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Verses 1, 3, and 5 of the 1843 edition are in the first person, whereas verses 2, 4, and 7 are in the third.
This reflects the song's intended performance by an entire minstrel troupe.
The last line appears to have been sung in the first person ("Oh my goodness, what'll I do?
): The song is largely Anglo-American in nature, although it has black influences.
Nevertheless, contemporary critics found the song more pleasant than previous minstrel fare.
Musicologist Dale Cockrell argues that the song represents a transition between early minstrel music and the more European-style songs of minstrelsy's later years.
The biography claims that Emmett first played the song in public at a performance by a group of traveling entertainers.
Contemporary critics certainly noticed the difference. The first performance of the tune (but not lyrics) may have happened as early as 1841.
The song has been alleged to refer to the notorious Daniel Tucker (1575-1625) of Jamestown, Virginia, and Bermuda.
The lead minstrel played Tucker and began the song, but backup singers took over at times to allow Tucker to act out the scenario, dance, and do another comedy bit.
Another version, sung by Charles Edward Carpenter—a Lawrenceburg, Tennessee business man and World War II Veteran (born in Crewstown, TN)—to his children and grandchildren in Middle Tennessee during the mid- to late 1900s speaks of Old Dan Tucker's love of a hard drink.