“Chance McGear”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: lumbering logger work death family
Found in: US(MW)


Young Chance McGear, against his parents' advice, becomes a logger. While he and his partner are loading logs, one swings around and strikes him in the head, killing him. The logging company sends his body back to his parents.


This song is item dC32 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Beck 60, "Chance McGear" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4054
  3. BI, Be060