“Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1926 (recordings, Kelly Harrell, Gid Tanner, Henry Whitter & Fiddler Joe)
Keywords: rambling food prison death burial floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)


Known mostly by the first verse: "Hand me down my walkin' cane (x3), I'm gonna catch the midnight train, All my sins been taken away, taken away." Remaining verses involve traveling, prison, food, where the singer wants to be buried, etc.


It is possible (perhaps even likely) that the song filed as "All My Sins Been Taken Away" is a worn-down version of this piece, but it is known in enough versions that I finally split them. - RBW

Same tune

Cross references



  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 53, "Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane" (1 text)
  2. BrownIII 363, "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" (1 text plus mention of 1 more)
  4. Roud #11733
  5. BI, FSWB053