"If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" as written by and Pete Seeger Lee Hays....
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
It's a song of ?
It's a song of ?
It's a song about 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 a song about love between my
Brothers and my sisters
All over this land


Lyrics submitted by kaleidoscopeeyes8, edited by mermy96

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    General CommentThe Hammer represents the symbol of communism (the hammer and sickle), and the Bell of Freedom the Freedom Bell, given as a gift from the Americans to Germany to represent the fight of freedom against communism. The writer is encouraging peace between the two conflicting ideas at the time, and, even currently.
    JayDP123on May 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy do they want to hammer "out" love? Don't they want it hammered "in"?
    pkt1190on February 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGet the Trini Lopez version
    Foundation4lifeon June 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm hard to think there was a time when the youth idolized peace, love etc etc. Nowdays being a selfish asshole seems to be the thing.
    Durang0on January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAww, that's not true, Durango. You're just not meetin' the right people.
    *****on June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Hammer out" in the creative sense--creating a rhythm, sounding a call.
    Raziel the Wiseon August 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDurango, you're so wrong. I can think of at least five fifteen-year-olds who value peace, love, etc.
    SideshowJazz1on October 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA hammer and a bell marks time...every hour on the hour. He's awaiting peace.
    funnywhenurquieton April 25, 2012   Link

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