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"'Hand Me Down My Walking Cane'" is a song written by African-American James A. Bland in 1880. It has acquired the status of a folk song, and is cataloged as Roud Folk Song Index No. 11,733.


The song has been recorded many times, in a variety of styles including country, cajun, jazz, mountain, bluegrass, rock and roll, and acoustic and electric blues. Recordings by artists having Wikipedia articles include:

* Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett (1926)

* Kelly Harrell (1926), Victor 20103

* Earl Johnson (1927) (unreleased)

* Ernest V. Stoneman (1927) Edison Record 11481

* Sid Harkreader and Grady Moore (1927) Paramount Records 3022

* Karl Radlach and His Orchestra (directed by Bernie Cummins) (1930)

* Cloma Breaux (1937), Decca 17059

* Jerry Lee Lewis (1956), Sun Records

* Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album '101 Gang Songs' (1961)

* Vern Williams and Ray Parks (1966), 'The Cabale, Berkeley, CA'

* Norman Blake, 'Whiskey Before Breakfast' (1976)

* The Knitters, 'Poor Little Critter on the Road' (1985)

* On 'The Skillet Lickers Vol. 1 (192627)', Document Recordshttps://www.amazon.com/Skillet-Lickers-Vol-1-1926-1927/dp/B001W4GCAK

* Robert Earl Keen, 'Gravitational Forces ' (2001), Lost Highway Records

* Michael Knott (2003), 'Spring 2003 Tour CD #2', independent

* Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (2005)

* Junior Wells and Pistol Pete (bluesman), 'Chicago Blues Jam Vol. 5' (DVD) (2005)

* Charlie Byrd and the Charlie Byrd Ensemble (2008), 'Great Chefs. Great Music'

* Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers (2009), 'Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers', Klang Industries

* Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

* Tex Morton

* Carson Robison

References in other songs

*The 1945 song "Look on Yonder Wall" includes the line "Look on yonder wall, hand me down my walkin' cane".

*"Please Don't Bury Me", on John Prine's 1973 album 'Sweet Revenge', has the line "Hand me down my walking cane / It's a sin to tell a lie", which also references the 1936 song "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie"

*The opening line of the 1976 song "The Rubberband Man" from the album 'Happiness Is Being with the Spinners' is "Hand me down my walking cane / Hand me down my hat" (lyrics Linda Creed, music Thom Bell).

* The 1985 Dire Straits song "Walk of Life" includes the lyric "Here comes Johnny, gonna tell you the story / Hand me down my walkin' shoes".

* The 2002 Guy Clark song "Soldiers Joy, 1864" includes the lyric "Hand me down my walking cane / I aint cut out for war".

*Bob Dylan sings the line "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" in his song "Ain't Talkin'" on his 2006 album 'Modern Times'.


Category:1880 songs

Category:1926 singles

Category:American songs

Category:Blackface minstrel songs

Category:Jerry Lee Lewis songs

Category:Songs written by James A. Bland

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