“Guy Reed”

Author: Joe Scott (a friend of Reed's)
Earliest date: 1948 (Manny/Wilson)
Keywords: logger death drowning
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar)


Guy Reed is trying to break up a log jam when he is drowned. His funeral is given a full description; he is buried in his family plot


Ives-DullCare: The singer says he bought a printed copy from Joe Scott in or before 1912.

The site of the log jam is the Androscoggin River in Maine. In Manny/Wilson it is corrupted to "Andrew Grogan," which explains the alternate title. - BS

Historical references


  1. Laws C9, "Guy Reed"
  2. Ives-DullCare, pp. 96-99,246, "Guy Reed" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Ives-NewBrunswick, pp. 183-186, "Guy Reed" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Manny/Wilson 20, "Guy Reed (The Andrew Grogan Shore)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT 709, GUYREED
  6. Roud #1968
  7. BI, LC09