Make Me a Pallet on the Floor

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"Make Me a Pallet on the Floor"
Published 1911
Form Folk song, Blues
Writer Traditional
Language English

"Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" (also recorded as "Make Me a Pallet on your Floor", "Make Me a Pallet" and "Pallet on the Floor") is a blues/jazz/folk song now considered as a standard. The song's origins are somewhat nebulous and can be traced back to the 19th century. Various versions of the lyrics were first published in 1911 in an academic journal of ethnomusicology. Some sources attribute the modern score to W. C. Handy who later modified into a song known as "Atlanta Blues".[1]

An early recording of the song was made by Mississippi John Hurt (as "Ain't No Tellin'").

List of cover versions[edit]

Make Me a Pallet on the Floor has been recorded or performed by a number of artists, mostly blues, jazz, folk and country American musicians. The following is an incomplete and roughly chronological list of interpretations.


  1. ^ Robertson, David (2009). W.C. Handy: the life and times of the man who made the blues. Random House of Canada. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-0-307-26609-5. 
  2. ^ Dixon, Robert M.W.; Goodrich, John M.W.; Rye, Howard W. (1997). Blues & Gospel Records 1890–1943 (4th ed.). Clarendon Press. p. 419. ISBN 0-19-816239-1. 

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