If I Had a Hammer Obi Nwogwugwu

Peter, Paul, and Mary

If I Had a Hammer

1962

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "Blowin in the Wind" "Lemon Tree"

The tune's meaning fit the emerging civil rights movement. The hammer and bell symbols were powerful images, and the more key line at this time was the refrain that sang about "love between my brothers and my sisters," and the final verse's "hammer of justice"/"bell of freedom" line. Peter, Paul. and Mary wanted to get the point of equality amongst all people across to their listeners.

The lyrics reflect the feelings of people during the sixties who just wanted all people to be seen as equal. The tune emphasizes the point of freedom and justice across the nation.

At the time, the civil rights movement was taking place.

The overall them of the song was a hope for freedom and justice throughout the United States of America.

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, uh

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 song 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

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