“Bob Seger – If I Were A Carpenter”

07 Jul
“Bob Seger – If I Were A Carpenter”

If I Were a Carpenter” is a song written by Tim Hardin. Hardin’s own recording of the piece appeared on his 1967 album Tim Hardin 2. It was one of two songs from that release (the other being “‘Misty Roses“) performed by Hardin at Woodstock

Cover versions
In 1966, it was a Top Ten hit for Bobby Darin, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Bobby Darin also had an album If I Were A Carpenter, which contained the song.

  • In 1967 Joan Baez covered a gender-reversed version on her album Joan, initially renamed If You Were a Carpenterthough later compilations reverted to the original title.[3]
  • In 1968, The Four Tops hit the Top 20 on both the pop and soul charts with their version.[4] It also reached number eight in the UK charts in 1968 staying in the charts for 11 weeks.[5] It reached number four in the Netherlands.[6]
  • In 1970 a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter went to number 2 on the country chart.[7]
  • In 1972, a cover by Bob Segerreached number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] The single was released from his album Smokin’ O.P.’s.[9]
  • According to the Discogs encyclopedia the song appears on 2287 singles, LPs or CDs. [10]

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    6 responses to ““Bob Seger – If I Were A Carpenter”

    1. nkdwhtguy

      July 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Another “brings back memories” song. Thanks for sharing.

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Light Ministry Blog

      July 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Loved this one! Hope you are doing well…

      Liked by 1 person

    3. America On Coffee

      July 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Shared in love! You are most welcome, nkdwhtguy! BIG SMILES!!


    4. davidprosser

      July 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      The Four Tops version from 1968 is the one that will remain for me. I think I was just starting to try my musical taste on back hen and decided I loved most 60’s music but loved Motown more.
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

      Liked by 1 person

    5. America On Coffee

      July 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      All is good! Have a great weekend Light ministry!

      Liked by 2 people

    6. Light Ministry Blog

      July 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks…and please call me “Steve.”



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