“Don't You Hear My Hammer Ringing”


Chain-gang work song, with chorus line, "Oh don't you hear my hammer ringing?" The song complains about present work conditions, describes the career of Noah, and talks about his hammer


Courlander gives this as a single song, but it appears to me to be a combination of other songs. Very likely the gang leader just assembled the text from other songs (with a little glue of his own); it probably does not exist in tradition as an entity. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Courlander-NFM, pp. 99-101, (no title) (1 text)
  2. BI, CNFM099


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1963
Found in: US