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All over this
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ROSALIENE BACCHUS

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, oh

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, oh

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 of out a warning
I'd sing out love between
My brothers and my sisters
All over this land, oh

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 a song about love between
My brothers and my sisters
All over this land

It's a hammer of justice
It's a bell of freedom
It's a song about love between
My brothers and my sisters
All over this land


SOURCE: METRO LYRICS AS SUNG BY PETER, PAUL
& MARY, 1962

If I Had A Hammer
Written by
Pete Seeger & Lee Hays
ALL OVER
THIS LAND
U.S. POST-ELECTION
2016
PETE SEEGER
(1919-2014)

Written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949, the song
"If I Had A Hammer" was first recorded with their new
group, The Weavers, as their first release as a collector's
item.
(Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Helleman formed part of the
quartet of the group.)

In 1952, the lyrics were tweaked when a fellow activist, Libby
Frank, suggested changing "all of my brothers" to "my brothers
and my sisters."

A decade later,
Peter, Paul & Mary - an American folk singing
group formed in New York in 1961 - changed the melody. Their
version reached #10 in the Top Charts in October 1962.

In September 1963, a Latin-tempo interpretation, recorded in
Hollywood, became a bigger hit at #3.

The "hammer" is a metaphor for power and a call to use that
power to promote love and fight injustice. The song has endured
through changing times because the message remains relevant.

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LEARN MORE AT SONG FACTS.
IF I HAD A HAMMER
SUNG BY TRINI LOPEZ
WRITTEN BY
PETE SEEGER
& LEE HAYS
Born in New York City,
Seeger is an American
folk singer and social
activist. As a champion
of folk music as a vital
heritage and a catalyst
of social change, he
sang for the labor
movement in the
1940s and 1950s, for
civil rights marches and
anti-Vietnam War
rallies in the 1960s,
and for environmental
and antiwar causes in
the 1970s and beyond.
LEE HAYS
(1914-1981)
Born in Little Rock,
Arkansas, Lee Hays is
an American folk
singer and songwriter.

After moving to New
York in 1940 (?), he
met Pete Seeger.
Together, they
started the Weavers
in 1948 to popularize
folk music.

LEARN MORE
Pete Seeger - American folk singer and social activist
Lee Hays - American folk singer and songwriter

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