If I Were a Carpenter (song)

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"If I Were a Carpenter"
If I Were a Carpenter Four Tops.jpg
Single by Four Tops
from the album Reach Out
B-side"Wonderful Baby"
Format7-inch single
GenreFolk, soul
M 1124
Songwriter(s)Tim Hardin
Producer(s)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Yesterday's Dreams"
"If I Were a Carpenter"
"Don't Let Him Take Your Love from Me"

"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 in 1969.[1] The song has been covered a number of times by other artists.

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1967 Joan Baez covered a gender-reversed version on her album Joan, initially renamed "If You Were a Carpenter" though later compilations reverted to the original title.[3]

Four Tops version[edit]


Robert Plant version[edit]

"If I Were a Carpenter"
Single by Robert Plant
from the album Fate of Nations
Songwriter(s)Tim Hardin
  • Chris Hughes
  • Robert Plant

In 1993 former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant released a version on his studio album Fate of Nations. Plant's version reached 63 on the UK Singles Chart.[10]



Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles Chart[10] 63

Johnny Hallyday version (in French)[edit]

"Si j'étais un charpentier"
Single by Johnny Hallyday
Released1966 (1966)
Songwriter(s)French adaptation: Long Chris
Johnny Hallyday singles chronology
"Noir c'est noir"
"Si j'étais un charpentier"
"Hey Joe"

French singer Johnny Hallyday covered the song in French in 1966. His version, titled "Si j'étais un charpentier", reached no. 3 in Wallonia (French Belgium).[11]

Track listings[edit]

7" EP Philips 437.281 BE (1966)

A1. "Si j'étais un charpentier" – 2:15
A2. "On s'est trompé" – 2:40
B1. "Je veux te graver dans ma vie" – 2:50
B2. "La fille à qui je pense" – 2:57[11]


"Si j'étais un charpentier" / "Je veux te graver dans ma vie" / "La fille à qui je pense"[11][12][13]
Chart (1966–1967) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 3


  1. ^ Evans, Mike (2010). Woodstock: Three Days that Rocked the World. Sterling. ISBN 9781402780349.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 162.
  3. ^ "Joan Baez - Joan (Vinyl, LP, album)". Discogs. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212.
  5. ^ "Four Tops". www.officialscharts.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Dutch Charts: The Four Tops". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 74.
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart August 19, 1972". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Bob Seger: Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". AllMusic. United States. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b "if i were a carpenter | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  11. ^ a b c d "Ultratop.be – Johnny Hallyday – Si j'étais un charpentier" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "ultratop.be - Johnny Hallyday - Je veux te graver dans ma vie". Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  13. ^ "ultratop.be - Johnny Hallyday - La fille à qui je penses". Retrieved 2017-12-06.

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