The Hammer Song

“The Hammer Song” (Pete Seeger). This protest classic needs to be understood in its historical context of Cold War America. The lyrics might seem tame compared to other protest ballads but its call for warning, justice and universal brotherhood was powerfully subversive at the beginning of 1950s complacency and paranoid McCarthyism. We had a difficult time choosing between the Weavers classic 1950 recording, the Weavers live from their 1963 Carnegie Hall reunion concert, and the classic cover by Peter Paul and Mary of 1962.