If I Were A Carpenter
Small Faces 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,
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?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of the Small Faces song "If I Were A Carpenter" speak about a man who poses questions to a woman he loves. He wonders if she would marry him and have his child if he were a carpenter and she were a lady. He also poses the same question if he were a tinker or a miller. He wonders if she would still love him and value him, despite the different trades he would be in. The lyrics suggest a deep sense of love and commitment, where the singer is willing to take up any occupation, as long as he can marry the woman he loves.


The song portrays the idea of commitment and the certainty of love, no matter what profession or station in life a person may hold. The singer asks if his love would still remain even if he were a carpenter or a tinker, or even a miller. The song suggests that the woman's love would stay strong, regardless of the singer's profession or financial status. The song's lyrics, therefore, appear to be a love song that speaks to the heart of the intense and unwavering love that can exist between two people.


Line by Line Meaning

If I were a carpenter
If I worked with wood as a carpenter


And you were a lady,
And if you were a woman


Would you marry me anyway?
Would you still marry me even if I were just a carpenter?


Would you have my baby?
Would you still have children with me?


If a tinker were my trade
If I worked as a tinker


would you still find me,
Would you still want to be with me


Carrying the pots I made,
Even if I was just carrying the pots I made as a tinker


Following behind me.
Would you still follow me?


Save my love through loneliness,
Keep my love for you during the lonely times


Save my love for sorrow,
Keep my love for you even during tough times


I'm given you my onliness,
I'm giving you all that I have


Come give your tomorrow.
Give me your future


If I worked my hands in wood,
If I made things out of wood


Would you still love me?
Would you still love me even if I were a carpenter?


Answer me babe, "Yes I would,
Tell me, darling, that you still would love and value me


I'll put you above me."
I will even honor and value you more highly than myself


If I were a miller
If I worked at a mill


at a mill wheel grinding,
If I was grinding flour at a mill


would you miss your color box,
Would you miss your makeup and beauty products?


and your soft shoe shining?
Or your fancy shoes?




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@willwetherell7265

THE voice of voices.

@kipponi

Absolutely❤👍

@michaelmaldonado7369

R.I.P, Steven Peter Marriott!There will never be another one like you!

@befhip

This is an absolutely soul stirring clip! Steve Marriot was the real deal! He belongs in the Hall of Fame as both a member of the Small Faces and Humble Pie!

@0231andyman

Great drumming by Kenney Jones  

@johnpaulharrison7816

Goosebumps.! Over thirty years I've loved this tune. Only the S.Faces version causes goosebumps.

@jayjay66111

the greatest rock singer of the 60's and 70's what a voice

@johnwihl4689

You can't fake passion and soul. Marriott may have been the best in the rock era at displaying that. Damn what a talent.

@deansusec8745

this guy was amazing

@JohnnyCatFitz

Is he the last one in this photo, in the jacket?

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