Song Lyric Sunday: Occupation – ‘If I Were A Carpenter’

Jim at A Unique Title For Me has now taken over stewardship of Song Lyric Sunday from the much-missed Helen and has set the theme of ‘Occupation’ for this week. This is the first thing that came to mind when I saw what the theme was.

Madame and I used to listen to this much-covered Tim Hardin song a lot when we were just starting out together. Fortunately for all concerned, I was able to pursue other career options.

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 me 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?

Written by Tim Hardin

Song Lyric Sunday 3 March 2019

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