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Whistle Punk Pete-logging song about hook tender

GUEST, 19 Jan 01 - 12:08 PM
GUEST 12 Mar 14 - 07:13 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 12 Mar 14 - 07:40 PM
GUEST,Dalillama 13 Mar 14 - 12:37 AM
Joe Offer 13 Mar 14 - 06:44 PM
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Subject: logging song about a hook tender anyone?
From: GUEST,
Date: 19 Jan 01 - 12:08 PM

I'm looking for a logger song about a logger who wants to be a hook tender and in the end marries a girl named Myrtle. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.

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Subject: RE: logging song about a hook tender anyone?
Date: 12 Mar 14 - 07:13 PM

Whistle punk Pete by buzz martin

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Subject: RE: logging song about a hook tender anyone?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Mar 14 - 07:40 PM

Post lyrics if you know them.

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Subject: RE: logging song about a hook tender anyone?
From: GUEST,Dalillama
Date: 13 Mar 14 - 12:37 AM

Transcribed from Spotify, sorry for any typos.

Whistle-Punk Pete stood only five feet
And he wasn't gonna get any bigger
But his main ambition was to hold the position
Of hook tender and head rigger
But everybody knew that unless he grew
He wasn't ever going to make it
It takes a pretty big man
That's an all around hand
There's hardly any way you can fake it.
Youu put a block and a strap onto little Pete's back
And he'd head in the wrong direction.
Makin' new lay outs and pullin' haywires
He couldn't even pull one section.
He could climb all right, he didn't mind the height
But when he got to the top oh golly
He was too small to tackle a guyline shackle
He couldn't even hook up a molly
But he was running around with a gal downtown
She was fat but kind of pretty
And we heard one day that they'd ran away
Got married in a nearby city
He was happy with his wife she was the love of his life
She had such a sweet disposition.
But Whistle-Punk Pete didn't know ant the time she'd
help him realize his ambition.
'Cause his little wife Myrtle wore a full length girdle
That had twenty three hooks and eyes
took a full half hour to hook her up every morning
Much to little Pete's surprise
Well he was hookin' and linkin', his eyes began a blinkin
And he jumped up and let out a squall
He said "Myrtle, holy cow, if the boys could see me now,
I'm a hook tender after all"

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Subject: RE: logging song about a hook tender anyone?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Mar 14 - 06:44 PM

According to, Buzz Martin, "The Singing Logger," was the father of comedian Steve Martin. Steve has put out some interesting recordings himself in recent years.

Here's the story: "The Singing Logger," Buzz Martin was the poet laureate of the timber industry, exploring through song the trials and tribulations of the brave men who risk life and limb working the forests of the Pacific Northwest. He was born Lloyd Earl Martin in a tent outside of Coon Holler, OR, on September 15, 1928. A cataract condition left him blind at age 13 and he was sent to the Oregon State School for the Blind, where he began his musical education. An experimental surgical procedure later restored Martin's sight, but in the interim he lost both of his parents, so he spent the remainder of his childhood in the care of older sister Nellie, learning the logging trade from her husband Bill Woolsey, a self-taught musical instrument maker who handcrafted his own guitars, fiddles, and dulcimers. Despite growing up without electricity, Martin occasionally tuned into broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry via battery-powered radio, and eventually began writing his own country songs as respite from a series of logging jobs including cutter, high climber, and whistle punk. In time he was regularly performing at logging camps and local dances, building a repertoire of original songs that vividly captured the demands and dangers of the timber life. In 1963 Martin appeared on country singer Buddy Simmons' Portland-area television program Channel 2 Hoedown, so impressing Simmons that he later helped land Martin a record deal. The single "Whistle Punk Pete"/"Sick of Settin' Chokers" followed on Lavender Records in 1967. A year later Martin issued his debut LP, Where There Walks a Logger There Walks a Man, the first of six full-length releases on the Ripcord label, including A Loggers Reward, A Logger Finds an Opening, and The Old-Time Logger: A Vanishing Breed of Man. He also toured regularly with the support of the Chips Off the Old Block, a family band comprising his children and their spouses, and in 1972 appeared on Johnny Cash's network television show, an experience that inspired the song "The Man at the Top Reached Clear to the Bottom to Give This Logger a Helping Hand." Martin also headlined Disneyland in 1973, and three years later was selected by the Smithsonian Institute to represent Oregon at its bicentennial Festival of American Folk Life. Martin relocated to Alaska in 1980 in search of new logging opportunities, and continued writing and performing music until his death in a hunting accident on August 1, 1983; son Steve Martin later issued the CD Where There Walks a Logger: A Tribute to My Dad Buzz Martin.

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