Saturday, March 19, 2011

If I Were a Carpenter...

God, I love "If I Were a Carpenter". I cannot decide which version I love best. I think I'll go with Darin's, especially reading that he was gravely ill during this taping and died 9 mos later. Robert Plant is a god to me so he's high on the list. Also love Hardin's (the writer of the song). The Four Tops have a version. I'm a bit ehhh on that. I heard Seger's version yesterday and that's what made me decide I needed to talk about this song. I love that Fogleberg apologizes for its chauvinism. It's not even remotely chauvinistic to me.

I just love the idea of the song. If a man, was good and true through and through, I'd don't give a good Goddamn what he has. I'd just want him. If I ever remarry, this will be played at my wedding.

If I were a carpenter
And you were a lady,
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?

If a tinker were my trade
would you still find me,
Carrying the pots I made,
Following behind me.

Save my love through loneliness,
Save my love for sorrow,
I'm given you my onliness,
Come give your tomorrow.

If I worked my hands in wood,
Would you still love me?
Answer me babe, "Yes I would,
I'll put you above me."

If I were a miller
at a mill wheel grinding,
would you miss your color box,
and your soft shoe shining?

If I were a carpenter
and you were a lady,
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?
Would you marry anyway?
Would you have my baby?

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