“All My Sins Been Taken Away”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (recording, Kelly Harrell)
Keywords: religious nonballad floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)


"I don't care what this world may say, The're all taken away... All my sins are taken away, taken away." Much of the rest of the song floats, e.g. "The devil is mad and I am glad."


This song shares nearly every word of its contents with "Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane," and I initially lumped them. But there are enough versions without the walkin' cane that I finally split them. This particular version seems best-known in North Carolina; perhaps it's a local sub-text? - RBW

Cross references



  1. BrownIII 551, "All My Sins Been Taken Away" (1 text)
  2. Chappell-FSRA 85, "My Sins Are All Taken Away" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #4205
  4. BI, Ch085