If I Were a Carpenter (song)

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"If I Were a Carpenter"
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
Writer(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]


  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. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 212. 
  4. ^ "Four Tops". www.officialscharts.com. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dutch Charts: The Four Tops". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 74. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart August 19, 1972". Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bob Seger: Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

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Preceded by
"Brown Eyed Handsome Man"
by Waylon Jennings
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Johnny Cash and June Carter version)

March 7, 1970
Succeeded by
"Honey Come Back"
by Glen Campbell