Information About Old Dan Tucker
Old Dan Tucker is a song that is about a black man. It portrays him as an ugly, unintelligent man who is driven by violence and sex. It is a partially racist song. It stimulates the social taboos. They make Tucker the main subject and the narrator of the story.
There are many variations of the Old Dan Tucker song. There are verses that were added and taken away throughout different variations. There are child versions, dance versions, chorus change versions, folk versions, 1850's version, political versions, civil war versions, and many other versions. Even though there are many versions and verse changes, the tune carries throughout the whole song. It is also the same beat throughout.
This song is historical due to the possible connection to a slave farm hand from 1965. Daniel Tucker was a slave in Georgia. They think he wrote the song because of the resemblance it has to African music. Since there is a possible historic mark from this song, the Chamber of Commerce in Elbert County uses his grave site as a tourist attraction.