There are plenty of songs out there with the word “carpenter” in the title. This list includes 20 of them! Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but each and everyone has something to offer. You won’t regret taking a look through these twenty carpenter-titled tunes.
- 1. “How to Be a Carpenter” by Aesop Rock
- 2. “The Carpenter’s Way” by Hal Ketchum
- 3. “He Sent a Carpenter” by Sawyer Brown
- 4. “The Carpenter” by Nightwish
- 5. “House Carpenter” by Bob Dylan
- 6. “My Little Carpenter” by Uncle Earl
- 7. “Carpenters Wife” by Janne Hea
- 8. “Grandpa Was A Carpenter” by John Prine
- 9. “House Carpenter” by Natalie Merchant
- 10. “Carpenter” by MzVee
- 11. “Song for a Carpenter” by Dan Fogelberg
- 12. “The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride” by Primus
- 13. “Jesus Was A Carpenter” by Johnny Cash
- 14. “If You Were a Carpenter” by Joan Baez
- 15. “If I Were a Carpenter” by The Four Tops
- 16. “Son of A Carpenter” by Taylor Hicks
- 17. “Karen Carpenter” by Tommy Lellis
- 18. “The House Carpenter” by Clarence Ashley
- 19. “Carpenter’s Son” by Graveltooth
- 20. “Carpenter Boy” by Jean Green
1. “How to Be a Carpenter” by Aesop Rock
The song is about the protagonist’s father, who worked as a carpenter. The lyrics describe his father’s daily routine while working in construction sites.
A “carpenter” reference in this song is not to be confused with the title of Bob Dylan’s “House Carpenter,” which is an entirely different song.
2. “The Carpenter’s Way” by Hal Ketchum
Hal Ketchum sings of how he misses his sweetheart during the day as she works from sunup to sundown as a carpenter. This country ballad makes references to love and carpentry work to describe how much affection should go into relationships. It was released on Hal Ketchum’s third studio album “Past the Point of Rescue” (1993).
3. “He Sent a Carpenter” by Sawyer Brown
Sawyer Brown sings about God sending Jesus Christ to earth in order to let us have everlasting life through him instead of having to die for our own sins. They sing that it was necessary for him to come in the form of a human being because that is how we assume our sins are. It was written by Steve Wariner and Kerry Chater and features harmony vocals from Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Ron Block.
4. “The Carpenter” by Nightwish
This gothic metal song is about a man who has been in love with a carpenter’s daughter since he was a young boy. This feeling never went away as he grew older, but the girl only considered him a friend.
One day, she met someone else who asked her to marry him right away, which caused her to leave town with him forever. The narrator still wonders whether she knew how much he loved her.
5. “House Carpenter” by Bob Dylan
The chorus suggests that she prefers him to stay with her instead as he promises that he will return after settling things with another girl, potentially his wife.
6. “My Little Carpenter” by Uncle Earl
This American bluegrass band released their self-titled album “Uncle Earl” in 2004 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The album was produced and recorded by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin fame). The album features traditional bluegrass songs and tunes from the United States and Europe, including five original tracks written by band members Heydon Prowse and Christen Lien.
7. “Carpenters Wife” by Janne Hea
Janne Hea (born in 1979) is a Finnish singer and songwriter. She began her career as a member of the group Vennaskond. Her first solo album “Ma sind” was released in 2004. “Carpenters Wife” is one of the songs on this album and makes references to how talented Lydia can be at sewing and making clothes for her family.
8. “Grandpa Was A Carpenter” by John Prine
John Prine grew up in Maywood, Illinois, with his father Sam Garman, who was an amateur musician and luthier who built guitars and mandolins. Prine also recalls memories of spending time with his grandfather Matthew Garman, who was a professional carpenter. Prine pays homage to these two men in this song, which was released on his self-titled album (1971).
9. “House Carpenter” by Natalie Merchant
Natalie Anne Merchant is an American singer/songwriter and musician. She was the lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs from 1981 to 1993. “House Carpenter” is a traditional folk ballad from the Appalachian Mountains region of North America, where it has been traced as far back as 1849. The 1950’s version recorded by Harry Smith for the Anthology of American Folk Music is one of the most famous versions of this song today.
10. “Carpenter” by MzVee
MzVee sings about how girls these days put themselves down and feel like because they don’t look like models, then there must be something wrong with them. She tells her listeners to stop putting themselves down and comparing themselves to others because at the end of the day; we are all human beings with differences that make us unique, not superior or inferior to one another based on our looks alone.
This Ghanaian Afro-Pop artist made her debut into the music world in 2012 with her first single, “Gal Dance.” In 2013 she released a mixtape called Sweet Revenge. The song “Carpenter” is one of its tracks, and it features vocals from rapper Sarkodie.
11. “Song for a Carpenter” by Dan Fogelberg
This Grammy Award-winning folk-rock singer/songwriter made his debut on record in 1975 with Home Free to strong reviews and sales. “Song For A Carpenter” was included on his second album, Souvenirs (1978). Fogelberg’s style fell somewhere between mellow rock and folk music, which helped him create a successful recording career that lasted 25 years until his death in 2007.
12. “The Carpenter and the Dainty Bride” by Primus
Primus is an American rock band that was formed in 1984. The band’s lineup includes bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander. They are considered to be progressive rock because of their experimental nature, which mixes ska, punk rock, funk, thrash metal, and many other genres into their music.
13. “Jesus Was A Carpenter” by Johnny Cash
This song is on the album of American recordings entitled Johnny 99 (1983). It is one of nine songs on this album that were written by folk singer Steve Young. It has been covered numerous times by various artists throughout the years, including Johnny Cash, who recorded it on his album Heart of the Country (1975).
14. “If You Were a Carpenter” by Joan Baez
Joan Chandos Baez is an American folk singer/songwriter who has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. She found great success in the mid-1960’s when she released her debut album at age 19, titled Joan Baez (1960). The song “If You Were A Carpenter” was also written by Steve Young and was recorded by Baez on her second studio album entitled “Joan Baez In Concert, Part 1” (1961).
15. “If I Were a Carpenter” by The Four Tops
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who formed in 1957 while attending the Ferndale High school. They achieved their greatest fame during the 60s and 70s with 40 hits like “Baby I Need Your Loving”, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There”.
16. “Son of A Carpenter” by Taylor Hicks
Taylor Reuben Hicks is an American singer who won the 5th season of American Idol in 2006. During his time on Idol, he referred to himself as “the Velvet Teddy Bear” or “Teddy Bear.” His debut album was titled Under Construction; it was released on November 20th ,2006 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.
17. “Karen Carpenter” by Tommy Lellis
Tommy Lellis is an American country music singer/songwriter who has been writing and performing since he was a teenager. He has opened for several notable country musics acts like Kix Brooks and Randy Travis in addition to releasing albums that include singles such as “Carpenter,” which reached #22 on the US Country Charts in 1994.
18. “The House Carpenter” by Clarence Ashley
Clarence Leamore Ashley is an American folk musician from East Tennessee who performed old-time music of the Appalachian region using banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, and fiddle. He was a member of the influential folk music duo The Skillet Lickers. “The House Carpenter” is a traditional American folk song about a house made of candy and gingerbread that is guarded by an evil man with three eyes.
19. “Carpenter’s Son” by Graveltooth
Graveltooth formed in 2000 as a one-man band whose sound consists of experimental psychedelic rock mixed with country and bluegrass elements. In addition to releasing four studio albums under his own name, Graveltooth has also managed to release two albums under the name Howlin’ Maggie (one self-titled; the other called Self-Titled). “Carpenter’s Son” appears on their third album entitled I’ve Got A Reason To Smile.
20. “Carpenter Boy” by Jean Green
Jean Green is an English folk music singer who was born in Kent, England. She has released seven albums under the name of The Young Tradition that includes singles such as “Carpenter’s Son”, which was later covered on an album entitled Traditional Songs & Ballads of the Appalachians performed by various artists, including Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
Working as a carpenter requires craftsmanship and talent. So as like many of these songs performed by many famous artists. I hope you enjoyed the list.