Editors’ Notes Distilled from hundreds of recordings made for Folkway Records in the late '50s and early ‘60s, this 24-track album emphasizes Pete Seeger’s role as an agent for social change. If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle is divided into sections dealing with “unions and labor,” “peace,” “civil rights,” and “hope.” Highlights include the original 1956 versions of “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” as well as a previously unreleased take of “Turn! Turn! Turn!” Besides his own compositions, Seeger applies his ringing tenor and trademark banjo and guitar strums to everything from timeless organizing ballads like “Which Side Are You On” and “Solidarity Forever” to brooding antiwar tunes like “Crow on the Cradle” and inspiring anthems like “Study War No More.” Of special note are “We’ll All Be A-Doubling” and “Arrange and Rearrange,” a pair of tracks recorded by Seeger with family and friends in 1998. Though it lacks such ‘60s-era signature songs as “Bells of Rhymney” and “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” this collection reflects the breadth and depth of Seeger’s music and his unshakable commitment to human freedom and dignity.

SONG
If I Had a Hammer (Hammer Song)
1
1:56
 
Banks of Marble
2
3:17
 
Which Side Are You On?
3
2:09
 
Casey Jones (The Union Scab)
4
1:58
 
Talking Union
5
3:05
 
Joe Hill
6
2:32
 
Union Maid
7
2:16
 
Step By Step
8
1:37
 
Solidarity Forever
9
2:54
 
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
10
2:05
 
Talking Atom (Old Man Atom)
11
2:29
 
Crow On the Cradle
12
2:25
 
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
13
2:30
 
Study War No More (Down By the Riverside)
14
3:12
 
Bourgeois Blues
15
2:07
 
River of My People
16
3:06
 
Hold On (Keep Your Hand On the Plow)
17
3:21
 
We Shall Overcome
18
4:42
 
He Lies In the American Land
19
2:01
 
Well May the World Go
20
2:40
 
Turn, Turn, Turn
21
2:46
 
Tomorrow Is a Highway
22
3:31
 
Oh, Had I a Golden Thread
23
3:29
 
We'll All Be A-Doubling
24
1:58
 
Arrange and Rearrange
25
4:52
 
If I Had a Hammer (Hammer Song)
26
2:10
 

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