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Tucker's Daughter

"Tucker's Daughter"
Single by Ian Moss
from the album Matchbook
Released 1989
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rock
Label Mushroom
Writer(s) Ian Moss
Don Walker
Ian Moss singles chronology

"Tucker's Daughter"
"Telephone Booth"

"Tucker's Daughter" was the first single from former Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss. Co-written by Moss and his Cold Chisel bandmate Don Walker,[1] the song reached No. 1 on the Australian singles chart on 20 March 1989. "Tucker's Daughter" became the first track on Moss's album Matchbook, released six months later. The album also went to No. 1. Together, this song and the album helped Moss win five ARIA Awards.

"Tucker's Daughter" tells of a labourer who finds himself the attention of his employer's daughter, but instead of returning her affections like the character from the Roy Orbison song "Working for the Man", he decides to "not live under Tucker's thumb" and remain his own man.

Author of the lyrics, Don Walker, would later describe how Ian Moss would send him pieces of music including certain phrases that he would like included in places within the song. He said, "Ian sent "Tucker's Daughter" on a cassette express airmail from Los Angeles where he was, and he had the melody but the only lyric he had was, 'Hey there, motherfucker.' Right through the rest of the song. I couldn't use that, but I recognised that it had a certain percussive force".[2]

Music video

The start of the video depicts Tucker's daughter, a young woman, walking through a field. Several scenes feature Ian Moss singing and playing his guitar inside a barn. Although Moss does not react to the young woman's affection in the song; three black and white scenes during the video depict the two having a romantic encounter.


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