The ToneWay® Project: helping people play music

Take this Hammer [core]

Take this hammer, carry it to the 5 captain
Take this hammer, carry it to the 1 captain
Take this hammer, carry it to the 4 captain
Tell him I'm 1 gone, 5 tell him I'm 1 gone

If he ask you, was I runnin',... (×3)
Tell him I's a-flyin', tell him I's a-flyin'

If he ask you, was I laughin',... (×3)
Tell him I's a-cryin', tell him I's a-cryin'

I don't want your cold iron shackles,... (×3)
It hurts my leg, it hurts my leg

I don't want no peas and cornbread,... (×3)
They hurt my pride, they hurt my pride

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Play & sing along with Take this Hammer (or any song you type in) in any key, at any speed, with real instrument recordings. You have to see it to believe it.

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Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.