HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING CANE

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HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING CANE
James A. Bland was an entertainer and a prolific composer who wrote sentimental songs
about the American South for use in minstrel shows. He briefly studied at Howard
University in Washington, D.C., but inspired by the spirituals and folk songs he heard
performed by ex-slaves working on the Howard campus, he soon abandoned academics
in favor of a profession in music. Bland wrote many other songs during his minstrel
career, including “In the Morning in the Bright Light” (1879), “In the Evening by the
Moonlight” (1879), “Oh! Dem Golden Slippers” (1879), “Hand Me Down My Walking
Cane” (1880), and “De Golden Wedding” (1880).
I got high and I got in jail
I got high and I got in jail
I got high and I got in jail
Weren’t nobody to pay my bail
My sins they have overtaken me
Chorus:
Hand me down my walkin’ cane
Hand me down my walkin’ cane
Hand me down my walkin’ cane
I’m a gonna leave on
the mornin’ train
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My sins they have overtaken me
If I die in Tennessee
If I die in Tennessee
If I die in Tennessee
Ship me back by C.O.D.
My sins they have overtaken me
(Repeat Chorus)
Hand me down my bottle of corn
Hand me down my bottle of corn
Hand me down my bottle of corn
I’m gonna get drunk as
sure as you’re born
My sins they have overtaken me
(Repeat Chorus