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The Weavers

If I Had a Hammer (2:15)

"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…

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  • Great song, this is the oldest version I've heard.

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