I’m a crosscut saw
Baby drag me cross your log
Crosscut Saw. John Hammond version, 1968. Originally released in 1941, and first recorded by either Tommy McClennan or Tony Hollins. Credited to neither, in terms of who wrote the song. Could be in the “traditional” category of no specific writer. Later songwriting credit given to R.G. Ford, a Memphis attorney who produced a version of the single in 1964. Debate continues as to who actually wrote the song.
From John Hammond’s 1968 album, Sooner or Later.
Remember seeing John Hammond at the Mariposa Folk Festival, one morning on 1970. Maybe around 10. Had a major stutter, which disappeared when he sang. 27 years old. Said I need a drink. No response from the smaller morning crowd. Then said I NEED A DRINK. Somebody from the audience passed him up a bottle of hard. Couple of swigs and then ready to go.
Some call me Woodchopper Joe