Leader Resource 1: If I Had a Hammer Lyrics

The song, “If I Had a Hammer,” was written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in the 1950s while they were members of the band, The Weavers, and popularized in the next decade when Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded and performed it. Permission pending from The Richmond Organization.

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.

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.

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