If I Were a Carpenter
Bobby Darin Lyrics


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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
Carryin' the pots I made
Followin' behind me?

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

If I were a miller
At a mill wheel grinding
Would you miss your color box
And your soft shoe shining?

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 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?

Overall Meaning

The song "If I Were a Carpenter" by Bobby Darin was originally written and composed by Tim Hardin in 1966, and has since been covered by numerous artists, including Johnny Cash and Joan Baez. The song is essentially a love ballad, exploring the question of whether or not conditional love exists, and ultimately concluding that it does not.


The song's first verse introduces the hypothetical scenario of the singer being a carpenter and the subject of the song being a lady. The singer asks whether the woman would still marry him and have his child, regardless of his profession. In the second verse, the singer asks whether the woman would still love him if he were a tinker, or even a miller, continuing to claim that he would love her unconditionally regardless of his occupation.


The chorus serves as a plea from the singer to the woman, asking her to save her love for him through loneliness and sorrow, and in return, he will give her his own loneliness and a promise of a future together. The final verse concludes with the same question as the first, ultimately emphasizing the theme of unconditional love.


Overall, the song's lyrics speak to the idea of true love being about the person and the connection, rather than materialistic or occupational status. The song highlights the power of love to overcome any societal barriers and expresses a desire for a deep and meaningful connection with another person.


Line by Line Meaning

If I were a carpenter
If I had a talent for building things with wood


And you were a lady
And if you were a woman


Would you marry me anyway?
Would you still want to marry me despite my profession?


Would you have my baby?
Would you want to have a child with me?


If a tinker were my trade
If tinkering with things was my job


Would you still find me
Would you still be attracted to me


Carryin' the pots I made
While carrying the pots and pans that I've fixed


Followin' behind me?
Would you follow me around even though I'm not a carpenter?


Save my love through loneliness
Preserve our love during times when we're apart


Save my love for sorrow
Keep our love strong during times of sadness


I'm given you my oneliness
I'm sharing my loneliness with you


Come give your tomorrow
Come share your future with me


If I were a miller
If I were someone who operated a mill


At a mill wheel grinding
And I were grinding at the mill wheel


Would you miss your color box
Would you still be interested in your colorful possessions


And your soft shoe shining?
And your shoes that look nice?


If I worked my hands in wood
If I was someone who worked with wood


Would you still love me?
Would you still love me even if I wasn't a carpenter


Answer me babe, yes I would
Tell me honestly, would you still love me?


I'll put you above me
I'll prioritize you above everyone else


If I were a carpenter
If I was a carpenter


And you were a lady
And you were a woman


Would you marry me anyway?
Despite my profession, would you still want to be with me?


Would you have my baby?
Would you be willing to start a family with me?


Would you marry anyway?
Would you still want to marry me?


Would you have my baby?
Would you want to have a child with me?




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Tim Hardin

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

John LaStrada

The original "cover" (it may not be considered a cover since Bobby Darin released the song (1966), and had a top 10 hit with this -- even before Tim Hardin -- the songwriter -- included his recorded version on his album Tim Hardin 2 -- (1967).


Many good versions of this classic song but I consider Bobby Darin's the true signature version. Just too sincere, emotive and genuine. Hardin repaid Darin in kind a few years later when Tim had his only "hit" and it was written by Bobby Darin ("Simple Song of Freedom").


What a team these two men would have made. Listen to Tim's cover of Darin's song (Bobby Darin was an incredible singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist) and you can hear their magic and how they complemented one another.


Bobby Darin was the single biggest push to Tim Hardin's career since Darin had many hits with Hardin songs (including the original "Reason to Believe") and many were on Darin's "If I Were a Carpenter" album on Atlantic.


I wish they had performed together.



All comments from YouTube:

Andrew Bradford

Darin's version, to me, is the most evocative, powerful, soulful version of this tune. It is beautifully rendered in simplicity and musical form.

Alex Gasiewski

Take a moment , thanks Bob.

keith welsh

this song was way ahead of its time, speaks of real life, thanks bobby

Alan S Binnie

Bobby Darin was a chameleon. He could sing in so many different styles and voices. Vastly underrated.

Kirk Barkley

YES

Tom B

If he was born twenty years earlier Frank Sinatra would have had Mario Lanza's career.

ShadowsGathered

@Tom B - I love Frank Sinatra, but that made me laugh!

Grace Gorman

People are still copying him today, 2023, and singing about him, and including his name in lyrics for Mack The Knife, for instance. "Underrated" my arse. Underrated is a pointless and silly estimate. I wish people would stop using it.

Grace Gorman

@ShadowsGathered Me too. 🤣

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Steve Ambrose

Bobby Darin nailed this version. It is my absolute favorite renditions, and one of my favorite songs of all time.

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