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The Frozen Logger: Lyrics

As performed by Cisco Houston

Lyrics: James Stevens

Music: Adapted from "When I Was Young and Foolish"

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As I sat down one evening,
   was in a small café
A forty year old waitress to me
   these words did say

I see you that you are a logger
   and not just a common bum
'Cause nobody but a logger
   stirs his coffee with his thumb

My lover he was a logger,
   there's none like him today
Well if you'd pour whiskey on it
   well he'd eat a bale of hay

He never used a razor
   to shave his horny hide
He'd just drive them in with a hammer
   then he'd bite them off inside

My lover he came to see me
   was on a freezing day
He held me in a fond embrace
   that broke three vertebraes

Well he kissed me when we parted
   so hard that he broke my jaw
And I could not speak to tell him
   he forgot his mackinaw

I saw my lover leaving
   sauntering through the snow
Well going grimly homeward
   at forty eight below

Wll the weather tried to freeze him
   it tried its level best
At a hundred degrees below zero
   why, he buttoned up his vest

It froze clean through to China
   and it froze to the stars above
And at a thousand degrees below zero
   it froze my logger love

And so I lost my lover
   and to this café I come
And here I wait till someone
   stirs his coffee with his thumb

Of note:

Another tall tale, related in Cisco's inimitable manner, makes a winning performance of this lyric. Of the printed versions I've seen, none mention the driving his whiskers in with a hammer... wonder if Cisco made that part up, but it is a great image. Odetta performs this song wonderfully as well, and she uses the same verse, but she was later, and the printed ones available on the Internet, referring to "originals" do not.

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