"the music of Ol' Dan Tucker skirled and whined from the string band"

Ol' Dan Tucker is a popular American song.  Its origins are unknown, but it entered folk vernacular around the mid 1800s.  The rhythm lends itself well to dances, and its simplicity and repetitive nature has led it to be adapted, with verses added and changed, to suit many different purposes. 

Bruce Springsteen recorded the most recent popular version.