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lefthanded guitar 27 Aug 08 - 06:03 PM
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GUEST,Louise 28 Aug 08 - 12:24 AM
Joe Offer 28 Aug 08 - 12:43 AM
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McGrath of Harlow 28 Aug 08 - 09:25 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 06:03 PM

I will be doing a short set at a restaurant patio this autumn, and I want to include some travellin' songs. Seems right for the fall. I have this line (and the shred of a melody) stuck in my head that seems to go "hand me down my walking shoes"...and/or.."my walking cane." I am sure the lyric is from some acoustic country style delta blues (since I love acoustic delta blues) and there's probably more than one version of the tune. But I can't..ah...remember it.


Anyone know a song like that? (these senior moments seem to be progressing with more freqency than I have requested)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 06:11 PM

In the DT. Also see thread 37822 and others-
Walking Cane


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,Nick E
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 10:24 PM

I remember a song from Elvin Bishop called Travelin' Shoes
the lyric...Hand Me Down My Coat & Hat & My Walking Cane, I got to put on my travilin' shoes


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Subject: ADD: Walkin' Man (Guy Clark)
From: GUEST,Louise
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 12:24 AM

There's also Guy Clark's "Walkin' Man" on his Workbench Songs CD:

Walkin' Man
(Guy Clark)

Now what's up with the walkin' man
I wonder where he's gone
Marchin' down to Birmingham
I think I'll tag along

Was a walkin' man come by here
a hundred years ago
Walkin' down the trail of tears
Out to Oklahom-i-o, out to Oklahome

Chorus:
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Hand me down my cane
Tune me up my mandolin
I'll be on my way, hey sure does smell like rain

Woodie Guthrie was a walkin' man
in the dust bowl days
Had a six-string guitar in his hands
He killed a fascist every day

Chuck Berry is a walkin' man
So was Ghandi too
Lace me up my ol' Brogans
That's just what I'll do
I got walkin' left to do

Chorus

If I had shoes like the walkin' man
Tell you what I'd do
I'd walk away and not come back
Till I got to Katmandu-da-do-da
All the do-da-day


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 12:43 AM

I'd swear I've heard a version of the song that goes, "Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes," but I don't think one has been posted. Anybody got a version?
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 07:33 AM

Joe, are you thinking of the song by Howling Wolf among others "Meet me in the Bottom";

Meet me in the bottom, hand me down my walking shoes
etc.

"Hand me Down my Walking Cane" is not the same song:

Hand me down my walking cane
Hand me down my walking cane
Hand me down my walking cane
I'm gonna leave on that midnight train
All my sins taken away taken away

I got drunk got throwed in Jail x3
Had nobody to go my Bail
All my sins etc

The peas were hard and the meat was tough x 3
Oh my Lord I couldn't eat that stuff
Ally my sins etc

If I die in Tennessee x3
Send my body back C.O.D
All my sins ect

Repeat first verse.

That's as I recall it but of course others will know variants.

Hoot


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 09:25 AM

"Ghandi"   - never was anyone of that name. Gandhi, please...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my c
From: Mooh
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 11:05 AM

Hand Me Down My Walking Cane appears on Norman Blake's wonderful album Whiskey Before Breakfast (mid '70s). I've been singing it ever since. It also appears, unattributed, in the book "Songs For Pickin' And Singin'" (selected and arranged by James F. Leisy) which I luckily found on my parents' bookshelf all those years ago. (The book has my mom's and my sister's names in it before my own...funny how a 50 cent song book from the '60s made the rounds!)

To my ears, it's the kind of timeless melody which makes it attractive to all listeners, and repeatable.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my c
From: Mooh
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 11:08 AM

Lefthanded guitar...PM sent and offer made.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RUBBERBAND MAN (from The Spinners [US])
From: Amos
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 11:17 AM

Not to be confused with "The Rubber Band Man" by the Spinners, which uses a similar opening couplet:

Hand me down my walkin' cane
Hand me down my hat
Hurry now and don't be late
'Cause we ain't got time to chat
You and me we're goin' out
To catch the latest sound
Guaranteed to blow your mind
So high you won't come down

Hey, y'all prepare yourself
For the Rubberband man
You never heard a sound
Like the rubberband man
You're bound to lose control
When the Rubberband starts to jam

Oh, Lord, this dude is outta sight
Everything he does
Seems to come out right

Once I went to hear them play
At a club outside of town
I was so surprised, I was hypnotized
By the sound these cats put down

When I saw this short fat guy
Stretch a band between his toes
Hey, I laughed so hard
'Cause the band got down
When he finally reached his nose

Hey, y'all prepare yourself
For the Rubberband man
You never heard a sound
Like the rubberband man
You're bound to lose control
When the Rubberband starts to jam

Got that rubberband
Up on his toes
And then he wriggled it up
All around his nose

(Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Guaranteed to blow your mind
(Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Playin' all that music, yet keepin' time
(Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Where in the world did he learn that, oh, Lord, huh
(Doo doo doo doo doo)
Lord, help him get away

Hey, y'all prepare yourself
For the Rubberband man
You never heard a sound
Like the Rubberband man
You're bound to lose control
When the Rubberband starts to jam
Doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo
Rubberband man, Rubberband man
How much of this stuff do he think we can stand
So much rhythm, grace and debonair from one man, Lord
And then he had nerve to wiggle his left toe
To his knee, got the feelin' in his head, y'all
Ah, come on, baby

Hey, y'all prepare yourself
For the Rubberband man
You never heard a sound
Like the rubberband man
(He's a Rubberband Man and he likes to Jam)
You're bound to lose control
When the Rubberband starts to jam

Rubberband man starts to jam
Movin' up and down across the land
Got people all in his ways
Everything about him seems out of place

Just a movin', just a movin'
Just a move-move-movin'
Just a Rubberband, Rubberband man
Just a movin', just a movin'
Just a move-move-movin'
Just a Rubberband
Rubberband man
Get down
Oh, get down lover


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: PoppaGator
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 12:30 PM

Thanks, Amos. I don't know how many times I heard that song on the radio, and never deciphered those rapid-fire lyrics.

(These are the US R&B/pop/soul Spinners, by the way, the only one's I ever knew about until fairly recently, when I stumbled into a Mudcat htread discussing a British folk group of the same name.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my c
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 02:12 AM

great version also from 1985 ish by the knitters, the country reboot of the LA band X.

Substitutes if i die in this hotel for if i die in tennessee
jon shestack


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Oct 08 - 08:41 AM

In most versions of HOG-EYE MAN you find something like:

Hand me down my walkin' cane,
I'm going to see Miss Sally Jane.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 01:01 AM

There was indeed a song called HAND ME DOWN MY WALKING SHOES recorded by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen. It's on the album "Pye Jazz Anthology," Castle Music America CD 72012, 2002. It's called "traditional" on that album. I transcribed this from a sound sample:

...my walkin' shoes.
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
To walk away and leave those blues.
Hand me down my walkin' shoes.

Hand me down (hand me down) my walkin' shoes (walkin' shoes).
Hand me down (hand me down) walkin' shoes (walkin' shoes).
Oh, hand me....

[Kenny Ball is a British Dixieland jazz trumpeter best known in the US for his 1961 hit "Midnight in Moscow."]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,Dave MacKenzie
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 07:23 PM

The song that comes to mind is Elmore James' "Look on yonders Wall":

Look on yonders wall and hand me down my walking cane.
Look on yonders wall and hand me down my walking cane.
I gotta new woman just like my baby got a new man.

(I think)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 09:48 PM

Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane

Yonder comes a man across the field
Yonder comes a man across the field,
Yonder comes a man across the field
kickin' up dust like an automobile
All of my sins been taken away

CHORUS
Hand me down my walking Cane
Hand me down my walking cane
Hand me down my walking cane
I'm leaving on the midnight train
All my sins been taken away.

Hand me down my bottle of corn X2
Gonna get drunk as sure as you're born
All my sins been taken away CHORUS

i got drunk and I got in Jail X2
And I got no one to go my bail
All my sins been taken away CHORUS

The beans was tough and the meat was fat X2
Oh good Lord I can't eat that
All my sins been taken away.

Wish I'd listened to what mama said
Wish I'd listened to what mama said
If I'd listened to what mama said
I'd be sleeping on a feather bead
All my sins been taken away CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Snuffy
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 09:39 AM

Rosie, get my Sunday shoes,
Gertie get my walkin' cane;
We'll take another walk to see
Old Alice sail again.

From OLD ZEB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 02:54 PM

Early recordings of "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane."

Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers, 1926
Kelly Harrell, 1926
Henry Whitter & Fiddler Joe, 1926
Ernest Stoneman, 1927
Vernon Dalhart, 1927
Carson Robison, 1930
Boswell Sisters and Dorsey Brothers, 1932

I have skipped over some, and the list of later 'covers' is long.
Walking Cane

"Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet"
(random references)
Royal Chanters, 1946, Savoy records
Rodeheaver, Homer, ed., "Rodeheaver Negro Spirituals, 1923" no. 12.
Charles Winters and Elond Autry, date?- before 1942.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Oct 08 - 10:01 PM

Anybody familiar with these verses?

That walking cane - get up and get it yourself.
That walking cane - get up and get it yourself.
Cause if you ain't got the gumption to fetch it,
Better just leave it on that shelf.

That mandolin - you don't know how to tune it?
That mandolin - you got no riffs or chops.
Maybe you got it cheap on eBay, baby
Best take it to a pawnshop.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,Mike
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 12:56 PM

References to Hand me Down my walking cane/shoes also in
John Haitt - Master of Disaster
and John Prine - Please don't Bury Me down in that cold cold ground


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: Reiver 2
Date: 16 Oct 08 - 01:59 PM

I had no idea that there were so many songs with the "hand me down my walkin' cane" phrase in them. The only version I knew is from a little song book that I had as a young boy (still have it, btw.) The book is "Treasure Chest of Homespun Songs" copyright by Treasure Chest Publications, Inc., New York, N.Y., 1935. No information or notes accompany it, and it contains only the two verses:

Hand me down my walkin' cane,
Oh hand me down my walkin' cane;
Yes hand me down my walkin' cane,
For I'm goin' to get that midnight train,
'Cause all my sins are taken away.

Hand me down my bottle of corn,
Oh hand me down my bottle of corn;
Oh hand me down my bottle of corn,
For I'm goin' to get drunk sure as you're born,
'Cause all my sins are taken away.

In the book the song is accompanied only by a small pen and ink sketch of a black man dressed in a top hat and tuxedo, dancing (or staggering - it's not clear which) down the street with a walking cane in one hand and a jug in the other!

Reiver 2


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,crazy little woman
Date: 17 Oct 08 - 12:16 PM

No, I've never heard your verses before, Leeneia. But they do point out that for a disenchanted, independent guy, he sure does want to be catered to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,jannick
Date: 18 Jan 13 - 08:29 AM

in the song walk of life, by the dire straits they sing:

Here comes Johnny and he'll tell you the story

--Hand me down my walkin' shoes--

Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin' blues
He got the action, he got the motion
Oh Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hand Me Down My Walking Shoes/or my cane
From: GUEST,Ben howison
Date: 03 Jun 18 - 05:36 PM

"Beatnik walking" by Richard thompson:
Hand me down my walking shoes
And Mr. Murdoch’s news
I’m going thunder rain or shine
Got a papoose on my back
We’re on the right track, Jack
To leave the beatnik blues behind


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