IF I HAD A HAMMER


If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a bell
I'd ring it in the morning
I'd ring it in the evening
All over this land
I'd ring out danger
I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
All over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Well I've got a hammer
And I've got a bell
And I've got a song to sing
All over this land
It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's the song about love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land


Words written by Lee Hays, and music composed by Pete Seeger in 1949. The song was written in support of progressive movements in 1949 and has since become an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement and was covered by dozens of major artists. The song was renewed in 1958 and again in 1962 when it became a top 10 hit.

IF I HAD A HAMMER can now be found on several of Seeger's releases, including Clearwater Classics (1995 - Sony Special Products 17865), Sing-A-Long (1992 - Smithsonian/Folkways 40027), and For Kids And Just Plain Folks (1998, Sony Wonder 63424).[/P]

According to The New Yorker, Bruce Springsteen recorded IF I HAD A HAMMER with the Seeger Sessions Band during the Seeger Sessions, "but felt that it asserted itself too forcefully among the other songs, possibly because it was so well known."

The above lyrics are for the original Lee Hays and Pete Seeger version of IF I HAD A HAMMER. Bruce Springsteen's version has not yet been revealed.

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