
Lord almighty, how the water flew!

exceptinsects mentions: "I always knew the last line as 'Hoo-WEE, how the ashes flew!' which I think is more fun since you get to say Hoo-WEE. You know." I agree.

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