Many times the classic song was recorded in a variety of styles including country, Cajun, jazz, mountain, bluegrass, rock and roll, and acoustic and electrical blues. "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" is called a popular track, still, its writing is often credited to James Bland, Stephen Foster's religious successor, the greatest musician of the late 19th century and the writer of "Carry Me Back To Old Virginny." Bland is credited with the compositions of some 700 tracks, but only around 20% of them are copyrighted, an unforgivable sin for a patent lawyer's child! While there seems to be no direct evidence that he composed the album, his inclusion into the National Biography of African America points to some interesting speculation. The tale in the song is not a completely happy one; although there is no reference either of a white sports coat as in the interpretation of Jerry Lee Lewis, the singer demands to be handed down "My Bot-tie o' corn," and predictably ends up lost in prison. Prolific song Writer, Thomas Hischak dates "Throw Me Down My Walking Cane" to the year 1865 in The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia and often refers to it as " a traditional American spiritual that describes dying and going to heaven to pick a cane and riding the midnight train now that' all my sins are taken away'."