“If I Had A Hammer” Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary (1962), Trini Lopez (1963) and The Weavers (1949)

July 9, 2012



#10 Pop

                                    The song was given life in the Sixties with many hit covers  that represented the civil rights movement. Peter, Paul and Mary’s hit cover version won both the 1962 Grammy for Best Folk Vocal Performance and 1962 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.


#3 Pop, #12 R & B, #4 U.K.

Trini Lopez had a #3 hit with my favorite cover version of “If I Had A Hammer” in 1963.  A bit of trivia for you is that Lopez also covered PP&M‘s first single ever, “Lemon Tree” and bested them on the charts with it as well!

Please find the  lyrics at the end of this post  to sing along with Trini! But if you are a Booomer of the Sixties, as I am, you probably don’t need these lyrics for reference since you know every last lyric by heart –  Don’t you?  :-)

The original,  unsuccessful 1949 version of “If I Had a Hammer” was recorded and released by The Weavers.  The Weavers folk group consisted of Pete Seeger & Lee Hayes (the Hammer Song composers).  Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman rounded out the quartet.  The song was intended to represent the progressive movement.

“If I Had A Hammer” (The Hammer Song) – Words and music by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger*

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

©1958, 1962 (renewed), 1986 (renewed)
TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. (BMI)

SOURCE:  The Lyrics Connection

*Mark Eitzel is listed as the third composer at some sources.

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