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If I Had a Hammer

A Pete Seeger Singalong Songbook

Edited by Annie Patterson & Peter Blood (creators of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks)

"50 songs to remake the world"!

With a moving foreword by Harry Belafonte

We created this book to celebrate the centennial of Pete Seeger's birth - and for use at in singalongs and other events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Pete's birth this year.

The songbook is available now in two different formats:

Both editions contain identical content, including words & chords to:

  • 30 of the most important songs that Pete wrote, cowrote, or adapted 
  • 15 classic songs he regularly performed and taught audiences
  • 5 songs honoring Pete's work and legacy  
  • along with quotations by Pete about many of the songs, taken from his autobiography Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Pete had an uncanny ability to get an audience singing their hearts out, even if they didn't know a word of the language the songs he was teaching and leading were in. It didn't matter whether he was leading a group of 20 or of 20,000 - or even a half a million as he did at some of the huge peace marches on the Washington Mall.

Songs written or co-written by Pete:

  • A Little a' This 'n' That
  • All Mixed Up
  • Bells of Rhymney
  • Bountiful River
  • Bring ‘em Home
  • Get Up & Go
  • God’s Counting on Me
  • If I Had a Hammer
  • Kisses Sweeter than Wine
  • Letter to Eve
  • Of Time & River Flowing
  • Oh Had a Golden Thread
  • Old Devil Time
  • Precious Friend
  • Quite Early Morning
  • Rainbow Race  
  • Sailing Down My Golden River
  • Sailing Up My Dirty Stream
  • Step by Step
  • Those Three Are on My Mind
  • To Everyone in All the world  
  • To My Old Brown Earth
  • Turn, Turn, Turn
  • Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
  • Well May the World Go
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Songs Pete adapted or added to:

  • Guantanamera
  • How Can I Keep from Singing
  • Midnight Special (including a verse by Pete)
  • Old Time Religion (“Filksong” verses - and a verse by Pete)
  • Tzena Tzena (with lyrics in Hebrew, English & Arabic)
  • The Water Is Wide (including a verse by Pete)
  • We Shall Overcome

Songs that Pete performed & helped to reach a wide audience:

  • Banks of Marble
  • Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
  • God Bless the Grass
  • Goodnight Irene
  • Healing River
  • Hobo’s Lullaby
  • Joe Hill 
  • Last Night I Had a Strangest Dream 
  • Lonesome Valley (Guthrie)
  • Sailing Up, Sailing Down 
  • This Land Is Your Land
  • Union Maid 
  • Viva la Quince Brigada
  • Which Side Are You On? 

Plus 5 songs about Pete:

  • High Over the Hudson
  • Let Me Sing You a Song
  • Sing People Sing
  • Spoon of Sand
  • We’ll Pass Them On

And a postscript: "Love Call Me Home" by Peggy Seeger