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"
Released 1968
Format 7" single
Genre Folk, soul
Length 2:47
Label Motown
M 1124
Songwriter(s) Tim Hardin
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Four Tops singles chronology
"Yesterday's Dreams"
(1968)
"If I Were a Carpenter"
(1968)
"Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me"
(1968)

"Yesterday's Dreams"
(1968)
"If I Were a Carpenter"
(1968)
"Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me"
(1968)

"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]

Personnel[edit]

Johnny Hallyday version (in French)[edit]

"Si j'étais un charpentier"
Single by Johnny Hallyday
Released 1966 (1966)
Label Philips
Songwriter(s) French adaptation: Long Chris
Johnny Hallyday singles chronology
"Noir c'est noir"
(1966)
"Si j'étais un charpentier"
(1966)
"Hey Joe"
(1967)

"Noir c'est noir"
(1966)
"Si j'étais un charpentier"
(1966)
"Hey Joe"
(1967)

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).[10]

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)[10]

Charts[edit]

"Si j'étais un charpentier" / "Je veux te graver dans ma vie" / "La fille à qui je pense"[10][11][12]
Chart (1966–1967) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 3

References[edit]

  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 Hot 100. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bob Seger: Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Ultratop.be – Johnny Hallyday – Si j'étais un charpentier" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "ultratop.be - Johnny Hallyday - Je veux te graver dans ma vie". Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  12. ^ "ultratop.be - Johnny Hallyday - La fille à qui je penses". Retrieved 2017-12-06. 

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