HAMMER SONG

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  • “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays.
    It was written in 1949 in support of the progressive movement, and was first recorded by
    The Weavers, a folk music quartet composed of Seeger, Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred
    Hellerman, and then by Peter, Paul and Mary.
    The song was not particularly successful when it was first released, likely due in part to
    the political climate of the time. It fared notably better when it was recorded by Peter,
    Paul, and Mary more than a decade later. Their cover of the song, released in August of
    1962, became a Top 10 hit. The song has since been recorded by dozens of major artists,
    including a version by Trini Lopez on his 1963 album Trini Lopez at PJ’s, which reached
    No. 3 in the U.S., as well as one by Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), which appeared on his
    1968 release “The Way I Feel”.
    The song “If I Had a Hammer” was a Civil Rights anthem of the American Civil Rights
    movement and covered by dozens of major artists, including Sam Cooke, who recorded
    the song in concert. It also was a common selection for “folk masses” in Catholic
    Churches.
    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