IF I WERE A CARPENTER

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IF I WERE A CARPENTER

Tim Hardin was an American folk musician and composer. He is best remembered for
writing the top 40 hits If I Were a Carpenter” covered by Bobby Darin and Reason to
Believe” covered by Rod Stewart, as well as his own uneven recording career. It was a
Top Ten hit for Bobby Darin in 1966, reaching number 8 in the US. He died of a heroin
and morphine overdose, and is buried in the Twin Oaks Cemetery in Turner, Oregon.
If I were a carpenter
And you were a lady,
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?
If a tinker were my trade
Would you still find me,
Carrying the pots I made,
Following behind me.
Save my love through loneliness,
Save my love for sorrow,
I’m given you my loneliness,
Come give your tomorrow.
If I worked my hands in wood,
Would you still love me?
Answer me babe, “Yes I would,
I’ll put you above me.”
If I were a miller
At a mill wheel grinding,
Would you miss your color box,
And your soft shoe shining?
If I were a carpenter
And you were a lady,
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?
Would you marry anyway?
Would you have my baby?