Covers: Nine Pound Hammer

Nine Pound Hammer was written and recorded by country artist Merle Travis (1946) as “”Nine Pound Hammer is Too Heavy”. It is an adaptation of “Take This Hammer”, a prison, logging and railroad worksong. I know it best from John Prine’s 1973 version. I believe the acoustic guitar solo on it is by Steve Goodman.


Here are versions of “Take This Hammer”

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