Pete Seeger, whose name pretty much means folk music, died at aged 94 this week.
Rest in Peace.
This is one of his most famous songs, and probably the most covered. It was co-written in 1949 with Lee Hays, of the Weavers, the group which first recorded it.
If I Had A Hammer has general lyrics lending themselves to wide applicability. The message of love and justice and freedom was popular with the American civil rights movement. The tirelessness tenacity of not giving up, swinging hammers and ringing bells, also clearly exemplifies the dedication of Seeger to the many causes he believed so greatly in.
For more Seeger songs here, see the Playlist.