The Frozen Logger

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"The Frozen Logger"
Written 1928
Published 1949
Writer(s) James Stevens
Language English

The Frozen Logger is an American folk song, written by James Stevens.[1] It is a tall tale song which makes reference to a logger being identifiable by the habit of stirring coffee with his thumb.[2]



The first verse or the first two verses were sometimes played as a snippet during instrument tuning breaks by the Grateful Dead in concert mainly in 1970. It was usually sung by Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.[4]


An animated version is available as The Frozen Logger 1963.


  • Bunk Shanty Ballads and Tales, James Stevens, Oregon Historical Quarterly, volume 50, number 4. December 1949.
  • Rise Up Singing 1988 page 137


The Frozen Jogger.[5]


  1. ^ "Time, December 31, 1951" (web review). 1951-12-31. Retrieved 2008-01-26. [dead link]
  2. ^ "The Frozen Logger". USA Today (November 12). 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24. [dead link]
  3. ^ Grateful Dead Family Discography
  4. ^ Deadbase "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-10-25. retrieved 2010-10-26
  5. ^ Hendrickson, Stewart. "James Stevens-Paul Bunyan and the Frozen Logger (Jogger)". Retrieved 2008-01-11.